Bärbel Sachs, LL.M.

Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer)
Head of Regulatory & Governmental Affairs
Head of International Trade & Investment Controls

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.


  • 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 investment controls


  • 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

  • Lex Mundi Global Foreign Investment Restrictions Guide, Chapter Germany, Lex Mundi Global Foreign Investment Restrictions Guide: Germany - Lex Mundi Interactive Guides, 11/2021
  • Handelsbeschränkungen/Exportkontrolle, in: Bräutigam/Kraul, Internet of Things, 2021, P. 688 ff.
  • 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.
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