ENVIRONMENT

As India's corporate sector increasingly responds to environmental compliance and CSR requirements, MV Kini guides its clients through India's environmental laws, case law, and latest policy developments of relevance to the corporate sector from a long-term risk management perspective.

We help clients chalk out a compliance strategy - obtaining or renewing environmental permits under the various laws including those relating to the use and management of water, air, forests, chemical substances, hazardous wastes, e-waste, plastic waste, construction & demolition waste, bio-medical waste, ozone depleting substances, insecticides as well as food safety laws. Moreover, our lawyers regularly interact with the respective government agencies overseeing these different sets of environmental laws, including the departments in charge of issuing import/export approvals.

We assist companies with their environmental due diligences and assessments of whether an Environmental Clearance / Environmental Impact Assessment needs to be obtained.

Clients are guided through their interactions with the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs), the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the central Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

The firm is skilled in turning around challenging non-compliance situations, such as in a company's immediate post-merger or acquisition phase, or after receiving show cause notices from SPCBs.

Our environmental lawyers throughout India also assist manufacturing companies with obtaining all permits to set up their units, including all EHS-related consents and clearances, fire compliance, factories' law compliances, local body approvals, etc. Our team takes pride in assisting its clients while maintaining highest ethical standards.

Our team monitors closely all environmental cases handled by the National Green Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court and closely collaborates with MVKini' s litigation team, thereby also offering seamlessly integrated legal services to our corporate clients.

We have successfully defended clients in several high-stake litigation cases against government agencies.

The firm assists clients with conveying their feedback on draft environmental laws and guidelines to the MoEF&CC.


Envitomental Law Team

Ms. Els Reynaers Kini, Partner, heads the Environmental Law team. She brings with her a wealth of international experience, as a Belgian lawyer who also studied and worked in the United States, prior to qualifying as an Indian lawyer. Els appears in the international 'Who's Who of Environment Lawyers'.

Tavinder Sidhu, Partner, heads the litigation team in New Delhi and in his capacity oversees all environmental cases before the National Green Tribunals, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court. He regularly represents clients before the MoEF&CC; the Delhi PCB and the Ozone Cell in New Delhi.

Ram P. Varma, Partner, has more than 20 years' experience in corporate litigation and heads MVKini's practise in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, based out of our Hyderabad office. Ram offers advice on joint ventures and collaborations and helps investors in obtaining licenses and approvals for setting up manufacturing projects in SEZs or green field projects in non-SEZs. He assists our clients in obtaining all consents/ authorizations from SPCBs.

Abhay Itagi, Principal Associate, holds a LL.M. from The George Washington University School of Law in the specialized area of Litigation and International Dispute Resolution. Abhay has been actively involved in arbitrations and dispute settlements for large companies like Air India and ONGC. He represents our corporate clients like NPCIL and NHAI before the National Green Tribunal, Pune, and the Bombay High Court in all environment-related litigation. Abhay also regularly interacts with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and other government agencies to obtain permits/licences for companies setting up their units in Maharashtra.

Harshal Madan, Senior Associate, is a company secretary in our Delhi office who regularly interacts with environmental government agencies in the context of obtaining import/export approvals and registrations under various environmental laws, including the MoEF&CC; the CPCB; the Ozone Cell, the Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee (CIBRC) and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).

Our team monitors closely all environmental cases handled by the National Green Tribunals, High Courts and the Supreme Court and closely collaborates with MVKini's litigation team, thereby also offering seamlessly integrated legal services to our corporate clients.

We have successfully defended clients in several high-stake litigation cases against government agencies.

The firm assists clients with conveying their feedback on draft environmental laws and guidelines to the MoEF&CC.

Key transactions
Highlights of MVKini’s experience includes:

Assisted a large international hazardous waste recycler to obtain its export permit, one of the first ever to be granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests;

The firm has specific expertise with international companies in their interactions with various pollution control boards and the MoEF to turn around challenging non-compliance situations in their immediate post-merger or acquisition phase.

MVKini has also won high-stake litigation cases against government agencies.

Advised the government of Rajasthan during its initiation of the solid waste management project as per the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol.

The firm advises large Indian trade bodies with their submissions to multilateral environmental agreements. It also assists clients in conveying their feedback with more recent environmental laws and government guidelines to government bodies and Ministries.


Key People
Els Reynaers





Els Reynaers Kini
Partner

Els Reynaers Kini is partner at MVKini and heads the Firm's environment practice. She has law degrees from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (magna cum laude), and the University of Delhi, India. She completed her LL.M. at the University of Georgia, USA, which included a thesis on the regulation of transboundary movement of hazardous wastes in the US and the EU.

Before moving to India in 2001, she worked as a lawyer on environment and energy-related issues at Allen & Overy in Brussels and at Giordano & Associates in Chicago.

Prior to obtaining her Indian law degree, Els worked as a researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, where she headed the Centre for Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade. She worked closely with the Government of India on its WTO trade and environment negotiations. She taught environmental law on the TERI School of Advanced Studies' Masters Programme.

Els specialises in environmental law, food safety regulations, nuclear law and international trade disputes.

She has extensive experience assisting companies with their environmental compliances as part of due diligence exercises, ongoing business operations and litigation processes. She helps clients chalk out their compliance strategy, which often includes obtaining or renewing environmental permits under the various environmental laws (including under the water, air, hazardous wastes, hazardous chemicals, e-Waste, pesticides and Environmental Impact Assessment regulations) and guides them through their interactions with various State P2ollution Control Boards and the central Ministry of Environment and Forests. She tracks developments in various multilateral environmental agreements and advises on repercussions for India-based companies.

Els is also the founder member and General Secretary of the Nuclear Law Association of India.

Els is listed in the Who's Who of Environmental lawyers. In the most recent 2016 edition, she is the only lawyer selected from India.

Els Reynaers Kini wrote an article on "India's Nuclear Trade-Inching Forward?" in Key Developments in Environmental Law 2014, published by Canada Law Book.

Practice Areas
Environmental Law
Project Finance
Corporate and Commercial
Power and Energy
Shipping and Maritime


Contact details
Mumbai office
else@mvkini.com
+91 22 2261 2527