Anahita Thoms

Anahita Thoms LL.M.

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB

Biography

Anahita Thoms heads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany. She was appointed for the third consecutive term co-chair of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the ABA after serving as vice-chair for three years. Anahita is also the vice-chair of the ABA Privacy, E-Commerce & Data Security Steering Committee.

Anahita has won various accolades for her work, including Rising Star 2016 by the New York Law Journal, International Trade Lawyer (NY) at the ILO Client Choice Awards, 2017 Global Investigations Review's (GIR) 40 under 40, and the ABA Section of International Law's Award for 2016 Outstanding CLE Committee Program. She has also been recognized by JUVE, Legal 500 US and Who's Who Legal. Anahita is regularly interviewed for example by CNBC, Reuters, CNN Money, Deutsche Welle, Handelsblatt, Börsenzeitung and BBC Radio 4 and BBC World TV.

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. Clients rely on Anahita for her experience handling complex issues that arise in the intersection of US and EU trade and data protection.

Professional Honors

  • 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 is 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 (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-Bruecke e.V, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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 - Vice-Chair of the ABA Privacy, E-Commerce and Data Security Committee

Admissions

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

Education

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

Languages

  • English
  • Farsi
  • German

Interviews

Six-month extension to Brexit”, Interview on Talking Business, BBC World Television, 11 April 2019

“Prime Minister Theresa May wins the vote of confidence”, Interview on BBC World News, 13 December 2018

Interviewee, “EU China-Summit” Marketplace Morning Report from BBC World Service and Business Briefing on BBC World Television, 9 April 2019

Interviewee, “Brexit - Why companies are not prepared yet and what the challenges particularly for small to mid-sized companies are” Ian King‘s Live Show on Sky News, 28 March 2019

Interviewee, BREXIT – "Are Businesses Prepared for a No Deal?” World Business Report on BBC World TV, 14 March 2019

Presentations

Presenter, “China als Handels- und Technologiemacht“, Workshop on Tech, Power and Democracy, Aspen Institute Germany, Berlin, 28 September 2018

Presenter, “Außenwirtschaftsrechtliche Investitionskontrolle“, joint event of Landgericht Ellwangen and IHK Ostwürttemberg on “Schutz vor dem Ausverkauf deutschen Know-hows?“, Ellwangen, 24 September 2018