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Ieva Balene

  • Senior Associate

  • Practicing attorney at law (admitted to the Lithuanian Bar in 2016)

  • Compliance specialist and officer at one of the biggest international innovative pharmaceutical company “Johnson & Johnson”, responsible for three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) for three years

  • Vast experience in advising national and international pharmaceutical companies on a wide range of pharmaceutical regulatory, pricing, compliance, personal data protection, competition, dispute resolution and other issues within this industry sector

  • Also advising companies from medical device, food, beverage and tobacco sectors on regulatory, labelling, advertisement matters as well as on other legal processes

Work experience
  • 2015 – to date

    Senior Associate, attorney at law at Ruta Pumputiene Law firm

  • 2016 – 2018

    Compliance officer for Baltic countries at Johnson & Johnson

  • 2013 – 2015

    Associate, assistant attorney at law at Valiunas Ellex (former Law firm LAWIN)

  • 2013 – 2014

    Compliance specialist for Baltic countries at Johnson & Johnson

Education
  • 2017

    Postgraduate diploma in EU Competition Law at King’s College London (UK)

  • 2012

    Vilnius University, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree

  • 2010

    Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain (Erasmus exchange programme)

Recognision
  • 2017

    Recommended Attorney in Life Sciences field by “GlobalLawExperts”.

    Recommended Attorney

Publications & other

Ieva got interested in the law of life sciences at the university during her internship at the Irish Center for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland – she participated in the research study on the rights and freedoms of a person suffering from infectious diseases. Based on this research Ieva wrote and defended her master’s thesis which then followed by working experience in a law firm, in a life science practice group.

  • Ieva is a co-author of the first edition (2015) of Lithuanian chapter of the International Encyclopaedia of Law – Medical Law, published by Kluwer Law, where she provided not only practical legal information but also valuable insights about both – national and international regulation.

    Ieva is also a co-author of other Lithuanian chapter of international publication – “The Life Sciences Law Review”. You can find this document in PDF file here.

  • As Ieva specializes in the compliance in pharmaceutical sector, where transparency and corruption prevention plays an important role, she was invited to participate in the European Union’s Anti-corruption experience sharing program in Rome (2015), during which Ieva shared he insights on the topic “Transparency in drug reimbursement. Lithuanian experience”.

  • Ieva regularly participates in various professional conferences both as participant and as a speaker – she has provided lectures on various topics, including “Violations of advertising of medicines and liability for them. Online advertising”, “Transparency and the importance of ethics for the pharmaceutical business”, “Legal environment in the cooperation of pharmacy specialists – employers – patients”, “Legal protection and representation of patients, disabled and incapable persons. European Convention on Human Rights”, “Patients’ rights and access to them“, “Food or medicine?” and other.