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Ursula Schliessner leads the Environmental, Health & Safety Practice in the Brussels Office, focusing on EU environmental, food, product, and worker safety laws. She is a recognized leader on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) 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 European Chemicals Agency (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 chromates) 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 versus pharmaceuticals), product/additive authorizations, labeling, and claims and recalls, including for consumer products, food packaging, and electronics.

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 regarding worker safety.

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). In The Legal 500 EMEA (2020), clients commend Ursula for her "detailed knowledge and experience of the regulatory environment of chemicals."


  • International chemicals producer conducts internal auditJones Day is advising an international chemicals producer in conducting a multi-national internal antitrust audit.
  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 millionJones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • Arsenal Capital Partners sells IGM Resins to AstorgJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners (“ACP”) on the full shop auction of IGM Resins Cooperative U.A. and its group (“IGM”) to European private equity firm Astorg as the successful bidder.
  • Lam Research attempts merger with KLA-TencorJones Day represented Lam Research Corporation in its proposed acquisition of all outstanding shares of KLA-Tencor Corporation in a cash and stock transaction that placed an equity value on KLA-Tencor of approximately $10.6 billion based on its closing stock price on October 20, 2015.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires substantially all assets of Norvell Skin SolutionsJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Sunless, Inc. of substantially all of the assets of Alexandria, Tennessee-based Norvell Skin Solutions, LLC, a manufacturer of sunless tanning products.
  • The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

    Food and Food Packaging Matters

    Advised on numerous successful EU novel food authorizations and notifications under Regulation 258/97 and its predecessors for genetically modified foods and seeds.

    Advised and advocated on denomination of starch, baby food ingredients, contaminants (dioxins, pesticide residues etc.), and cross-contamination with GMOs and industrial cleaning agents.

    Advised on food hygiene matters including use of disinfectants.

    Advised on various product recall matters and developed litigation strategies in relation to migration of food packaging ingredients in food.

    Advised on approval/renewal of authorizations for additives (flavorings, colors) and processing aids/disinfectants, on health and nutrition claims, on EU recipe type legislation (juices, minced meat, meat preparations, oil, milk).

    Drafted declarations of compliance for food packaging material producers.

    Advised on implementation of cross-European innovative food labeling systems for non-prepacked foods including allergen labeling under the new EU Food Information Regulation 1169/2011.

    Additional Speaking Engagements

    • June 16, 2016
      NEPSI 10th Anniversary Conference
    • 26 novembre 2015
      REACH, 9 ans après son adoption - Retour d'expérience, Actualité et Perspective
    • June 23-24, 2015
      REACH: Legal Implications and Supply Chain Strategies 2015
    • 27. April 2015
      Zulassung unter REACH – Erfolgreich beantragen!
    • April 27, 2015
      Authorization under REACH - How to apply successfully!
    • March 25-26, 2015
      ORCHSE EU HSE Forum
    • December 11, 2014
      Strategische und rechtliche Überlegungen für Kooperationen bei der Beantragung von REACH-Zulassungen, REACH-Zulassung Workshop.
    • November 7, 2014
      Strategic and Legal Considerations for Organisation of REACH Authorisation, REACH Authorisation Workshop