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.