Compliance Week USA: GDPR, European, EU and EU Member State Trade Controls Compliance for North American Companies – Reach Out Summit, 4th, 5th and 6th of February 2019, Washington DC, USA

Our Annual “Compliance Week USA” event presents a 3-Day Summit on GDPR, European, EU and EU Member State Import and Export Trade Controls: The Strategy and Policy Perspective.

We all understand the extra territoriality of US Defence Controls but are you fully up to date on what is taking place ‘across the pond’?

In Europe, sanctions and export controls are forcing themselves onto the corporate compliance agenda as never before. Trade war is discussed openly and earnestly for the first time and as always, the pressure means you as the compliance executive must find solutions. The need for keeping up to date has never been so important. By working closely with our US and EU trade compliance clients we understand the issues you are working with and have produced a program which over two days will give you a clearer understanding of the European export Regulations, open lines of communication with EU and EU Member State Regulators and shed light on the solutions available.

Scare stories on the GDPR abound, crippling fines are threatened for noncompliance and North American companies find themselves in an unusual position if operating within the EU or simply controlling data originating from the EU.

As a senior executive it is your role to ensure compliance but beating a path through the smoke can take time and limited resources, so where do you go for balanced, authoritative advice?

In Washington D.C on the 4thFebruary 2019 at the Dupont Circle Hotel Nielsonsmith will be bringing a select group of EU Member State and EU Commission Regulators together, along with specialist corporate executives to discuss and understand how best to work with the regulation. In depth, one-hour, interactive presentations allow you to ask the questions you need unbiased answers to.

Nielsonsmith is a boutique trade compliance conference company here for the long term, we understand corporate budgets for compliance training are limited so price our events with this in mind, please drop us a line to learn more.

Our Distinguished Invited Speaker Panel Includes:

Mr. Stephane Chardon, Head of Sector, Strategic Export Controls, European Commission

Dr. Patrick Edgar Holzer, Head of Section Export Control Policy Dual-Use, SECO Switzerland 

Dr. Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit Dual use items, commercial embargoes and chemical weapons, Directorate general for international trade policy, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

Ms. Tanja Roling, Head Export Controls and Strategic Goods, International Trade Policy and Economic Governance Department, Directorate General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)

Mr. Stefan Woll, Head of Department, Division B 2 (Export Control Coordination), Zollkriminalamt (Customs Criminal Office), Germany 

Mr. Teemu Sepponen, Director Export Control Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Mr. Milan Godin, Strategic Goods Control Unit, Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, Belgium

Mr. Alex Groba, Director Foreign Trade, MTU Aero Engines AG

Mr. Miguel Orozco, General Counsel, Navantia

Mr. André Hermsen, Group Compliance & Risk Officer, GKN

Ms. Beth Mersch, Corporate Director, Intl. Programs, Government Relations, Northrop Grumman Corporation 

Mr. Jasper Helder, Partner, Akin Gump LLP

Mr. Andrew Cox, Head of Data Privacy, SNC Lavelin 

Mr. Giovanni Cerutti, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Data Protection Officer, NTT Data, EMEA

Mr. Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Counsel, Raytheon Company

And other specialists in Trade Compliance and GDPR.

♦ Dr. Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit Dual use items, commercial embargoes and chemical weapons, Directorate general for international trade policy, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

At present, Massimo Cipolletti is head of unit at the Directorate general for foreign trade of the Italian Ministry of economic development. He is in charge of:

  • dual use goods and technologies export control (export application screening and licensing; Advisory Board secretariat activities; cooperation in EU legislation on dual use items export control; cooperation in international export control regimes as for non-proliferation and security matters; in-reach and assistance activities to national companies in dual use export control issues);
  • trade embargoes national implementation and management; cooperation in EU legislation on restrictive measures (art. 215 TFEU); member of the National Committee of Financial Security;
  • national implementation of the Paris Chemical Weapons Convention on chemical disarmament.

In his experience, he chaired meetings with foreign delegations, business associations and research institutes. He gave speeches in several conferences concerning export control, trade compliance and restrictive measures against Iran and Russian Federation. In the second half of 2014, in his capacity of chair of the Dual Use Working Group of the Council of the European Union, he was successful in presenting and finalizing the Council conclusions on the review of the export control policy. In 2017, he was member of the drafting committee of the new Italian law on export control.

