Financial Times Article: “Legal advisers who open doors for pioneering products”

Worth a read and features an interview with Global Cannabis Top 200 lawyer Eveline Van Keymeulen

When compiling a list of the types of expert involved in the innovations that are changing our world, you might write: data-whizz, researcher, and entrepreneur. ‘Lawyer’ would probably not be the first to come to mind. But behind many of today’s most bold and groundbreaking advances is an army of legal pioneers challenging old laws, shaping new ones, and stitching together novel financial instruments to bring new products to the market. “Lawyers are often seen as complicating matters, stifling innovation, focusing too much on things like compliance,” says Eveline Van Keymeulen, a partner at law firm Latham & Watkins. “But, increasingly, lawyers are business partners, helping companies to innovate and develop products. On a day-to-day basis, my job consists of interpreting the law in a pragmatic, forward-looking way.” Van Keymeulen is a regulatory specialist with a particular focus on the bioscience sector, who is often involved in winning regulatory approval for unfamiliar or controversial products.

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