Firms To Watch: Foreign trade law

In Germany, Covington & Burling LLP specialises in ​​investment audits, where M&A transactions from Frankfurt are accompanied by international registration requirements and the coordination of FDI procedures.

Foreign trade law in Germany

Includes advice on all aspects of international regulation of the import and export of goods, services and rights.

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte

BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte's foreign trade law team focuses on investment control, in particular the support of Foreign Trade Ordinance (AWV) filings. The group, led by Roland Stein and Pascal Friton, covers topics such as export control, sanctions and customs law. Clients and businesses with trade links to the US are advised in close cooperation with several US law firms. Stein has particular expertise in customs and excise law, while Friton is well versed in European economic sanctions and anti-boycott law. Florian Wolf focuses on trade compliance and public procurement law, while senior associate Leonard von Rummel is particularly active in investment control and anti-dumping law.


‘Very open and friendly to deal with. Understandable and transparent communication without unnecessary technical jargon.’

‘Mr. Stein has profound knowledge and experience; good contacts; strategic skill.’

‘Blomstein is undoubtedly one of the top addresses in Germany in the areas of foreign trade and commercial law, as well as public procurement and competition law. The law firm is characterized by fast and to the point advice. Professionally excellent and with an eye for the interests of the client beyond the original field of advice.’

‘Roland Stein (Partner): Technically excellent, with an eye for the essentials, very good team player.’

Leonard Freiherr von Rummel (Senior Associate): Very good knowledge of foreign trade and customs law, very committed, very collegial.’

‘We work with Roland Stein and his team on multiple trade issues, from investment screening to sanctions, customs and procedural trade defenses. They excel in this area on the German market.’

‘Roland Stein stands out as a sharp and versatile lawyer. Good sense, practical, reliable.’

‘Professionally excellent colleagues and at the same time completely down-to-earth and humorous. Very attentive and pleasant in dealing with customers/clients.’

Key clients


Albion Acquisitions


Bundesrepublik Deutschland

CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive

ED&F Man

FSN Capital


Infineon Technologies



Olenex Edible Oils

Qell Acquisition




Thermo Fisher Scientific


ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Representing clients from various industries in more than 20 AWV filings before the BMWi (including GTCR on two complex healthcare transactions and Qell on the acquisition of air taxi manufacturer Lilium).
  • Advising the federal government on the conclusion of a public law contract as part of an investment review process.
  • Representing Shell in an energy tax dispute with the main customs office in Hamburg before the Federal Court of Justice.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen is among the top players in foreign trade law and impresses with the comprehensive range of advice, including compliance, sanctions and technology transfer matters as well as clients’ representation in litigation. The team, led by Lothar Harings, has recently been increasingly active in export control-related matters. Investment control, particularly in cooperation with the M&A experts, and the advice on compliance in the context of the new supply chain law, are further growth areas. Marian Niestedt specialises in customs and excise tax law as well as investment control, while USA desk manager Gerd Schwendinger also has in-depth experience in forensic work. Customs matters are covered by Harings and Katja Göcke, with the former also advising on embargoes, sanctions, administrative fines and criminal proceedings. In January 2021, Hartmut Henninger made partner, complementing the team’s expertise in excise and sales tax in foreign trade.

Practice head(s):

Lothar Harings


‘Graf von Westphalen’s team has in-depth experience in commercial and customs law and a good client base in this area.’

‘I have worked with Lothar Harings and Hartmut Henniger and have been impressed by their in-depth knowledge of this very technical area of law. One of the topics we dealt with was the knowledge of complex IT classifications.’

‘We are impressed by the strength and depth of GvW’s foreign trade practice, both given the wide range of clients they serve and the large number of experienced commercial lawyers on their team.’

‘Very specialized and up-to-date knowledge of both national and international foreign trade law. Good explanation of even complicated legal issues in understandable language.’

‘Excellent trade and customs experts. Very experienced and good insight into European and German trade and customs regulations. Dedicated and do everything possible to succeed for their customers. Good network in Europe.’

