BAKER & MCKENZIE

Comment: This firm recommended in customs and trade has made significant gains in compliance questions regarding trade with Iran and Russia. Financial institutes in particular are relying on the competence of the team in sanctions and embargo law. This field of advice was bolstered with Anahita Thoms, an expert on sanctions and embargo compliance from Freshfields. The team often works across different practices with colleagues from the German and international network, e.g. with the Munich ?corporate lawyers on money laundering issues. The Frankfurt tax partner Looks is best known for advice on the interface between customs and sales tax.
Strengths: Customs and sales tax, litigation at financial courts, fine proceedings, customs audits.
Recommended: Nicole Looks (“very good legal knowledge”, client; “very good, practice-oriented advice”, competitor).
Practice: Customs and trade focusing on ?compliance, esp. banks on export financing and money laundering. Also sales tax and customs law via the ?tax practice. (2 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 3 associates)
Clients: ?? LafargeHolcim on sanctions and embargo compliance; ongoing advice to Daimler; international automotive supplier on drop shipping in other EU countries; medical technology and pharma company regarding customs and sales tax; US company in successful fine proceedings over alleged customs violation.
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