Loyens & Loeff

Healthcare

The regulation of competition in the healthcare industry has made it a very dynamic and challenging industry. It is also an industry that affects all of us and is constantly in the political and social eye. Great demands are made of healthcare decision-makers. For example, there are more than 50 different acts for them to bear in mind and an interplay of competitive forces that has resulted in the reassessment of many existing business models.

Recent changes in the Dutch healthcare system and the favourable business climate here (where tax and innovation are concerned) mean that both (foreign) investors and care providers like to operate from the Netherlands when rolling out innovative care concepts. E-Health often plays an important role in the field of prevention and screening, amongst other things, too. We are also seeing that the remodelling of the healthcare system has resulted in a large number of hospital mergers and partnerships in the healthcare industry and the reorganisation of healthcare (care hotels, specialist clinics and sheltered housing and residential care concepts, for example). A growing interest in innovation in the healthcare industry is also evident in other Loyens & Loeff home markets (Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg).

We are seeing increasing regulation in the field of governance (new Code), new privacy-related legislation (data leaks) and also the need to achieve compliance. Care providers are also increasingly finding themselves confronted with forms of selective healthcare purchasing. The requirements imposed on the healthcare industry are becoming ever more extensive and intense.

The Loyens & Loeff Healthcare Team
The Healthcare Team at Loyens & Loeff has a second to none understanding of this dynamic industry and is frequently approached to assist (cure and care) healthcare institutions, healthcare insurers, suppliers (including ‘medical devices’), start-ups, (foreign) investors (both banks and private equity) and public authorities. In recent years, our team of approximately 40 specialists has been pleased to assist an impressive number of players in the healthcare industry: ranging from nursing institutions to academic hospitals, from healthcare insurers to suppliers of medical aids and from medical specialist companies (MSCs) to healthcare business owners and investors.

We now have the biggest healthcare practice in the Netherlands and can boast many years of experience in the field of advice (in the framework of healthcare regulation and market access, for example), proceedings and (real estate) transactions in the healthcare industry. The Healthcare Team has an in-depth knowledge of events and trends in the (healthcare) sub-sectors, putting it in an ideal position to empathise with clients and their specific situations: ranging from local care providers to the international healthcare market. As a full-service firm, with an integrated tax, civil and notarial approach, all of the expertise that you need is available under just one roof. You can approach us with any of your (healthcare) questions and issues and rely on a well-thought-out and pragmatic solution. Our high level of expertise enables us to advise clients quickly, efficiently and creatively.

Our track record is very diverse, but is generally characterised by matters that require a multidisciplinary approach. For example, we put together an innovative purchasing strategy for an academic hospital and also assist healthcare institutions with extramuralisation issues (healthcare real estate). We also frequently advise clients on competition-law and governance aspects of partnerships in the healthcare industry, whether concerning individual care providers or the joint purchasing of medicines by hospitals and healthcare insurers. We are often also asked to represent (foreign) investors and care providers in relation to mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry. These matters often involve corporate-law issues or require advice pertaining to tax matters or healthcare regulation. We also often act for healthcare insurers and care providers in matters involving regularity audits, purchasing disputes and insolvencies. We are also in great demand as a ‘boardroom’ advisor to healthcare institutions on governance issues (disputes between a hospital and a medical specialist company, for example).  

Given our expertise, the members of our team are often asked to speak at conferences and give guest lectures. We are the (co-)initiator of the Grotius Health Law specialist degree programme and the Registered degree programme for Compliance Officers in the Healthcare Industry. We also regularly publish in the Dutch Zorgvisie magazine and other professional magazines and post so-called Healthbits on our Healthcare Showcase Page on LinkedIn.

What can (and should) you expect from us?

  • An in-depth knowledge of the market, your business model and future developments
  • Creativity: our team offers solutions, not (only/just) answers
  • An 'awareness' of the tax aspects involved in legal issues (and vice versa
  • Pragmatic: clear and concise where possible; well-thought-out where necessary
  • Speed: with an extensive (specialist) team in place, we are able to keep delivery time frames short
  • A competitive fee: given our extensive track record and sub-specialisation, we are able to offer clients very competitive rates
  • Excellent service and accessibility: short lines of communication, a fixed contact and we are often in a position to provide assistance within just one day
  • With a well-developed network and in-depth knowledge, you stand to benefit from many extras.

What are others saying about us?
The Legal 500 Industry focus Healthcare & Life Sciences 2016: "The team, led by Gert-Wim van de Meent and Tom van Helmond, is praised for its high level of service".
Chambers Healthcare 2016: "The lawyers know their stuff and they acclimated to our corporate culture".

More information 
For more information, contact one of our tax or legal advisors directly.

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