‘Marian Niestsädt: Confident and very experienced.’

‘The law firm not only has comprehensive expertise in foreign trade law, commercial and distribution law, but also knowledge of the background, the status of legal policy discussions, networks and excellent relationships with the administration and other public bodies. The service is always quick, comprehensive and competent.’

‘Mr. Schwendinger is characterized by extensive expertise and many years of experience. He differs from the competition with his excellent network, which allows him to work on even complex issues to our complete satisfaction. He can make complex legal issues understandable for the various players in our company, which is very helpful.’

Key clients

CPG Engineering & Commercial Services GmbH

DMK Eis GmbH


Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

HEAG mobilo GmbH

Jabil Inc. SE

ASK Chemicals GmbH

Badger Meter Europa GmbH


Celanese Germany GmbH

CUBE Bikes ZPG GmbH & Co. KG

Cybertronics-EU GmbH


fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG

FläktGroup Holding GmbH

FRIGO Coldstore Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

Galaxy Energy GmbH

GE Healthcare

GE Medical Systems Information Technologies GmbH

Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH

Horizonte Textil GmbH

Horst Kürvers GmbH

ILFA Industrieelektronik und Leiterplattenfertigung aller Art GmbH


J. Müller Agri + Breakbulk Terminals GmbH & Co. KG

JT International Germany GmbH

Kelvion Gruppe

Kürvers Valves GmbH


Mares Shipping GmbH

Michael Priestoph GmbH

Mirion Inc. und Mirion Technologies (Canberra) GmbH


Novartis Pharma AG

Power Data S.A., Schweiz

Riehl Logistik GmbH

Rosneft Deutschland GmbH (Mineralöverarveitendes Unternehmen)

SCA Logistics GmbH

SciEngines GmbH (Hard- und Softwareunternehmen)

SGS Group

Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH


Verband der Säge- und Hobelwerke von Hamburg und Umgegend e.V.

Wortmann KG Internationale Schuhproduktionen

Work highlights

  • Advising Cindy and Fred Warmbier, the parents of the student Otto Warmbier, who died in North Korean custody, on compensation payments.
  • Representing CPG Engineering & Commercial Services GmbH in the test case before the district court in Frankfurt am Main regarding the scope of the US secondary sanctions and the EU blocking regulation.
  • Advising various research companies on import duty exemption for scientific purposes as well as ongoing advice on customs and foreign trade law.


Investment control and trade compliance form the cornerstones of Noerr ‘s foreign trade law practice, which includes transactional support, criminal and administrative fine proceedings and the introduction of compliance management systems. In addition, clients are comprehensively advised on export control, embargo and customs law issues, including how to deal with Brexit-related scenarios. Bärbel Sachs heads the practice and advises on all aspects of foreign trade law, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and WTO law. She is also well versed in trade compliance programmes and accompanies investment audits by the BMWi. Internal investigations, criminal investigations or administrative fines are the focus of Christian Pelz. A strength of Johannes Schäffer is compliance advice to companies and financial institutions. Claus Zimmermann joined the team from Sidley Austin LLP in December 2020 and impresses with his focus on EU regulatory and WTO law, in particular the development and enforcement of international and European trade and investment regulations.

Practice head(s):

Bärbel Sachs


‘Ms. Bärbel Sachs has very good specialist knowledge, knows the industrial requirements, is pragmatic and has a very good network. Unreserved recommendation!’

‘I can unreservedly recommend Bärbel Sachs.’

Key clients

Adjust GmbH


Aluminium Rheinfelden Gruppe

Andreas Stihl AG und Co.KG

Avista Capital

Axion Cyprus Holding Limited/Softline Group

Baltic Distillery GmbH

Bauer Kompressoren GmbH

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Cobalt International Energy Inc.

d&b audiotechnik GmbH & Co. KG

ELAS Technologies GmbH

EOT Inc.


