Bärbel Sachs, LLM

Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer), Partner

Regulatory and Governmental Affairs
Digital Business
Compliance & Investigations
Commerce & Trade
Cyber Risks
International Trade and Investment Controls

Bärbel Sachs

Bärbel Sachs heads the international trade & investment controls and regulatory & governmental affairs practice groups at Noerr. She has been advising clients in all areas of German, European and international trade law, including export controls, sanctions and customs 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 investment reviews by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.


  • "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)
  • "Sachs is extremely experienced, very knowledgeable in the subject matter, responsive and well-connected.", Legal 500 Germany (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


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


  • Board of editors of WorldECR


  • “Prudential Ownership Control and FDI Screening in the Financial Sector”, ERA Online Workshop Series, Regulatory Compliance in the EU Financial Sector, 09.06.2021
  • „Incident Response – Bewältigung von Cyberangriffen“, Noerr Digital Day, 06.05.2021
  • Update on FDI Restrictions in France, Germany and the UK - Changes and Trends in 2021, Webinar, 31.03.2021
  • Lex Mundi International Trade: Recent Trends across the Globe and What to Expect in 2021, Webinar, 23.02.2021
  • “How far may China block? A three dimensional view” – Practice in the EU and Germany under the Blocking Statutes, Webinar, 20.01.2021
  • Panel Presentation on Investment Screening from a Business Perspective, ERA Online Seminar on Investment Screening in the European Union, 13.11.2020
  • “Global Sanctions Compliance: A Lose-Lose Situation for Multi-National Companies?”, 2020 International Law Section Virtual Annual Meeting, ABA International Law Section, 06.11.2020
  • Praxisschulung Exportkontrolle Herbst 2020, Webinar, 27.10.2020
  • “Managing Cross Border Investigations during a Pandemic”, European American Chamber of Commerce New York, Webinar, 07.10.2020
  • „Pflichten und Risiken eines Ausfuhrverantwortlichen“, Webinar, 26.08.2020
  • „A paradigm shift in foreign direct investment control?”, Webinar Series on Foreign Investment Control, 14.07.2020
  • Foreign Investment Restrictions in the Post-Corona Environment, Lex Mundi Business Adaptation Webinar, 28.05.2020
  • „Deep dive investment controls – The first movers: Italy, Spain and Germany”, AT+ICA Webinar Series on Trade & Investment Controls, 27.05.2020
  • „Will COVID-19 cause an epidemic of foreign investment restrictions?”, AT+ICA Webinar Series on Trade & Investment Controls, 20.05.2020
  • “Global Sanctions Compliance”, Panel Moderation, ABA Section of International Law, 2020 Annual Meeting, Webinar, 23.04.2020
  • “How to Avoid Typical Pitfalls: Key Elements and Best Practices of Internal Trade Compliance Programs”, Panel Discussion (with Katja Stockburger, ZF Friedrichshafen and Dr. Christina Möller, Bertelsmann, ICC Trade Compliance Conference, Frankfurt, 22.10.2019
  • „Compliance mit Embargos und Finanzsanktionen: Zum Umgang mit ständig steigender Komplexität und Due Diligence Anforderungen“, Noerr Compliance Day 2019, Frankfurt, 24.09.2019 (with Dr. Tassilo Amtage, UBS Europe, Markus Jüttner, E.ON
  • “Tax, Customs and Foreign Trade Aspects of Technology Transfer Agreements”, Development and Cross-Border Sale of Technology, UIA and LexisNexis, Munich, 28.06.2019
  • “Typical Sanctions Compliance Challenges”, [at+ica] conference, Milan, 21.06.2019
  • “Key Elements of a Trade Compliance” Programme, [at+ica] conference, Milan, 21.06.2019
  • „Embargos und sonstige außenwirtschaftsrechtliche Beschränkungen“, Deutscher Kongress für Maschinensicherheit, Stuttgart, 05.06.2019
  • Compliance in der Außenwirtschaft“, Korruption und Compliance in Hochrisikoländern, Sitzung des Forum Compliance Mittelstand (FCM) Würth Elektronik GmbH, 17.05.2019
  • “EU/Iran: What’s in INSTEX, the Special Purpose Vehicle for Trade with Iran”, European Business Summit, Brussels, 07.05.2019
  • „Compliance and non-compliance: lessons learnt from Germany”, European Commission Export Control Forum 2018 / Brussels, 13.12.2018
  • Regulatorische Schranken für M&A-Transaktionen, Diskussionsleitung, 19. Münchner M&A Forum, 07.11.2017
  • ICC seminar “Finanzierung und Absicherung von Internationalen Geschäften: Zulässigkeit, Wirksamkeit und Gestaltung von Sanktionsklauseln”, Frankfurt, 12.06.2017, organisation and lecture: “Das kritische Delta: Unterschiedliche Reichweite von EU- und US-Sanktionen”  
  • “Zwischen Aufbruchsstimmung und Ernüchterung: Das Irangeschäft und seine Compliance-Risiken nach Inkrafttreten des Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”, together with Markus Warmholz, Paul Hartmann AG, Noerr Compliance Day, Munich, 05.05.2017
  • “EU Sanctions – What EU Companies Still Need to Look Out For”, international conference hosted by law firm Ughi e Nunziante on the subject of Iran, Milan, 15.03.2016
  • “Exportbeschränkungen, na und?”, organisation and contribution to a panel discussion with John Kornblum and Andreas Konle, Grob Aircraft, Structured Finance, Stuttgart, 25.11.2015
  • “Organisation der Güterklassifizierung in der Exportkontrolle”, seminars at Hamburger Zollakademie, Hamburg, 16.11.2015 and 04.05.2015
  • “Der Versicherungsmarkt als Spielball europäischer Außenpolitik: Praxistipps zum Umgang mit Embargos und Finanzsanktionen”, Noerr Spring Conference on Insurance and Reinsur-ance Law, Munich, 22.04.2015
  • “European Union Sanctions on Trade with Russia”, Lex Mundi Ad Hoc International Trade Committee, Tokyo (by audio conference), 17.10.2014
  • Webinar via Webcounselor on the subjects “Trade Compliance”, 06.10.2016; “Update Iran Embargo”, 18.02.2016; “Russland Sanktionen”, 31.10.2014; and “Compliance im Außen-wirtschaftsrecht”, 12.05.2015 and 30.05.2014 


