Robbie McLaren

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
Profile Experience

Robbie McLaren is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins, and serves as Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group and Co-Chair of the London Corporate Department. He primarily handles cross-border M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, reorganizations, and general corporate matters. Mr. McLaren has represented clients who operate in a number of industries, with a particular focus on clients in the life sciences, healthcare, and technology industries.


Mr. McLaren's experience includes advising:
Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Abcam, a global leader in the supply of life science research tools:
    • On its US$340 million acquisition of BioVision
    • In regards to its license and asset purchase agreement with Roche Tissue Diagnostics to obtain exclusive rights to the product portfolio of Spring Bioscience Corporation (Spring)
  • BC Partners on the acquisition of a majority interest in the complex generic medicines business of Synthon International, a Netherlands-based multinational pharmaceutical company
  • Atnahs Pharma on its acquisition of assets related to five hypertension medicine brands from AstraZeneca
  • Acino on its acquisition of various pharmaceutical products and related assets in the NEMEA region from Takeda
  • Apotex on the sale of two pharmaceutical products to Intas which are aimed at stimulating white blood cells during chemotherapy
  • 8VC on the sale of their shares in Digital Surgery to Medtronic
  • Baxter International Inc., in connection with its US$625 million acquisition of Claris Injectables Limited, an India-based manufacturer of sterile injectables
  • Sienna Biopharmaceuticals in connection with its acquisition of Creabilis plc, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company
  • An Asian investor on their investment into Aerogen, an acute aerosol drug delivery business   
  • The shareholders of Pharmathen SA, a Greek pharmaceuticals company, on their sale of a controlling interest in Pharmathen to BC Partners
  • Zogenix on its acquisition of Brabant Pharma, a UK-based pharmaceutical company
  • Novo A/S in:
    • Its £230 million disposal of Archimedes
    • Its US$800 million acquisition of Xellia
    • Its £400 million acquisition of BBI
    • Connection with the initial public offering of ADS on Nasdaq of Freeline Therapeutics
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals / Actavis / Allergan on its:
    • €4.25 billion acquisition of the Actavis Group, making Watson the third largest global generics company
    • Divestment of part of its Western European generics sale and marketing business to Aurobindo
    • US$40.5 billion sale of its global generics pharmaceuticals business to Teva
  • Theramex, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to women’s healthcare, in connection with its:
    • US$703 million acquisition by CVC Capital Partners of women’s healthcare assets from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
    • Acquisition of certain pharmaceutical products from Janssen
Technology, Media, and Telecoms
  • Bloom & Wild on its acquisition of Bergamotte, a French online florist
  • Darktrace plc in connection with its £1.7 billion initial public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • The underwriters in connection with the £7.59 billion IPO of Deliveroo Holdings plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Vertical Aerospace on its US$2.2 billion business combination with Broadstone Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company
  • Centricus Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company, on its US$1 billion business combination with Arqit, a London-based developer of a quantum encryption platform
  • Canva, an Australia-based online graphic design and publishing company, on its acquisition of Kiln Enterprises, a data visualization company
  • Impact Holdings, Inc. on its acquisition of Trackonomics, a data management and digital marketing company
  • Mimecast on the acquisition of Simply Migrate, a London-based provider of archive data migration technology
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment and its subsidiary, Columbia Pictures Corporation, on the acquisition of Silvergate Media, a developer of children’s brands for broadcasters, streaming platforms, and retail partners (including the Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, and Hilda animated series)
  • Selina on their equity financings, including its US$125m Series C financing 
  • Hyundai on its investment into AppyParking, a company providing parking apps and services for drivers
  • An Asian investor on their equity investment in:
    • Sound Cloud, a Germany-based company engaged in providing online audio platform services
    • Claroty, a cybersecurity software company
    • Common Sense Robotics
  • Telenor on its €2.8 billion sale of its assets in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to PPF Group
  • Kite Tech, a UK-based mobile e-commerce platform specializing in personalized print on its sale to Canon Europa
  • Netflix Inc. on the acquisition of Millarworld, a comic book company founded by Mark Millar
  • Andreessen Horowitz on its minority investment in Improbable World Limited, a UK-based software developer focused on virtual and simulated worlds
  • Intapp on their acquisition of Rekoop
  • The Carlyle Group on its US$400 million investment in Ion Trading and its US$700 million acquisition of Dealogic
  • Calysta on its acquisition of BioProtein A/S    
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