He holds a PhD in Law and economics in the international relations.

He graduated magna cum laudein Economics at Rome University La Sapienzain 1995, with a degree thesis on the dominant position in the European competition law.


♦ Mr. Milan Godin, Strategic Goods Control Unit, Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, Belgium

Milan Godin is a legal advisor at the Strategic Goods Control Unit of the Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs (Belgium). He advises the Flemish government and Flemish companies on dual use export regulation and policy and he reviews and processes licence applications for dual use exports for the Flemish Region in Belgium. He represents the Flemish region in the Belgian Advisory Committee for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and is the spokesperson for Belgium in the EU Dual Use Working Party and Coordination Group Meetings. He also actively participates in national and international outreach events on dual use export regulation and policy.

Milan Godin studied in Ghent and in Washington D.C., specialising in international public law (with a focus on humanitarian law and non-proliferation). He holds a Ghent University LL.M. degree in European Union Law and is an alumni of The Washington Centre for Internships and Academic Seminars. He has previous worked as a lawyer in a Brussels law firm and has done internships at the European Commission Legal Service and in a law and consultancy firm in Washington D.C.


♦ Dr. Patrick Edgar Holzer, Head of SectionExport Control Policy Dual-Use, SECO Switzerland

Dr. Patrick Edgar HOLZER is head of the Export Control Policy Dual-Use section at the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research and head of the Swiss Delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement. The Export Control Policy Dual-Use section is responsible for the legal aspects of the control of export, import, transit and brokering of nuclear (with exceptions), dual-use, specific military, and nationally listed goods. It negotiates the control lists in the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Australia Group and deals with the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention. Furthermore, it leads the national escort team during inspections of the Swiss chemical industry by the OPCW (schedule 2, schedule 3 and DOC inspections). Dr. Holzer joined SECO in May 2000. Until November 2013, he was senior WTO law adviser to the Swiss delegation to the WTO. Until September 2005, he was responsible for the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the European Economic Area and the placing of Switzerland into the European Research Area. Admitted to the bar of the Canton of Bern as attorney at law in May 2000, he holds a PhD in public international law from Bern University (1997) and a master of law from Fribourg University (1994).


♦ Mr. Stefan WollHead of Department, Division B 2 (Export Control Coordination), Zollkriminalamt (Customs Criminal Office), Germany

Master of Fiscal Affairs 1990 

German Customs Administration – Customs Investigation Service 

– Intelligence Unit (1990 – 1994) 

– CBW Counter-Proliferation (1995 – 1999) 

– Export Control Coordination (2000 – 2018) 

Senior Advisor “Strategic Trade Compliance” since 2005 

Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) 

Co-Chair of Licensing Enforcement Experts Meeting (LEEM) since 2017 

Detailed description of main competence: 

Support in development of basic principles in EU and national export control regulations 

Interagency cooperation between enforcement and licensing services 

Development of Customs IT-based Risk Management methods 

Investigation of violations / cooperation with prosecution offices 

International information exchange 

Third country assistance (outreach activities) 

Training activities in the enforcement sector 


♦ Mr. Jasper Helder, Partner, Akin Gump LLP

 Mr. Helder’s practice focuses on international trade and corporate compliance matters addressing economic sanctions, export controls, customs, antibribery and anti-money laundering (AML). He also advises on other aspects of trade regulation, such as trade remedies, free trade agreements and rules of origin. His practice further includes EU customs compliance, notably customs classification (including Binding Tariff Information) and customs valuation/transfer pricing. In addition, he counsels on the compliance aspects of third-party contracts (for instance, with agents, distributors and intermediaries) and related third-party compliance reviews. He has particular experience with regard to Russia and the Middle East, and the antibribery/AML aspects of humanitarian (food/medicine) distribution in sanctioned countries. Mr. Helder has been commended in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 UK, 2013-2017 editions of Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal (2010-2017) Trade and Customs lawyers, and Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide for International Trade (2010-2016).


