International Trade & Investment Controls

Export controls, sanctions, customs law, investment controls, trade barriers and WTO law

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The practice group has a tier 1 listing in JUVE and the Legal 500 and our experts are recognised as “global thought leaders” and “leading advisors”.
We have an excellent network of longstanding, trusted relationships with authorities in Germany, at EU level and in Eastern Europe.
Our team collaborates successfully with teams from other departments such as Corporate/M&A, Litigation and Tax & Private Clients.

Our experts have been advising on international trade law issues long before this became a hot topic. This has proved especially beneficial to both our clients and to us in the current situation. We have an excellent team consisting of over 20 experienced advisors based throughout Europe.

We can provide you with broad-based advice on all international trade law matters, with a special focus on the areas of trade compliance (export controls, sanctions and customs duties), investment controls, trade barriers and market access as well as WTO law.

Our experts provide sector-related, practical support when advising on your projects, whether to prevent and follow up problems in compliance-specific situations or to develop existing structures. We also handle contentious proceedings at a national level up to the European Court of Justice and at an international level before bodies responsible for dispute resolution.

Noerr’s foreign trade practice has acquired a strong foothold in the market in recent years. This is confirmed by our top position in tier 1 of the JUVE and Legal 500 rankings for foreign trade.

However, we are not just familiar with the legal side of international trade law, but also with the political framework behind it. Especially in Berlin and Brussels, the lines of communication are short, allowing us to provide our clients with quick and watertight answers to their questions. We look back on years of cooperation with government bodies in Germany and at EU level based on a foundation of mutual trust.

In addition, we offer our clients an excellent worldwide network of tried and tested relationships and outstanding regulatory expertise through our own office in Brussels.

Your services

We provide you with extensive assistance during the structuring, expansion and protection phases of your business in state-regulated markets. Our Regulatory & Governmental Affairs team offers the combined expertise of our specialists – both industry-specific and multidisciplinary.

For example, we provide advice and assistance to help you in obtaining official permits and approvals. Acting as your competent partner, we advise you on the various aspects of foreign trade law and investment screening.

  • Export controls and legislation governing supply chains
  • Sanctions law
  • Customs law and market access regulations
  • Investment controls
  • WTO law
  • Trade barriers and trade defence instruments (anti-dumping and anti-subsidies)
  • Bilateral and regional free trade agreements
  • Internal compliance programmes and relevant training courses, audits and monitoring of existing programmes
  • Representing clients in administrative proceedings and in litigation in all of the above-mentioned areas before German, European and international courts

Noerr stands out in terms of its extensive experience not just in investment controls, but also in fields such as trade compliance and foreign trade law. Bärbel Sachs, who has an excellent reputation in the marketplace for trade compliance programmes, heads the department.

Legal 500, 2021

For years, the renowned international trade law practice has continued to raise its profile and is now broadly positioned in terms of expertise and staff. Bärbel Sachs, in particular, is highly praised as a specialist.

JUVE 2020/2021


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