Glamox AS

Güralp Systems Ltd.


Idox Compliance Group

Interfer Austria GmbH

Interfer Edelstahl Handelsges. mbH

Inter-Union Technohandel GmbH



LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G. (LVM)

Mambu GmbH

MET Holding AG

Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

Nord Stream 2 AG

Onapsis Inc.

Polytech Holding ApS (VCVIII)

Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik

Robert Bosch

Schaltbau Holding AG

Schwarz Dienstleistung KG / PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG

scia Systems GmbH

Semper idem Underberg AG

SIG Sauer Inc.

SLM Solutions AG

Tally Weijl Trading AG

Trapeze Switzerland

Zeppelin Systems GmbH

Zimmer Biomet


Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises companies across all sectors on foreign trade law, with export controls and sanctions law playing key roles alongside internal investigations and investment audits. The firm's extensive advice spectrum is further enhanced through the close cross-practice collaboration with the corporate and antitrust teams, as well as the firm's  strong international network. Another distinguishing feature is the expertise in human rights-focused supply chain and sustainability matters, where practice head Anahita Thoms is the key contact. Thoms is also well versed in compliance, supporting global investigations and investment control and, at the beginning of 2021, took over the sustainability-led coordination of all global industry groups. Associate Alexander Ehrle advises clients on sanctions and export control law.

Practice head(s):

Anahita Thoms

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Ehrle


‘I mainly work with Anahita Thoms. She is distinguished by her cross-border experience, particularly in US and Iran-related matters. Due to her personal background and her work from the USA, her practical experience is much broader than other German colleagues can offer. Her pragmatic and yet legally secure approach is particularly helpful.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a DAX30 group on various issues related to possible future business in Iran, Syria and China.
  • Comprehensive internal investigation for a listed US pharmaceutical company in the area of export controls against the background of investigations by the public prosecutor and the criminal court proceedings, revision of the company’s compliance and representation in court.
  • Internal investigation for a non-governmental organization regarding human rights compliance; Advice on global compliance set-up with regard to human rights due diligence.


Dentons impresses with comprehensive advice on all aspects of foreign trade law, including investment audits and compliance. Most recently, the advisory offering expanded with added capabilities in human rights-focused risk management and due diligence. Andreas Haak's team is also well versed in advising on export control, sanctions matters as well as offering support in self-reporting and subsequent criminal and administrative fine proceedings. Julia Pfeil is another key contact and, in addition to in-depth China expertise, is admitted to the bar in the US. Accordingly, topics such as export controls, sanctions and embargoes also form part of her client work. Trade compliance and industry-specific expertise in areas such as defence, security, IT and healthcare are covered by Haak. Maria Brakalova made partner in May 2021 and advises investors on the foreign trade regulations of foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Haak


‘The cooperation is very effective. Inquiries from us are received and understood correctly and answered as precisely as possible in the shortest possible time. There are few inquiries from our side. The expertise is very good.’

‘Ms. Brakalova – our contact person at Dentons – is extremely competent, reliable, always available and if she is not available, she will call you back immediately if possible. Our export control issues are properly received and professionally processed and answered.’

‘Ms. Brakalova is a committed, friendly contact who enables a very pleasant and effective cooperation.’

Key clients

AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH

AMEPA Angewandte Meßtechnik und Prozeßautomatisierung

Aves One

Duisburger Hafen AG

Guizhou Changtong Group Intelligent Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Honeywell International Inc.

