Anahita Thoms

Anahita Thoms LL.M.

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Anahita Thoms heads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of our EMEA Steering Committee for Compliance & Investigations. Anahita is Global Lead Sustainability Partner for our Industrials, Manufacturing and Transportation Industry Group and a Member of the ABA International Human Rights Steering Committee. She also served for three consecutive term as co-chair of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the ABA. Anahita has won various accolades for her work, including International Trade Lawyer of the Year (Germany) at the 2020 ILO Client Choice Awards, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Capital 40 under 40, International Trade Lawyer (New York) at the 2016 ILO Client Choice Awards.

Practice Focus

Anahita focuses her practice on global investigations, particularly in the fields of international trade law and data protection. She has significant experience advising on internal compliance programs, accompanying internal and external investigations and self-disclosures in cases of breaches of sanctions, export control and foreign investment review, closely collaborating with the competent authorities. She also has considerable experience in the area of data protection and business and human rights.

Professional Honors

  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2020
  • International Trade Lawyer of the Year (Germany), ILO Client Choice Awards, 2020
  • Thought Leader in Trade, Germany, Who's Who Legal 2020
  • 40 under 40, Capital, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Germany 2019 for public commercial law, Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Compliance Lawyer of the Year, Finalist, Women in Compliance Awards 2019
  • Compliance Innovator of the Year, Finalist, Women in Compliance Awards 2019
  • 40 under 40, Juve, 2019
  • M&A, Corporate Governance and Foreign Investment Review, Who's Who Legal 2019
  • Future Leaders in Investigations, Who's Who Legal 2018
  • Leading Practitioner in Trade & Customs, Who's Who Legal 2017
  • 40 under 40, Global Investigations Review, 2017
  • International Trade Lawyer (Germany), ILO Client Choice Awards, 2020
  • International Trade Lawyer (New York), ILO Client Choice Awards, 2016
  • Rising Star, New York Law Journal, 2016
  • Young Practitioner of the Year, World ECR Awards, 2016
  • Outstanding CLE Committee Program, ABA Section of International Law Award, 2016
  • Outstanding Non-CLE Committee Program, ABA Section of International Law Award, 2015
  • Young Leader of the Atlantik-Brücke e.V. 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Deutsches Komitee UNICEF e.V. - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member of the International Human Rights Steering Committee
  • Berlin Bar Association - Member
  • Dusseldorf Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Co-Chair of the ABA Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee
  • American Bar Association - Member of the ABA Privacy, E-Commerce and Data Security Steering Committee
  • Atlantik-Brücke e.V. - Board Member


  • New York - Foreign Legal Consultant (2015)
  • Germany (2008)


  • Nottingham Trent University (LL.M.) (2013)
  • Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf (Second State Exam) (2007)
  • Heinrich-Heine University (First State Exam) (2005)


  • English
  • Farsi
  • German


  • Interviewee, "Development of trade talks between the UK and USA," Interview BBC World News online, 8 September 2020
  • Interviewee, "Brexit negotiations, fourth round of talks to end without agreement," Interview on Business Briefing, BBC World Television, 5 June 2020 
  • Interviewee, "Auswirkungen des Corona-Virus auf Lieferketten," Interview on Telebörse , n-tv, 5 March 2020 
  • Interviewee, "Moderne Sklaverei auch für Finanzinstitute von großer Bedeutung", Börsen-Zeitung, 12 October 2019
  • Interviewee, "Johnson's plan of suspending the British parliament," in Talking Business With Aaron Heslehurst, BBC World - U.K. National, 28 August 2019