Areas of Practice
  • English
  • French
  • Romanian
  • College of Europe, LLM, European Law, 1999
  • University of Bucharest, JD, 1998
  • Université Paris II Panthéon Sorbonne, DEUG, 1998
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Brussels Bar [E List]
  • Bucharest Bar

Ruxandra Cana

Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels
TEL: +32 2 626 0571
FAX: +32 2 626 0510

Ruxandra Cana, a partner in Steptoe's Brussels office, has more than 15 years of experience advising multinational companies and industry associations on EU regulatory compliance and product defense. Chambers Europe notes that Ms. Cana’s clients are “unanimous in their praise of her for being ‘well-connected and very popular’ and state that she has ‘great judgment’ and understands the way in which the chemicals industry works.’”

Ms. Cana specifically advises clients on matters arising from the application and implementation of the EU REACH rules, including data sharing, consortia formation, only representatives, corporate structuring, and intermediates.  She has formed, and continued to act as a legal advisor to more than 20 REACH consortia. Her practice also covers REACH dossiers evaluation, substance evaluation, SVHC listings, inclusion in Annex XIV to REACH, and restrictions.

She is well-known for her litigation experience before the EU General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU, as well as for her successful representation of clients in appeals before the Board of Appeal (BoA) of ECHA.  Ms. Cana acted as counsel in the first successful direct action related to EU chemicals legislation to succeed before the EU General Court (case T-456/11).  Other recent examples of pioneering work in this area include:

  • Two favorable judgments from the Court of Justice of the EU in appeal proceedings introduced by the Polyelectrolyte Producers Group and SNF SAS against an ECHA decision (Cases C-626/11 P and C-625/11 P)
  • A successful, unprecedented court action in the UK, regarding clarifications and interpretations of EU chemicals rules, on behalf of a cosmetics trade association
  • A successful, unprecedented legal action before a national administrative court in one EU member state against the behavior of that member state in processes regulated by the EU REACH Regulation 
  • Nine pending appeals before ECHA’s BoA
  • Two appeals before ECHA's BoA won within 30 days of filing
  • Case C-199/13P: Polyelectrolyte Producers Group and Others v European Commission
  • Case C-673/13 P: Commission v Stichting Greenpeace Nederland and PAN Europe
  • Case T-573/14: Polyelectrolyte Producers Group and SNF v Commission

Ms. Cana also brings significant experience in European Union (EU) rules on biocides and pesticides, cosmetics, medical devices, consumer products such as electronics, food (labeling, nutrition, food additives, and genetically modified food), food contact materials, and emerging issues including nanotechnology and endocrine disruptors.

Ms. Cana is the managing partner of Steptoe’s Brussels Office.


  • Chambers Europe, Environment: Regulatory (Europe), 2017
  • Chambers Europe, Environment: Regulatory (Belgium), 2010-2016
  • Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Chemicals, REACH (Belgium), 2015-2017
  • Best Lawyers in Belgium, Environmental Law, 2016-2018
  • Best Lawyers in Belgium, Regulatory Practice, 2014-2018
  • Nominated as a leading Environment practitioner in the Women in Business Law guide, 2015-2017
  • Client Choice Award 2017, Belgium, Environment & Climate Change
  • Who's Who Legal, Environment, 2010-2017
  • Law360 "Rising Star," Environment, 2015
  • Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Food (Belgium), 2015
  • LMG Life Sciences, "Life Sciences Star," Belgium, 2015
  • Legal 500 EMEA, EU Regulatory: Environment, including WEEE and RoHS (Belgium), 2010-2012, 2014 
  • LMG Life Sciences, "Life Sciences Star," 2014

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