Dr Bärbel Sachs, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer)
Practice Group: Regulatory & Governmental Affairs
Practice Group: Digital Business

Bärbel Sachs heads the foreign trade team at Noerr. She has been advising clients in all areas of German, European and international trade law, including export controls, sanctions and customs law, anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and WTO law since 2006. Bärbel’s practice focuses on advice concerning trade compliance programmes and investigations of complex matters in the past. She also advises on foreign direct investment reviews by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.


  • European and international trade law (in particular customs, export control and sanctions law)
  • WTO, anti-dumping and anti-subsidy law
  • EU market organisation and general EU law
  • Foreign direct investments in Germany


  • Legal studies and political science at the universities of Regensburg, Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Paris and Nottingham 
  • Stages with the European Commission and the European Court of Justice
  • Research assistant at the chair for public, European and comparative law at the University of Greifswald
  • Experience as a lawyer with an international law firm in Berlin from 2006 to 2011 
  • With Noerr since 2012
  • Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers


  • "Sachs is extremely experienced, very knowledgeable in the subject matter, responsive and well-connected.", Legal 500 Germany (2021)
  • "Very experienced, well connected and able to find pragmatic solutions," "very good in compliance," clients; "focused and effective," "competent and practical," competitors, JUVE Handbook (2020/2021)
  • "Bärbel Sachs is a prominent name in the trade and customs arena where she eclipses peers with her stellar work on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy matters, as well as sanctions and export controls." Who's Who Legal (2021)
  • "Market-leading expert and thought leader," "focused and effective," "knowledgeable and hands-on," Competitor, Legal 500 (2019)
  • Leading Individual in Foreign Trade Law in Juve Handbook and Legal 500
  • "Global Elite Thought Leader" for International Sanctions, "Global Leader" for Foreign Investment Review, Who's Who Legal
  • Recommended as a leading expert in commercial law, Best Lawyers Germany


  • Board of editors of WorldECR

Selected Publications

  • Hocke/Pelz/Sachs, Außenwirtschaftsrecht, 2017 (new edition with Christian Pelz)
  • Der Brexit und seine Folgen für die Logistik, ZOLL.EXPORT, 8/2018
  • EU-Kommission will ausländische Investitionen beschränken, FAZ on 20.09.2017 (with Florian Becker)
  • Die Investitionsprüfung nach Änderung der AWV, NZG 2017, p. 1336 et seq. (with Florian Becker)
  • Germany tightens rules on FDI reviews, Trade Security Journal 3/2017, p. 28 et seq. (with Florian Becker)
  • Commentary on Articles 210 to 218 of the Union Customs Code, Witte, Unionszollkodex, Beck, 7th edition 2018
  • US-Sanktionen für Nicht-US-Unternehmen, ICC-Germany-Magazin 12/2016, p. 26 et seq.
  • Germany, WorldECR, Dual-Use Export Controls of the European Union, December 2015, p. 93 et seq. 
  • EU and German export controls and sanctions law, Georgi/Lalonde (eds), Handbook of Ex-port Controls & Economic Sanctions, 2nd edition (to be published) )
  • Grundzüge des Zollwertrechts, Zimmermann/Lison/Stadtler (eds), Zollverfahren Recht – IT – Praxis, 75th supplement 12/2015, p. 1 et seq.
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