Kristian (Krist) Werling is co-chair of the Firm’s Life Sciences Practice. He represents 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 platform and 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.

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  • Windrose Health Investors in the following acquisitions and divestitures:
    • Acquisition and subsequent exit of Celerion, Inc., a global clinical research organization as well as the related add-on acquisition of Assign Clinical Research, a European clinical research organization headquartered in Vienna, Austria
    • Medical Knowledge Group, a data-driven provider of medical communications, health care consulting and data analytics to biopharmaceutical companies
    • Trumpet Behavioral Health, a provider of behavioral health services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities
    • Lykan Biosciences, an outsource manufacturer for cell and gene therapies

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  • The Legal 500 US 2017 and 2019
  • LMG Life Sciences, Life Sciences Star, 2016, 2018
  • LMG Life Sciences’ 2015 “Collaboration Deal of the Year,” for representation of Baxalta in a global license and collaboration with Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
  • The M&A Advisor, Top 40 Under 40 Legal Advisors 2015


  • American Health Lawyers Association, former chair of the Life Science Practice Group, and editor in chief of the second edition of The Fundamentals of Life Sciences Law: Drugs, Devices, and Biotech


Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg School of Management, MBA, 2010
University of Illinois College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2002
North Park University Chicago, BA, cum laude, 1999


Kristian A. Werling

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Paris, France / McDermott Event / May 23, 2017

Chicago, Illinois / McDermott Event / May 4, 2017

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 10, 2017