Internationaler Medizinprodukthersteller

OC Oerlikon – verschiedene Gesellschaften

Recycles GmbH (Weser-Metall GmbH)


SMS group GmbH


Yonsung Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the SMS Group on individual sanctions regimes under EU and US law as well as reviewing and drafting sanctions clauses in contracts and strategic advice on the further development of internal export control compliance.
  • Representing a Russian state-owned company in a lawsuit before the EU court for cancellation of the listing in the EU sanctions regime against Russia.
  • Advising and supporting Solvay on various export control issues, such as obtaining export licenses for dual-use goods and the corresponding communication with BAFA and BMWi.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz foreign trade law practice has a dual focus on export control and investment control. If needed, other practices contribute their expertise in an interdisciplinary approach, such as the compliance and commercial criminal law teams. The day-to-day business also shows the frequent involvement of US law firms, often related to trade embargo scenarios. Other focus areas are investigations and fine proceedings, contract law and transactional support. Practice head Andreas Neun has industry-related expertise in energy and healthcare and accompanies foreign trade transactions. The core team also includes customs law and compliance expert Burghard Hildebrandt and Ulrich Soltész, who advises on antitrust law, EU law and anti-dumping, whereas product compliance issues are covered by Marc Ruttloff and Eric Wagner.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Neun


‘Fast (short-term) and comprehensive support, especially when it comes to legal sanctions. High quality and understandable, clear answers.’

‘Availability and competent support without – unless required – lengthy theoretical legal explanations.’

Key clients


Linde GmbH


Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA


Robert Bosch GmbH


Nihon Spindle

Carl Zeiss AG


DPE Deutsche Private Equity

EP Global Commerce (EPGC)

Gesellschafter der Ritter-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Investment control advice to Microsoft Corp. on the acquisition of Nuance Inc.
  • Ongoing advice to Linde GmbH on foreign trade and export control law.
  • Comprehensive advice to Hotjar, a leading provider of web analytics tools on export control.

Hohmann Rechtsanwälte

Foreign trade law boutique Hohmann Rechtsanwälte is highly specialised and has many years of experience in advising various companies on EU and US-related export control and customs law. Other core topics are embargoes, especially related to Iran and Russia, sanctions and armaments law. Clients are also supported in matters pertaining to anti-boycott law, technology transfer, financing and contractual arrangements; here, practice head  Harald Hohmann is a key contact, who has additional expertise in white collar crime, antitrust, constitutional and international law with a focus on EU and WTO law. Associates German Blödorn and Brigitte Dönges are also well versed in export and customs law, while Dönges has a further specialisation in substance law.

Practice head(s):

Harald Hohmann


‘Wide range of support in export control, from legal advice to organizational support and representation with authorities.’

‘Dr. Hohmann has excellent technical and application knowledge. He can respond well to our needs and organization-specific features.’

‘Uniquely deep and broad specialist knowledge in the field of export control. Very good networking to clear up misunderstandings quickly. Good reputation with authorities, this means that submissions are taken seriously.’

Key clients

ALJO Aluminiumbau Jonuscheit GmbH

Clariant Produkte GmbH

Cobus Industries GmbH

Eagle Burgmann Germany GmbH & Co KG

Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH

HUAWEI Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH

Hydro Systems KG

Work highlights

  • Advising two machine builders on the Crimean embargo and their mother’s group responsibility towards their foreign subsidiaries for export compliance.
  • Advising a machine builder on technology transfer via the USA to China.
  • Carrying out a compliance analysis of a compliance system for agrochemicals at a public company and liability issues related to the purchase of goods.


Companies, logistics service providers and financial institutions regularly instruct Oppenhoff on foreign trade matters. The firm’s advisory offer includes export controls, economic sanctions and embargoes as well as international contract law. Further core topics are investment protection as well as WTO and consumption tax law and clients’ representation in criminal and administrative fine proceedings before the authorities and courts. The practice group is headed by Stephan Müller, who, in addition to export controls and sanctions, has expertise in compliance with a focus on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and internal investigations. Heiko Höfler excels in matters relating to EU state aid law and the security and defence sectors, while Holger Hofmann is active in M&A transactions and approval procedures. The interface to digitisation, especially advising high-tech companies on foreign trade law investment audits, falls within the expertise of junior partner Mareike Heesing.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Müller


‘The team is small, but is always up to date and well coordinated. The support is extremely service-oriented, individual and precise.’

