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Jennifer Bethlehem

Head of Consumer and Healthcare Group and Partner

Corporate and M&A

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About Jennifer Bethlehem

Jennifer is head of our consumer and healthcare practice globally.

Jennifer has worked extensively in all kinds of M&A in the healthcare sector and has been instrumental in building our global healthcare practice. She has particular expertise in complex cross-border deals.

Jennifer is a sponsor on the firm’s Global Sponsorship programme, a partner champion for the Associate led London Women’s Network and a mentor on the Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Programme.

Jennifer is a Trustee of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Before becoming a lawyer, Jennifer worked as a nurse for over 10 years.

Recent work

  • Astra Zeneca on its $39bn cash and share offer for Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis on the separation and subsequent spin-off of the Alcon business
  • Novartis on the acquisition of the Xiidra business from Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • Novartis on its portfolio transformation, including the asset swap with GSK (oncology, OTC and vaccines assets) and the sale of its animal health business to Eli Lilly
  • Boehringer Ingelheim on its €20bn asset swap with Sanofi
  • Merck on the sale of its consumer healthcare business to P&G
  • AstraZeneca on its defense of Pfizer’s bid, the financing of its collaboration with Daiichi Sankyo, its collaboration with Merck and its acquisition of Acerta
  • Cancer Research UK on the consortium arrangements behind the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI)
  • JB Chemicals on the disposal of its OTC business in Russia/CIS to Johnson & Johnson