Malcolm Bates is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences groups based in Cambridge and London. He specialises in the commercialisation of intellectual property rights with particular expertise in life sciences. Mr. Bates advises on transactions, including licences, collaborations, distribution, manufacturing, outsourcing and R&D projects, as well as regulatory matters, contract and patent disputes, fundraisings, M&A transactions and IPOs

Prior to joining Goodwin, he was a partner and Head of Life Sciences at Taylor Wessing LLP for 16 years. Mr. Bates has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Imperial College, London. He was previously General Counsel and Vice President at Genset in Paris.

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Mr. Bates is one of the most experienced specialist licensing practitioners in Europe, advising numerous companies and investors in relation to partnering transactions.

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Mr. Bates serves as secretary to One Nucleus, a networking organisation for Life Sciences companies based in Cambridge, London and their surrounding regions.


Ranked as a leading individual in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology - Legal 500 2019

He is commended by Legal 500 in the following terms: “Malcolm Bates and his team consistently demonstrate their expertise and experience in the biotechnology sector” and is “very responsive and show[s] great commercial understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Ranked as Band 1 in Life Sciences – Transactional – Chambers 2019

He is commended by Chambers as “a very experienced transactions lawyer and negotiator, with a good scientific background,” and having a “profound understanding of the [Life Sciences] sector, much of which he owes to a previous role as vice-president and general counsel [in industry] .”

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