In Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through: Digital Health 2021 (UK) Latham & Watkins considers the key regulatory and transactional issues faced by market players and practitioners.

By Frances Stocks Allen, Oliver Mobasser, Sara Patel, Mihail Krepchev, and Robbie McLaren

The UK has an active digital health market comprising both the private and public sectors. Venture capital funding in the digital health sector has increased significantly in recent years, with the majority of investment appearing to come from private investment firms. However, public financing through IPOs is also on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic has further heightened the positive and dynamic investment climate for digital health technologies in the UK. In particular, the pandemic has highlighted the need for resilience in healthcare systems, including through digital health solutions. Consequently, the pandemic has significantly accelerated uptake of digital health solutions in the UK and related investment opportunities, as well as challenged structural barriers that previously slowed investment in digital health innovations.

The guidance provides helpful clarity on key regulatory changes impacting life sciences companies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

By Frances Stocks Allen, Oliver Mobasser, Héctor Armengod, Gail E. Crawford, Christoph W.G. Engeler, Robbie McLaren, and Henrietta J. Ditzen

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published a significant volume of guidance documents on various aspects of the post-Brexit life sciences regulatory landscape in the UK, including in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The guidance provides helpful clarity to life sciences companies operating in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the UK, which continue to face significant uncertainty about how they will be impacted by Brexit — particularly given the ongoing risk of a no-deal Brexit. (For detailed analysis on how a no-deal Brexit scenario would impact life sciences companies, please see this prior Latham blog post.)


On 29 March 2017, the UK Prime Minister gave the European Council formal notification under Article 50 of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, setting the default withdrawal date for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to 11 p.m. GMT on 29 March 2019. The UK Prime Minister requested an extension to the original withdrawal date in light of the UK Parliament’s failure to approve the withdrawal agreement agreed between the UK Prime Minister and the European Commission. On 21 March 2019, the European Council approved the UK government’s request, permitting an extension of the Article 50 period until either:

  • 22 May 2019, if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement by the end of the week commencing 25 March 2019
  • 12 April 2019, if the UK Parliament does not approve the withdrawal agreement by the end of the week commencing 25 March 2019, with this period capable of further extension by agreement between the European Council and the UK government, provided that the European Council expects the UK to indicate “a way forward” prior to 12 April 2019

Latham lawyers explain the impact of a no-deal Brexit scenario and how it will impact life sciences companies operating in the UK

By Frances Stocks Allen, Hector Armengod, Christoph Engeler, and Robbie McLaren

There are now fewer than three months to go until the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on March 29, 2019. On Jan. 15, 2019, the UK government rejected the provisional deal proposed by the prime minister and accepted by the EU which