Jonathan Schur is a partner in Goodwin’s Life Sciences group. Mr. Schur advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies in structuring collaborations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and advancing products from discovery until commercialization. He has significant experience in cross-border transactions and is known for his ability to bring parties of transactions together, effectively bridging legal and cultural differences, in particular between European and U.S. companies. He also works with clients to arrange venture and later-stage financing, as well as representing them pre-IPO and at the IPO stage.

Mr. Schur counsels companies with activities that cross the Atlantic or Pacific on legal and management issues that need to be addressed to ensure efficient operations and achieve regulatory compliance. This includes the regulatory aspects of product and pricing authorizations, clinical trials, agreements with hospitals and physicians, privacy and marketing practices in the life sciences sector.

Listed in Chambers Europe 2012 for Pharma-Life Sciences Corporate in France, “dual U.S. and French qualified Jonathan Schur has a strong corporate and regulatory background. He regularly advises pharma and medical device clients on M&A and joint ventures.” In addition, Mr. Schur is listed by The Legal 500 (U.S.) for life sciences, where he is cited as being “highly skilled and committed.” He is also recommended by Practical Law Company’s “Which Lawyer?” guide for both regulatory and corporate matters.

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2018, Mr. Schur was a partner and former co-managing partner of the Paris office at Dechert LLP. He is fluent in French and English.

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Significant representations include:

  • A Copenhagen-based biopharmaceutical company in negotiation of an exclusive global license and collaboration agreement with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.*
  • A Japanese pharmaceutical company in connection with a European commercialization agreement for an oncology product.*
  • A Copenhagen-based biopharmaceutical company in negotiation of an exclusive development and license agreement with a major European pharmaceutical company.*
  • A French biopharmaceutical company in connection with a distribution agreement with an American company.*
  • A Copenhagen-based biopharmaceutical company in its IPO, one of the largest European IPOs in the life sciences sector in several years.*
  • A U.S.-based medical products manufacturer in its acquisition of the drug delivery device business assets of a French company.*
  • A Copenhagen-based biopharmaceutical company in a drug discovery agreement with an Australian/American biotechnology company.*
  • A Japanese pharmaceutical company in connection with an ICC arbitration concerning a sale of a marketing authorization.*
  • A Copenhagen-based biopharmaceutical company in a licensing agreement for a late stage product with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Activities

Mr. Schur is a former trustee, The American Library in Paris, Inc.; former president, Harvard Law School Association of France, and former administrative director, Union Internationale des Avocats.

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J.D., 1978
Harvard Law School
cum laude
A.B., 1975
Harvard College
cum laude



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