  • Handelsbeschränkungen/Exportkontrolle, in: Bräutigam/Kraul, Internet of Things, 2021, P. 688 ff.
  • Lex Mundi Global Foreign Investment Restrictions Guide, Chapter Germany, Lex Mundi Global Foreign Investment Restrictions Guide: Germany - Lex Mundi Interactive Guides, 11/2021
  • Exterritorialität - Neues Gesetz: (Re-)Exportkontrolle made in China, ICC-Germany-Magazin 12/2021, P. 28 et seq. (with Johannes Schäffer)
  • Wie Europa sich vor ausländischen Sanktionen schützen sollte, Börsenzeitung of 23.01.2021 (with Carl-Wendelin Neubert)
  • Feindhandelsrecht unter Freunden, EuZW 2021, 241 et seq. (with Carl-Wendelin Neubert)
  • Sanctions 2020, Chapter Germany, ICLG, pp. 79 et seq.
  • Amerikaner drohen Fährhafen, FAZ of 19.08.2020 (with Carl-Wendelin Neubert)
  • Grundzüge des Zollwertrechts, in: Ovie/Lison/Stadtler (Hrsg.) Zollverfahren Recht – IT – Praxis, 91. EL 2/2019, P. 1 – 63
  • Schiedsverfahren mit Embargohintergrund, ICC-Germany-Magazin 8/2019, P. 60 et seq. (with Anke Meier)
  • Secondary Sanctions Hit Harder, ICC-Germany-Magazin 7/2018, P. 36 et seq.
  • Hocke/Pelz/Sachs, Außenwirtschaftsrecht, 2017 (new edition with Christian Pelz)
  • Der Brexit und seine Folgen für die Logistik, ZOLL.EXPORT, 8/2018 (with Johannes Schäffer)
  • 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 3/2016, 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.
  • Compliance als Aufgabe des Treasuries, Finance of 06.11.2015, p. 73 (together with Sebas-tian Bock)
  • Practical Aspects of Sanctions and Embargoes: A Comparative View, Germany: Responses to Questions, European Union: Responses to Questions, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 10 (2015) / issue 7/8 p. 236 et seq.
  • European Financial Sanctions Law and Its Application to Subsidaries of Listed Entities, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Vol. 8, 2013, p. 268 et seq.
  • Compliance in der Außenwirtschaft: Auswirkungen der AWG-Novelle, editorial, Compliance Berater 6/2013, p. 1
  • Innergemeinschaftliche Verbringung, Forum Vergabe, Vergaben im Bereich Verteidigung und Sicherheit, 2013
  • Anforderungen an ein außenwirtschaftliches Compliance-Programm und seine Ausgestaltung in der Praxis, CCZ 2013, p. 60 et seq. (with David Krebs)
  • Quid pro Quo im Außenhandel: Compliance gegen Verfahrensprivilegien, CCZ 2013, p. 12 et seq. (with David Krebs)
  • Germany debates new Export Control Law, WorldECR 18/2012, p. 12 et seq.
  • Heimliche Kehrtwende im Zollwertrecht, AWPrax 2012, p. 392 et seq.
  • Sanktionslistenprüfung in Unternehmen, EuZW 2012, p. 527 et seq. (with Karoline Hehlmann)
  • Foreign Direct Investment Controls in Germany’s Defence and Cryptography sectors, WorldECR 10/2012, p. 27 et seq. 
  • EU moving towards DIY Export Control, WorldECR 13/2012, p. 12