NINA SPIELER advises companies, governments, and non-profit organizations on a wide range of EU and international trade and environmental law matters, with a particular focus on due diligence, environmental regulations, sanctions, export controls and investment screenings.
Nina regularly assists clients with responsible trade, sourcing and ESG requirements for global value chains. This includes advising on sustainability reporting, due diligence and regulations on conflict minerals and forced labor at the EU level, EU Member States and other jurisdictions. She assists clients with mapping requirements, completing gap assessments, building compliance programs and reporting under various regulatory frameworks, including OECD and UN and EU Guidelines.
As part of her involvement in environmental matters, Nina regularly advises clients on the transition to a sustainable economy including requirements relating to emissions, carbon credits, plastics, packaging, waste and green claims. This includes advising clients on EU legal developments and litigation trends and providing strategic advice for specific sectors covering automotives, food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aviation and financial services.
Nina also assists clients with multi-jurisdictional investment screening reviews and filings in the EU and globally, conducting due diligence and providing relevant transactional support.
Nina also has experience in intellectual property transactions and pharmaceutical law. She previously worked on data privacy and digital commerce where she assisted clients regarding data security and data mining. She also gained experience working for the Licensing Unit of a leading German pharmaceutical company where she contributed to licensing agreements and licensing negotiations.
Prior to joining Sidley, Nina worked at international law firms in Frankfurt and Brussels, working on international arbitration and trade disputes and advising start-ups on commercial law matters. She has experience with WTO and EU trade disputes, ICC arbitration and ad-hoc arbitration. She also has worked on negotiating and drafting free trade agreements and advised on benefiting from trade agreements.
Nina’s experience also includes advising governments and municipalities on a variety of climate-change-related matters. During her LL.M. studies, she gained experience in emissions trading and carbon off-sets working for the Climate Change Government Agency and in climate change mitigation measures working for Florida municipalities.
She has also been continuously involved in projects focusing on international human rights, including as a team leader for the Harvard Human Rights Project where she led a team analyzing the effect of human right treaties and as an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Nina holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and has previously studied in France, the UK and Russia. She is fluent in German, French and English, and has good knowledge of Spanish.