‘For me, Stephan Müller is the most competent lawyer when it comes to export controls and compliance. His expertise goes far beyond the normal level and covers both EU and US issues in depth. At the same time, he is an extremely nice and likeable lawyer who addresses critical issues constructively but clearly.’

‘Distinctive content-related competence in German export control law thanks to Stephan Müller’s experience. Stephan is very responsive and it’s good to work with him.’

‘We appreciate Mr. Stephan Müller’s calm, pragmatic manner. With his great foresight, he steers us safely through the pitfalls of international sanctions regimes such as export control regulations. Thinking about organizational and procedural hurdles is a matter of course for him and is just as much a part of his advice as strategic aspects to improve the corresponding management systems.’

‘Oppenhoff has a strong transaction practice that works closely with their trading practice.’

‘Mareike Heesing is very strong in retail .’

Key clients

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain und Tochtergesellschaften

Microsoft Corporation

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.

Weidmüller Interface GmbH


Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance pursues a full-service approach, comprehensively covering all aspects of foreign trade law. Companies and the public sector instruct the team on antitrust, export control and sanctions law as well as compliance issues. International contract design, international law and ESG issues, especially in the context of supply chain monitoring, constitute further key topics of the group. Dimitri Slobodenjuk made partner in May 2021 and has particular expertise in investment control, which is complemented by Moritz Keller in the area of investment protection. Matters pertaining to dual-use goods, European and WTO law are handled by Thomas Voland.


‘Great experience and expertise in international commercial law!’

‘Thomas Voland provides outstanding insight and customer service and clearly has access to a strong internal network. He has a deep understanding of the context of EU developments and therefore helpful views on possible developments.’


CMS covers the entire spectrum of foreign trade law and skilfully serves interfacing areas thanks to the comprehensive advice delivered by the firm's international network. The sanctions law focus is primarily on business in Russia, while the firm is regarded as a one-stop shop for advice on export control compliance. Most recently, there was a noteable increase in the need for advice on investment control, where Kai Neuhaus is the specialist. He also advises on antitrust law with a focus on digital business. Daniel Kaiser is active in the criminal defence of companies in foreign trade law, while Hermann Müller supports clients in public commercial law.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises clients on all key points of foreign trade law, including investment control and reporting obligations, and covers traditional topics such as export control and sanctions law. The area of compliance is covered in a holistic way across the teams, with the help of an interdisciplinary approach. Practice head Bettina Mertgen also is a key contact here, she also advises on customs and excise tax matters and supports contentious proceedings in foreign trade law. Erika Trujillo has particular expertise in sanctions and export control law and embargoes, particularly in connection with US regulations.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Mertgen

Other key lawyers:

Erika Trujillo

Key clients

CrystalsFirst GmbH

Deutsche Wohnen SE

Ford-Werke GmbH


Nipro Medical Europe NV

Suez Water Technologies & Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising KYOCERA Europe GmbH on the investment control relevance of an acquisition and handling the relevant application procedures to minimize M&A risks.
  • Advising CrystalsFirst GmbH on the analysis of the relevant foreign trade reporting obligations by examining the company structures and supporting the implementation of relevant reports. In addition, development of a compliance management system.
  • Advice to Nipro Medical Europe NV on the investment control relevance of an acquisition and handling of the application process to minimize M&A risks.

DLA Piper

In addition to the traditional areas of foreign trade law, DLA Piper provides cross-practice advice at the interface with other practices, particularly antitrust, insurance and commercial criminal law as well as the IP and IT segments. Investment control is increasingly becoming a mainstay of the team, especially with regard to critical technologies and infrastructures as well as the management of international transactions under investment control law. Practice leader Ludger Giesberts advises clients on export control law and also represents them in contentious matters in court. Counsel Thilo Streit supports companies from the automotive, mechanical engineering, IT, chemicals and insurance sectors in foreign trade law, which includes advice on export control and sanctions law as well as criminal law work and investment control. The group has further expertise in the pharmaceuticals and medical products sector.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Thilo Streit


‘The particular strength of the DLA team lies in its pragmatic approach, ie the client is approached in a very targeted manner without first creating a large number of bookable hours. The professional expertise of the team, especially in the context of complex foreign trade issues, distinguishes this from other law firms. As a result, the DLA practice, in cooperation with the global contacts, is able to solve international issues quickly and competently.’

