Foreign Trade Law

Broad-based expertise in all areas

As a full service firm, Gleiss Lutz advises on a wide range of foreign trade issues, drawing on its multidisciplinary team to provide seamless, integrated service across various industry sectors. The practice comprises experts who specialize in public business law (including export controls, dual use, sanctions/embargoes, customs and military weapons control regulations), antitrust and corporate/tax. Our foreign trade practice not only counsels and represents clients in foreign trade matters before the competent authorities, but also advises in the implementation of export control related compliance systems. Further, we offer transaction-related assistance on M&A deals on matters of export and investment controls. As a result, our team makes use of its experience and excellent contacts with the competent authorities for the benefit of foreign clients, in particular.

Chambers Europe 2019
 “very committed, very reliable and always available (client)”

Foreign investment control

Gleiss Lutz leading practice advises on all aspects of foreign investment control. This includes minimising the risks involved in foreign investments by German companies or national controls of foreign investments in Germany, as well as the coordination of official review procedures worldwide.


Our expertise is called upon on a regular basis for large volume and highly complex transactions which frequently receive significant public interest.


In markets which are limited by legal regulations or which open up again, we provide our clients with practical and legally sound solutions in order to recognise and develop potential business opportunities and assist them in the drafting of contracts.


Our experts have extensive experience and outstanding know-how in contractual negotiations relating to Iran, Russia, as well as the U.S., and they know what really matters when it comes to transactions with contractual partners in these countries. Here, our team works closely with American lawyers in particular, since embargo issues frequently interface with US export control laws.

Export control

We successfully assist our clients in handling transnational, cross-border and cross-EU export trade transactions, in accordance with the legal framework which is applicable in each case.


Additionally, we advise our clients on export projects with regard to the necessary permits and applicable restrictions to ensure that the goods will arrive successfully at their destination.


Gleiss Lutz assists clients operating abroad so that they can trade securely on the strictly regulated European market. We advise and represent them on all customs-related matters, for example in connection with customs permits, as well as across practice groups in customs-related compliance matters.


Our international network of independent, leading law firms enables us to handle any problems involving customs law that might arise – across borders and without complications.

Subsidies and Anti-dumping

Gleiss Lutz advises extensively on the legal structuring of possibilities for obtaining state aid: Drawing from the various support programmes available, we put together a package that makes the most of funding levels and is tailored to the needs of our clients.


We additionally negotiate subsidy applications, grant awards and grant agreements with the national subsidy providers and assist in application and approval procedures before the European Commission. International anti-subsidy law is also growing in importance. We regularly advise and represent clients in proceedings before the European Commission, for example if they have been damaged by subsidised imports from non-EU countries.

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