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Raminta Dereskeviciute

Special Counsel
+44.(0)20.7360.8264
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Raminta Dereskeviciute is a special counsel in the European Regulatory group who splits her time between the firm’s London and Brussels offices. She is a dually qualified solicitor (in Lithuania and the UK) with significant experience in EU regulatory affairs and is well positioned to advise clients on the effect that the UK’s decision to leave the EU will have in relation to a range of regulatory compliance issues.

Ms. Dereskeviciute represents a diverse array of EU and multinational clients, including industry associations and environmental organisations in matters relating to substantial regulatory reforms in the EU, counsels clients on risks associated with EU embargoes and sanctions programs and routinely advises manufacturers and importers on the compliance of goods placed on the EU market.

Ms. Dereskeviciute has an in depth knowledge of the EU chemicals policy, including conflict minerals legislation. She assists clients in understanding and assessing the impact of the REACH and CLP regulations on their product portfolios, audits their REACH, CLP and GHS compliance and represents EU manufacturers, importers and traders in disputes before the European Chemicals Agency, including at appellate level. She has been featured in Chemical Watch as a member of the team who won the first data sharing dispute decision under REACH, ECHA's Board of Appeal, having represented the client in the oral hearing in Helsinki. Raminta is a contributor to "REACH - Best Practice Guide to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006" and publishes, and speaks, regularly on issues relating to REACH compliance and enforcement. She is also part of K&L Gates EU Chemicals team, which was ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 Belgium in 2015.

Ms. Dereskeviciute has devised compliance and crisis management programs for cosmetics, medical devices, food and consumer electronics manufacturers. She has experience of various issues at all levels of the supply chain (from obligations on manufacturers/importers to the consumer rights) and has advised on matters ranging from CE marking, tariff classification, packaging, labelling, authorisation/registration, to recall or withdrawal obligations due to health and safety risks posed by defective products. Ms. Dereskeviciute is leading the K&L Gates London task force on “Product Compliance and Liability”, which is part of the wider K&L Gates Global Boardroom Risks Solutions initiative.

Ms. Dereskeviciute counsels clients on the EU and the UK sanctions regimes and export controls, including in higher risk jurisdictions such as Russia and Iran. Her experience covers review and design of compliance programs, including training on controlled goods, prohibited jurisdictions, persons and activities. She has reviewed numerous contracts for international corporations such as JVs, SHAs, SPAs and others, in relation to potential breaches of EU and UK sanctions. Raminta regularly drafts sanctions compliance clauses for similar contractual arrangements. She assists companies in liaising with regulators when assessing whether their activities are in breach of EU sanctions regimes, or whether authorisations/licenses from the national authorities are appropriate. Ms. Dereskeviciute is an alumni fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown Law, has been a speaker and a chair of EU sanctions panels in the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, and is an author of a regular K&L Gates EU/UK sanctions alert.

Ms. Dereskeviciute is mentioned as a “name to note” by Legal 500 Belgium in 2015 rankings for Customs, Trade, WTO and anti-dumping practice.

Achievements

  • Awarded "Excellence for the Future Award" (CALI) 2006, Georgetown University
  • Awarded Fulbright Scholarship 2005-2006

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of Lithuanian Bar Association and the Lithuanian Lawyer's Association
  • Former President and Board Member of Lithuanian City of London Club
  • Member of Fulbright Association
  • Member of the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) at Georgetown Law Centre
  • Member of ASSIST Alumni worldwide
  • Board Member of Pro-Bono Committee, K&L Gates

Speaking Engagements

  • Chair of the Panel on “Economic Sanctions: Continuing and Expanded Risks for Corporates, Financial Institutions and their Advisers”, 34th International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, September 2016.
  • Training for clients and K&L Gates London departments on EU sanctions and export controls, 2016.
  • “Risk, Regulation and Governance: Product Compliance”, speaker, K&L Gates London event, June 2016. 
  • Panel discussion on EU sanctions and denied parties, speaker, 33rd International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, September 2015. 
  • “Chemical Regulations: A Legal Primer”, speaker, webinar, May 2015.
  • EU and UK Regulatory Developments 2014, speaker, Teledyne Environmental Management Meeting, Watford, June 2014.
  • “EU REACH, RoHS, WEEE, Batteries and Packaging legislation - recent developments and compliance issues”, speaker, London, March 2014.
  • Annual Education Event, Women in Mining conference, speaker, London, November 2013.
  • “Food safety, risk and modern supply networks”, contributor to the Panel discussion, Lithuanian EU Presidency event, London, October 2013.
  • “REACH audits to Group Companies and their EU based manufacturing facilities”, presenter, K&L Gates webinar, September 2013.
  • “REACH Regulation & Enforcement”, speaker, EuroChem conference, St Petersburg, August 2012.
  • “REACH Legal Implications & Supply Chain Strategies” conference, London, June 2012.
  • "REACH: legal challenges and lessons learnt", speaker, ChemSafe conference “REACH: Past and Future”, Milan, September 2011.
  • "REACH in other jurisdictions", speaker, International Iron Metallics Association Annual General Members Meeting, Paris, September 2011.
  • "REACH: legal implications and supply chain strategies 2011", contributor to presentation on Legalities and Strategies for Challenging Competition, London, January 2011.

Additional Information

  • Mini MBA Certificate, Management Centre Europe, Brussels
Advising the metals / chemicals industry and related associations on:
  • Numerous aspects of EU chemicals regulation ("REACH") and Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation ("CLP Regulation").
  • Challenging European Chemical Agency's ("ECHA") and the European Commission's decisions before ECHA's Board of Appeal, the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Compliance with WEEE, RoHS, Water Framework Directive, Waste Directive, Seveso Directive, Batteries Directive.
  • EU Raw Materials Initiative.
  • Transport of dangerous goods, including ADR and IMDG.
  • Emissions trading scheme and renewable energy, including CRS Energy Efficiency Scheme (UK).

Advising multi-national corporations, NGOs and industry associations on:
  • EU directives related to health and safety, including medical devices.
  • EU legislation on marketing of food products.
  • EU food safety directives: general food law, animal nutrition, chemical safety.
  • EU Common Fisheries Policy Reform.
  • EU policy on environment and natural resources.
  • Toys Safety Directive, including marketing of toys in the EU and the UK.
  • Regulation of cosmetic products in the EU and the Member States.
  • Representing multi-national corporations, industry associations and NGOs before the EU and the national authorities on a frequent basis (on the legislation / EU policies as listed above).