Germany: Trade & Customs 2019

Our research into the German trade and customs space sees 12 individuals listed for their work assisting domestic and international clients on trade, export controls and customs issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hans Joachim Prieß Blomstein, Berlin
2. Lothar Harings Graf von Westphalen, Hamburg

Graf von Westphalen remains a firm favourite among respondents to our research and sees four of its practitioners nominated in this chapter.
Lothar Harings is a leader in the field who is praised for his “strategy and legal skill” on embargoes and sanctions. He possesses a “very high level of knowledge” that “goes hand in hand with his strong business understanding”.
Gerd Schwendinger “possesses extensive expert insight” combined with “excellent legal skills, an international approach and a pragmatic work style”, according to sources. They praise his “client-oriented, solutions-driven approach” to export control, subsidies and customs management issues.
Katja Göcke “does a fantastic job on trade and customs work” according to market sources. She is particularly adept on issues such as state aid and subsidies.
Marian Niestedt has a well-established reputation in the German trade and customs space and is praised by respondents for his broad experience on matters including export controls, customs valuations and anti-dumping duties.

Blomstein sees three of its lawyers highlighted for their excellent work in the field.
Hans-Joachim Prieß is a first-rate practitioner who commands a top reputation in the space for his deep understanding of procurement-related trade law. He is recognised for his outstanding expertise in international trade agreements and customs and export control.
Roland Stein is praised by clients for his “bespoke approach to finding solutions” as well as his “strong expertise in customs, foreign trade and energy taxation issues”.
Pascal Friton is widely praised by respondents who highly respect him for his work on sanctions and related procurement bidding.

Noerr’s Bärbel Sachs comes highly recommended by peers for the first-rate counsel she delivers to clients on export controls, FDI controls and compliance issues.

At Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, Stephan Müller has more than two decades’ experience in the field. He enjoys a strong reputation among commentators who state that he is “very experienced on export control matters”.

Baker McKenzie’s Anahita Thoms has “fantastic experience” in trade-related matters and a “very international practice”. She wins particularly high praise for her expert handling of compliance issues.

At WilmerHale, Stefan Ohlhoff is well known for his excellent work in the space, with sources describing him as a “great lawyer for WTO matters”.

Hohmann & Partner Rechtsanwälte’s Harald Hohmann is well versed on trade and customs issues and garners widespread praise from market players for the breadth of his insight into matters such as customs law infringement.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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