As India’s corporate sector responds to the growing environmental compliance and CSR requirements, MVKini offers guidance to its domestic and international clients on India's wide range of environmental laws and related case law.
Partner, Els Reynaers Kini heads the Environmental Law team. She brings with her a wealth of international experience gained as a Belgian lawyer, who also studied and worked in the US.
Her extensive experience is vital in assisting companies with their environmental compliances as part of due diligence exercises, ongoing business operations or litigation processes. She helps clients chalk out their compliance strategy. This includes the obtaining or renewing of environmental permits under the various environmental laws including under water; air; hazardous wastes; hazardous chemicals; e-Waste; pesticides and Environmental Impact Assessment regulations. She guides them through their interactions with various state pollution control boards and the central Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
The firm also represents its clients before judicial and quasi-judicial environmental authorities
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.
Els Reynaers Kini is a 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 pollution 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 listed in the Who’s Who of Environmental lawyers. In the most recent 2013 edition, she is the only lawyer nominated from India.
Els is widely published. She has recently written on India’s civil nuclear liability regime (Nuclear Law Bulletin, 2012/1) and published a monograph on the status of the precautionary principle. She also serves as Secretary of the newly established Nuclear Law Association of India.
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