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Maximizing Contract and Treaty-Based Protections For Cross-Border Transactions in the Pharmaceutical Industry

In the past two years, the world has navigated the uncertainties of a global pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and now even a war in Europe, with its attendant geopolitical challenges and international sanctions. The life sciences industry, like other industries, feels the impact of these events in the form of disrupted supply chain and distribution networks, shut-down production facilities and R&D labs, and threats to intellectual property rights and foreign investments – among other challenges.

To help mitigate these risks, this webinar will highlight the protections available to the life sciences companies both under contractual provisions and through the vast network of international treaties designed to protect cross-border investments. Using a role-playing format, we will address the following topics: 

  • Drafting cross-border contracts to protect your company’s right to fair, transparent and unbiased adjudication should a dispute arise, including the role of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention”) in protecting your company’s rights

  • Structuring foreign investments to protect them from adverse actions (or inactions) of the host state by taking advantage of available investment treaty protections 

  • Exercising the various remedies available to your company in the event a foreign state expropriates a protected investment, issues a compulsory license to your company’s intellectual property, fails to treat your company’s investment fairly and equitably, or otherwise violates an applicable investment treaty; and

  • The extent to which investment treaties may provide protection from losses resulting from armed conflict

If you have questions concerning this roundtable webinar, email Chayako Williams at


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Event Details

Date: March 30, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm (ET)