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Industry Experience

Director and Counsel

UBS, New York Branch

Hani has a broad range of experience in drafting and negotiating the terms of various types of contracts required for clinical trial research. He has worked with globally operating entities to prepare agreements for many large, multi-center international clinical studies.

Lily is an experienced, pragmatic and solution-driven attorney.  She advises early stage biotechnology companies, many of whom are VC-backed and many in the gene-therapy space, regarding complex chemistry, manufacturing and controls issues. She assists clients, both drug sponsors and contract development and manufacture organizations, in the preparation and negotiation of client-driven supply-chain documentation for clinical and commercial manufacture and supply arrangements for both biologics and small molecules. Lily also represents public and private companies in strategic collaborations, product licensing, research and development, and distribution and co-promotion agreements.

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New York Branch of UBS

Director and Counsel

  • Represented the bank in connection with domestic and international syndicated loan and complex financings

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Corporate Department Associate

  • Represented both international and domestic lending institutions and borrowers in connection with banking and project finance transactions

Sidley Austin

Member of business transactions group

Recent Client Work +

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  • Representation of Rheos Medicines, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company launched by Third Rock Ventures and focused on developing novel medicines that modulate immune cell metabolism, in establishing and negotiating comprehensive legal documentation for early-stage non-clinical and clinical services, with both academic and non-academic institutions
  • Representation of ImmunoGen Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of antibody-drug conjugate therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, in the drafting and negotiation of multiple development, clinical manufacturing, and commercial manufacturing agreements
  • Establishing customized CMC supply chain documentation, including the negotiation of clinical and commercial manufacturing agreements, on behalf of Sage Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to treat life-altering central nervous system disorders, including a proprietary IV formulation of brexanolone for the treatment of postpartum depression
  • Manufacturing and supply documentation for Atara Biotherapeutics’ exclusive license of clinical-stage T-cell therapy technology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement between Gilead Sciences, Inc. and GlobeImmune, Inc. for the development and commercialization of therapeutic vaccine products for use in conjunction with oral therapies for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection
  • Exclusive in-license of QRxPharma’s dual-opioid pain product, MoxDuo IR, by international generic pharmaceuticals company, Actavis Group’s, U.S. subsidiary, Actavis, Inc.
  • Representation of a privately held pharmaceutical company in a development and manufacturing transaction with a U.S. manufacturing company for the clinical development and manufacture of drugs for the U.S. market designed to treat several serious infections affecting women’s health
  • Commercial supply chain documentation for an early stage, public biopharmaceutical company involved in the development of molecularly targeted product candidates and T-cell product candidates
  • Commercial supply chain documentation for a late-stage, privately held biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines for serious women’s health infections

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Lily is involved with the Harvard Law School Women’s Association of New York. She also volunteers with the Montclair, New Jersey Township’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. The organization’s mission includes recommending programs, policies and legislation that benefit individuals with disabilities to the Township Council of Montclair.

Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • ‍Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Spanish