Kristian (Krist) Werling represents medical device and biopharmaceutical manufacturers and health care service providers in a wide variety of transactional matters. He also represents private equity and venture capital investors in investments in the life sciences and health care industries. In this capacity, he works with cross-disciplinary teams to conduct legal due diligence and execute acquisitions, add-on acquisitions and divestitures, as well as provide ongoing legal services to portfolio companies. In the health care services arena, Krist has particular experience with transactions and joint ventures involving ambulatory surgical centers, specialty hospitals, dermatology, pain management and anesthesia physician practices and dental practice management companies.
Krist regularly counsels life sciences clients in transactional and regulatory issues, particularly in negotiating agreements in relation to licensing and partnership, clinical research (including clinical trial and contract research organization (CRO)), contract manufacturing and distribution. He has also assisted various medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers with the implementation of compliance plans and related policies and has been looked to by leading academic medical centers seeking to develop and monetize intellectual property assets.
Previously, Krist served as in-house counsel to Hospira, Inc., a generic specialty pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in Lake Forest, Illinois. Krist is active in the legal and charitable community, where he serves on the board of directors of The Friendship Center, a food pantry serving approximately 500 families per month, and Swedish Covenant Hospital, an independent, nonprofit teaching hospital located on the northwest side of Chicago. Additionally, Krist serves as the chair of the Life Sciences Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.