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.


  • 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.
  • 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)
  • EU moving towards DIY Export Control, WorldECR 13/2012, p. 12
  • Foreign Direct Investment Controls in Germany’s Defence and Cryptography sectors, WorldECR 10/2012, p. 27 et seq. 


  • 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