‘Thilo Streit has extensive in-depth knowledge of foreign trade law. Quite simply a very competent and experienced specialist.’

Key clients

Amadeus IT Group

Aphria Inc.

GMM Pfaudler Limited

Wipro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Amadeus IT Group on the sale of a server farm to Microsoft as part of an outsourcing project with regard to investment control law issues in connection with the questionable classification as critical infrastructure.
  • Advising GMM Pfaudler on the acquisition of the Pfaudler Group, a manufacturer of medical and other special containers.
  • Investment control law advice to Wipro Limited on the acquisition of Capco, a software provider and international banking consultancy.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With offices in Frankfurt and Munich, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 's International Trade practice group is integrated into the firm's global structure. The foreign trade law offering includes compliance, sanctions and export controls. Further competencies are due diligence, internal investigations and representing companies before authorities and courts in the event of alleged violations of regulations. When needed, Michael Walther 's team can draw on further expertise in anti-corruption, antitrust law and combating money laundering. Walther primarily advises clients from technology-oriented industries on a wide range of topics, including compliance and antitrust law. Senior associate Richard Roeder is a key contact for economic and financial sanctions as well as export control issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Walther

Other key lawyers:

Richard Roeder


‘The team is an association and not a heterogeneous legal advice cube bought together. The routes are fast, reliable and the quality is consistently good. Our main contact thinks along with you in anticipatory terms.’

‘Very good professional competence on the subject of foreign trade law, good networking with the authorities.’

‘Main contact person is Dr. Richard Roeder (Munich). Very responsive. Thinks ahead and provides business-related information on innovations. Makes binding, practical statements. Can use the network excellently to come to conclusions quickly.’

‘Substantiated and practice-oriented advice.’

‘Richard Roeder stands for top-class advice and practical experience.’

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller 's foreign trade law practice has recently been increasingly instructed on tightened investment auditing procedures and Covid-19-related export and travel restrictions. Within export control and sanctions law, the firm is also active in the areas of compliance, including sanctions list screening, and contract drafting. The group also has special expertise in the EU blocking regulation, antiboycott law and the assistance with tax audits in fine and criminal proceedings as well as voluntary disclosures. The portfolio is complemented by industry focuses in critical infrastructure, sensitive technologies and regulated industries. Jan Bonhage assists clients with investment audits, while Vera Jungkind is well versed in trade sanctions, compliance and internal investigations.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Bonhage; Vera Jungkind

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP pursues a cross-practice industry group approach throughout the firm, including its foreign trade law practice. As part of the global practice area Strategic Operations, Agreements and Regulation, the team comprehensively advises on export, merger and investment control matters. Companies are represented in in-depth examinations before the BMWi and supported in customs law and market entry issues. Patrick Ayad is head of the global department and deals primarily with import and export matters, while Falk Schöning has particular expertise in investment and merger control and is also instructed on internal investigations. At the interface between antitrust and foreign trade law, clients call upon the expertise of associate Stefan Kirwitzke .

Practice head(s):

Patrick Ayad


‘Quick witted, experienced FDI and antitrust team in international transactions.’

‘Falk Schöning: Very experienced transaction lawyer in antitrust law/FDI.’

‘We use Hogan Lovells’ services in many countries. My experiences in each country are extremely positive. They respond very quickly to questions and follow up on everything. The follow-up is always useful and offers practical information. They understand our business and I find their advice solid and trustworthy. ‘

‘Stefan Kirwitzke and Falk Schoening recently supported me in an acquisition in Germany. They provided very timely information and helped me better understand German accounting and other requirements.’

