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Ursula Schliessner


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  • Second State Exam (Bavaria, 1989); Ludwigs-Maximilians University, Munich (First State Exam 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Brussels Bar (E-List), Düsseldorf, and Landgericht Düsseldorf (district court)

Ursula Schliessner leads the Environmental, Health & Safety Practice in the Brussels Office, focusing on EU environmental, food, product, and worker safety law. She is a recognized leader on REACH and other EU chemicals regulations (biocides, food contact materials, cosmetics). She regularly handles REACH registrations, compliance checks, and substance evaluation cases, including RMOAs (risk management options analysis), classification and labeling, and enforcement procedures, as well as ECHA Board of Appeal cases.

Ursula established and manages some of the first-ever REACH registration (styrene, ethylbenzene, unsaturated polyester resins, iron oxides, TCPP, gluconic acid, and sorbitol) and authorization (CTAC, CCST, CTACSub) consortia ranging from two to more than 150 member companies.

In the EU food law area, Ursula has in-depth knowledge of novel foods (authorizations and notifications under the simplified procedure) and biotech. She often advises on borderline products (foods vs. pharmaceuticals), product/additive authorizations, labeling, and claims and recalls, including for consumer products, food packaging, and electronics.

Regarding worker safety, prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Ursula created the EU cross-sectoral social dialogue agreement on good handling of silica, as ratified by 15 European industry associations and two European employee federations. The European Commission hailed this as a model agreement.

Ursula is annually recognized in leading independent legal directories. Clients say, "she is innovative, a hard worker and very analytical," adding: "she has a deep understanding of REACH matters and gives practical advice" (Chambers Europe 2017).

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Legal 500 EMEA (2016): recommended for EU regulatory, chemicals (REACH), food, and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

    Chambers Europe (2017): "Leader in Their Field" for Environment: EU Regulatory (Belgium)

    JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2014/2015: recommended for European environmental and chemical law practice

    Euromoney LMG: recipient of "Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2015" as "Best" in environment law practice

    Who's Who Legal: Environment (2015)


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