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Baker McKenzie is expanding its German commercial public law practice in the fields of international trade law and compliance with Anahita Thoms.

Anahita Thoms is joining Baker McKenzie in September 2017 from Freshfields. She will work at the interface between public law and compliance, and will head the German foreign trade law practice.

Anahita Thoms (36) was with Freshfields in Berlin, New York and Düsseldorf since 2008, most recently as Counsel. Between 2013 and 2017, she was a member of the Global Investigations Practice Group and Co- Leader of the Global Sanctions and Trade Team in the New York office.

"We welcome Anahita Thoms, one of the leading lawyers in the field of international trade law and compliance to our team. Legal issues in her field of expertise are becoming more and more important not only for our international industrial clients, but also for federal and public authorities dealing with particularly sensitive contracts relating to security and defense. Our practice group has recognized this for quite some, as illustrated by Dr. Julia Pfeil and her specialization as well as through our intensive collaboration with our compliance colleagues. With Anahita Thoms, we will be able to expand this important field", comments Dr. Marc Gabriel, Head of Baker McKenzie's German-Austrian public law practice group.

With her extensive experience in international, European and German trade law, especially in export controls, economic sanctions and foreign investment reviews, as well as in data protection law, Anahita Thoms advises global companies on internal and external investigations, on self-reporting and effective compliance programs. Complex issues at the interface between US and EU international trade and data protection law are among her core competencies.

With its international, highly renowned and globally integrated international trade law and compliance practice, Baker McKenzie has a unique platform,

says Anahita Thoms, adding: "These are excellent prerequisites for the expansion of a sustainably successful and internationally oriented practice."

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