Key clients

Active Tools

Akasol/ BorgWarner

AmerisourceBergen Corporation/ Walgreens Boots Alliance

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH


Dell Technologies

Fifth Generation


Fox Factory

Genesis Motor Europe

Lockheed Martin

Motel One


PPG/ Ennis Flint

Texas Instruments



Work highlights

  • Advised Teledyne Technologies on the coordination of the investment and merger control aspects of the international acquisition of FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • Advising Lockheed Martin on the procurement project of the Bundeswehr Procurement Office for heavy transport helicopters, including representation in the procurement review process.
  • Advising the US automotive supplier BorgWarner on the plan to acquire the Hessian battery manufacturer Akasol for almost €730 million.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Clients benefit from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH‘s expertise in foreign trade law through the strong international M&A practice as well as the close networking of the firm with other law firms in the EU and the US. Thus, investment control and antitrust issues are seamlessly covered across different jurisdictions. The team also has experience in the EU market regulation, for which co-head Helmut Janssen is a key contact at the Brussels office, while co-head Ole-Jochen Melchior acts from Essen and handles export control and embargo law matters. Richard Happ represents clients primarily in disputes and arbitration proceedings with state involvement.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Happ

Key clients



SAME Deutz-Fahr


TE Connectivity (Tyco Electronics)

Haldex AB


SONA AutoComp (vormals ThyssenKrupp Präzisionsschmiede)

Heinrich Georg Maschinenfabrik

H. Stoll AG & Co. KG

Würth Elektronik

Quin GmbH

VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG

Mahle GmbH


Kracher AG

Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG

Alpiq AG

Extrude Hone GmbH

Elektrizitätswerke Zürich

Knapp AG

Cointreau Holding (Essen)

BASF Digital Farming GmbH

BKD Ad fund GmbH


DF Deutsche Fiskal


Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG


Prinz Kinematix GmbH

Klingel GmbH




Work highlights

  • Support of Proskauer Rose LLP in transaction advice for Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP in the investment in Phastar by means of funds, in particular examination of registration obligations within the framework of the AWG investment control and advice on the registration of the transaction according to the AWG.
  • Advice on transport contracts between SASU FRACHT FRANCE and a subcontractor due to the subcontractor’s non-performance of the contract due to official entry restrictions between Ghana and Burkina Faso due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising Matthews International Corp. in the drafting of supply, import and export contracts for Germany, China and the USA.

Taylor Wessing

At Taylor Wessing, the foreign trade law team is integrated into the Competition, EU & Trade practice group. On the one hand, the team around Michael Brüggemann is convincing in the area of trade compliance, in which industrial and service companies are among the core clients. On the other hand, investment audit procedures are among the firm's core competencies, where the group is frequently instructed by Chinese investors and German sellers. Brüggemann's main focuses include compliance with foreign trade regulations for imports and exports, as well as embargoes, dual-use regulations and investment control procedures. André Lippert bridges the interface to public law and advises clients extensively on trade compliance matters. In October 2020, associate Johannes Schaadt-Wambach joined the firm's team from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and has expertise in EU law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brüggemann

Key clients

Accel / Founders Fund

Aqseptence Group GmbH

Blackline Inc.

Blue Sail Medical Group

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung

clickworker GmbH


Dockhorn & Co. Import-Export GmbH

EMSA – European Maritime Safety Agency

Exit Games GmbH

Hillenbrand, Inc.

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH

IMST-BG Verwaltungs GmbH

Rimex Ltd.

Röhm GmbH

Schill + Seilacher GmbH

Secop GmbH

Sepura Ltd.

Shenzhen Goodix

Shuwen Biotech Co. Ltd.

