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Vanessa Baic

Special Counsel
+61.3.9205.2046
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Baic is a corporate and commercial lawyer whose practice focuses on the health, aged care/retirement living and therapeutic goods sectors.

Ms. Baic advises clients on a range of issues affecting the above industries including compliance with regulatory requirements, contracting, risk management, privacy, structuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Her clients include some of Australia's most well known companies in the health, aged care/retirement living and therapeutic goods sectors and comprise for-profit and not-for profit entities as well as government.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Baic worked as an in house lawyer for Australia's largest private health insurer, Medibank Private Limited. She also previously spent over five years at a large national Australian law firm where part of her time was spent on secondment to Symbion Health Limited.

Achievements

  • Monash Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • AMRAD Prize for Top Student in 3rd year Biochemistry
  • AMRAD Prize for Top Student in 2nd year Biochemistry

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Royal Women's Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee member
  • Intensive Care Foundation non-executive director
  • Law Institute of Victoria member
  • Victorian Women's Lawyers member
  • Victorian Women's Lawyers mentor
Pharmaceuticals/Therapeutic Goods
Ms. Baic has provided advice to a number of companies in the pharmaceutical sector such as originators, generics and biotechnology companies, her experience includes:
  • Commercial agreements such as contract manufacturing, research, marketing, collaboration, distribution, appointment to advisory boards, sponsorship and speaker agreements.
  • Compliance with legislation, policy and codes of practice, in particular advertising restrictions and labeling regulations (with particular expertise in advising on compliance with the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct and assisting with complaints under that Code).
  • Clinical trials, including clinical trial agreements, compliance with the Therapeutic Goods Administration and National Health and Medical Research Committee Guidelines, informed consent and ethics approvals.
  • The registration and listing of therapeutic goods and the inclusion of medical devices on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and the licensing of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
  • Listing of pharmaceutical products on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, including risk sharing agreements with the Commonwealth and compliance with price disclosure requirements.
  • Privacy, privacy audits and the preparation of standard operating procedures generally.
  • Pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions, including advising on regulatory issues relevant to the same.

Health and health facilities
Ms. Baic has advised on a range of issues affecting the health industry including compliance with regulatory requirements, contracting, risk management, privacy and structuring. She has also provided extensive advice relevant to the sale and acquisition of medical and dental practices.
Ms. Baic has advised numerous general health service providers including Symbion Health Limited, St John of God Health Care Inc, Medibank Health Solutions and its subsidiaries, Healthways Australia Pty Ltd, Vision Eye Institute Limited, Pacific Smiles Group Limited and Dental Corporation Limited. Ms. Baic has advised these health service providers on a broad range of commercial and regulatory matters relevant to the health service industry including:
  • Sales and acquisitions.
  • The regulation of medical and dental practices, medical and dental practitioners, hospitals, pathology and diagnostic imaging providers (particularly in relation to anti-kickback provisions).
  • Chronic disease management programs and contracts with private health insurers in relation to the same.
  • Arrangements between health service providers and medical and dental practitioners.
  • Arrangements between private health insurers and hospitals, day surgeries and medical practitioners (hospital purchaser provider agreements and medical purchaser provider agreements).
  • Product recalls.
  • Structuring of health service providers (taking into account both general corporate and specific health regulatory requirements).

Aged care and retirement living
Ms. Baic has advised numerous clients in the aged care and retirement living industries including for profit entities, not for profit entities, local Councils, government and financiers and is familiar with their specific needs and objectives.
Ms. Baic has advised on a range of issues affecting the aged care and retirement living industries including compliance with regulatory requirements and contracting with residents. She has also provided advice relevant to the sale of aged care facilities and retirement villages and issues relevant to the development or redevelopment of the same.
Some of Ms. Baic's matters include:
  • Advising The Salvation Army on what is one of the largest aged care and retirement village asset sales ever to take place in Australia, namely, the sale of 15 retirement villages and aged care centres in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory (a critical part of this advice was consideration of matters relevant to the redevelopment of retirement villages and aged care facilities).
  • Acting as an aged care and retirement village regulatory advisor to Stockland Corporation Limited in its acquisition of Australian Retirement Communities (ARC) (an acquisition valued at AUD329 million). The ARC retirement business consisted of 17 existing retirement villages, three villages under construction and a development pipeline of another three villages.
  • Assisting Stockland Corporation Limited with the integration of 28 retirement villages it acquired with its acquisition of Aevum Limited.
  • Advising Uniting Aged Care in its AUD9.5 million acquisition of Wyndham Manor Aged Care Facility, and also assisting Uniting Aged Care with an aged care related sale.
  • Advising the City of Whitehorse in relation to the sale of two residential aged care facilities, the City of Monash in relation to the sale of one residential aged care facility and the Manningham City Council in relation to the sale of one residential aged care facility.
  • Advising the City of Glen Eira, City of Monash, City of Whitehorse, Manningham City Council and Melbourne Citymission in matters relating to their residential aged care facilities and/or retirement villages.
  • Advising The Brotherhood of St Laurence in relation to retirement village regulation, the disposal of land containing a retirement village and the proposed future development of the retirement village property.
  • Advising financiers with due diligence matters relevant to funding proposed transactions as well as contractual matters in relation to the same.

Private health insurance
Ms. Baic has advised on a range of issues affecting private health insurers including compliance with the National Health Act and Private Health Insurance Act, employee health fund arrangements, portability of private health insurance, discounts, overseas student and overseas visitor health cover and a variety of commercial agreements such as hospital purchaser-provider agreements, chronic disease management programs and commercial ventures. Specifically, Ms. Baic has advised some of Australia's most well known private health insurers on matters including the above.

Ms. Baic has advised on a number of transactions involving private health insurers including:
  • Advising GMHBA Limited in its acquisition of the health insurance business of Druids Friendly Society.
    Ms. Baic has an extensive background in health insurance policy and has assisted clients with submissions in relation to proposed reforms or areas of concern with the regulatory environment.

Privacy
Ms. Baic has provided extensive privacy advice to many of her clients in the health, aged care/retirement living and pharmaceutical industries.

Ms. Baic has conducted privacy audits on a number of organisations and assisted them with the preparation of standard operating procedures to deal with privacy. She has also provided extensive privacy training and assisted organisations to establish appropriate privacy policies.

Ms. Baic has also advised on matters relevant to electronic health records.