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

W.L. Gore & Associates GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Federal Ministry of Defense on the federal government’s 25.1% stake in Hensoldt AG by KKR; Advice on the implications of foreign trade law, including the relationship between the transaction and the provisions of the AWV investment review (in coordination with the BMWi) and foreign investment review regimes.
  • Advising Hillenbrand Inc. on the sale of the Abel Group to LUKAS Hydraulics GmbH and Viking Pump, Inc. as well as support in applying for a clearance certificate from the BMWi.
  • Advice on foreign trade law to Röhm GmbH, an Evonik spin-off, on export control compliance.

Bird & Bird LLP

As part of the Trade & Customs Practice Group, Bird & Bird LLP comprehensively advises on all relevant foreign trade law matters, including investment control, technology transfers, customs and sanctions law issues as well as advice and training on compliance regulations. The group also has special expertise in advising on issues relating to US export control law, related regulations and cooperation with the responsible US authorities. In addition to embargoes, approval procedures and investigations, practice leader René Voigtländer also covers compliance. Public procurement lawyer Guido Bormann is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer

Work highlights

  • Advising a globally active manufacturer of electronic multifunctional systems for the aerospace and defense sector on various export control issues as well as an expert opinion on possible subjective rights of a transnational company from international contracts and agreements.
  • Advising a global developer of drone technology and manufacturer of drones on an expert opinion on the need for and ability to obtain approval.
  • Advice on investment control law to the subsidiary of a large global US provider of data centers with regard to a planned transaction to assess whether the deal is subject to notification to the BMWi.

Osborne Clarke

Practice head(s):

Christoph Torwegge

Work highlights

    SKW Schwarz

    In foreign trade law, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte primarily advises on customs and export control law as well as excise law. Clients are also represented before financial courts and the ECJ, which often involve fines and criminal proceedings. Jürgen Sparr heads the practice and advises on the entire spectrum of foreign trade law with a particular focus on anti-dumping law and customs audits. Counsel Sven Pohl is well versed in customs law and excise tax law, he also conducts internal compliance reviews.

    Practice head(s):

    Jürgen Sparr

    Other key lawyers:

    Sven Pohl


    ‘Very high level of competence and very practical advice from the team Mr. Pohl and Dr. Sparr in terms of foreign trade and export control issues. Very good contacts at BAFA and Ministry of Economic Affairs round off the team even in the most difficult situations.’

    ‘We are constantly asked whether a procedure can also be implemented in practice and where topics can arise as a result. There is active questioning and thinking about the information given.’

    Key clients

    Lapmaster Wolters GmbH

    F. REYHER Nchfg. GmbH & Co. KG

    HAKO GmbH

    ZOBA Zollberatung und -abwicklung GmbH

    Oerlikon Friction Systems (Germany) GmbH

    Jebsen & Jessen GmbH & Co. KG

    Work highlights

    • Advising and representing Lapmaster Wolters GmbH in dealings with BAFA on export control issues.
    • Representing a trading company in opposition and lawsuit proceedings to defend against anti-dumping duties.
    • Defending a manufacturer of technical components in preliminary proceedings; Support in the reorganization of internal customs and export processes.

    White & Case LLP

    The German practice of White & Case LLP advises clients comprehensively on investment control in the context of transactions and M&A deals, in which an FDI monitoring tool, developed by the firm, is used. The group also has expertise in export control and compliance. Antitrust lawyer Tilman Kuhn regularly assists with high-volume investment control proceedings and heads the practice together with Tobias Heinrich, who focuses on cross-border M&A transactions and frequently advises clients in the technology sector on investment control. Local partner Thilo-Maximilian Wenke is experienced in competition law, including merger control proceedings.

    Practice head(s):

    Tilman Kuhn

    Key clients

    Global  Wafers

    Work highlights

    • Advising Global Wafers on the takeover of their direct competitor Siltronic AG.
    • Advised the Japanese DIC Corporation (and its subsidiary Sun Chemicals) on the takeover of the global pigment business of BASF AG.
    • Advising various, primarily Asian and Chinese investment funds with regard to general investment strategies as well as with regard to specific transactions and optimal structures from an investment perspective.