Ms.Beth MerschCorporate Director, Intl. Programs, Government Relations, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ms. Mersch is a Corporate Director, International Programs, Government Relations at Northrop Grumman. In this role, her responsibility includes interaction with U.S. Government stakeholders for Northrop capability (focus on European business). Prior to this position, she served as Regional Trade Compliance Official, Europe, for Northrop Grumman, and was located in the European Headquarter in London. She coordinated with Northrop European businesses and governments on trade policy matters affecting exports and imports. Ms. Mersch also served as a mentor and facilitator for development of leadership and talent for global trade management professionals in the company’s European businesses. Ms. Mersch has spent her career in global trade policy, operations and compliance. Ms. Mersch’s career has spanned aircraft, space and Fortune 500 Aerospace and Defense consulting practice. She joined Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2005, has been a Director since 2007, and transitioned to her current position at the end of 2016. Ms. Mersch is also a United States licensed Customs Broker. She holds degrees in Political Science and International Business from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Mersch was chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Export Controls Working Group from 2009-2012. She was a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), an appointed advisory group supporting the U.S. State Department on matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), from 2010-2014. Ms. Mersch’s primary focus is to provide strategic policy leadership and shaping to support the Northrop Grumman international portfolio.


♦ Mr. André HermsenGroup Compliance & Risk Officer, GKN 

André Hermsen is currently the Group Risk & Compliance Officer of GKN and the Chief Compliance Officer of Fokker Technologies,  a division within GKN Aerospace. Fokker Technologies is active as supplier of wiring, structure parts and landing gear systems to aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream and as service provider to aircraft operators (airlines)around the globe.  Fokker Technologies has an annual revenue of Eur 760m and employs approximately 4900 employees at locations around the globe. André Hermsen has more than 25 years of management experience in an international environment. He has a background in Finance and Controlling, experience in M&A, due diligence processes and restructuring as well as in compliance with focus on Sanctions  / Export controls and Anti Bribery. He has developed in depth practical knowledge of international sanctions and export control as case manager of the internal investigation leading to the voluntary disclosure in 2010 of the historic sanctions violations by Fokker Services.  He has led the implementation of the  export controls and anti-bribery program at Fokker Services from 2010 onwards. He has been appointed in 2013 as Chief Compliance & Risk Officer for all business units of Fokker Technologies.   In this role he oversees the compliance program of the Fokker Group with main focus on both the export control as well as the anti-bribery program of the group


♦ Mr. Miguel Orozco, General Counsel, Navantia

Secretary of the Board and General Counsel (since 2007)

Professional Career in the public sector:

Deputy Director of the Legal Services of Spain’s Taxation Agency (Agencia Tributaria) (2003-2007);

Head of the Legal Service in Catalonia of Spain’s Taxation Agency (2001-2003); Second Head of the Legal Service in Catalonia of Spain’s Taxation Agency (2000-2001); Lay Attorney of the State before the Courts of the Province of Barcelona (1998-2000). Attorney of the Spanish State since 1998


♦ Mr. Alex Groba, Director Foreign Trade, MTU Aero Engines AG

In 2017 Alexander Groba had been appointed Head of Export Control, Customs and Foreign Trade at MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer. Being an established global player in the industry, MTU is engaged in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories and industrial gas turbines. Prior joining MTU, Alexander was Airbus Group’s Coordinator for U.S. Export Control, driving the company through the U.S. export control reform, and also headed the Centre of Competence Tools & Training. Before being selected to support the corporate team in 2010, he served as Head of Customs and Export Control of Tesat-Spacecom, Europe’s largest equipment supplier in the field of satellite communications. Until 2007, he worked within the Central Export Administration of EADS, providing guidance to the German subsidiaries. Furthermore, being a regular speaker on conferences around the World, e.g. in Ankara, London, Washington or Paris, Alexander works as a consultant and lecturer for export compliance and is also co-author of the German textbook “Praxis der US-(Re-) Exportkontrolle” (3rdedition, 2015). In 2006, he graduated with a diploma from Brunswick European Law School which had been awarded as the best thesis in International Law.


♦ Mr. Stephane Chardon,Head of Sector, Strategic Export Controls, European Commission


♦ Senior RepresentativeFederal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) Germany


♦ Ms. Tanja Roling, Head Export Controls and Strategic Goods, International Trade Policy and Economic Governance Department, Directorate General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)


♦ Mr. Matthieu Fossat, SGDSN, France


♦ Dr. Elena Azpiazu Garrido, Assistant Director General, Spanish Data Protection Agency, AEPD


♦ Ms. Cristina Angela Gulisano, Datatilsynet, Danish Data Protection Agency, Denmark


♦ Mr. Antonello Soro, President of Garante per la protezione dei dati personali,Italian Data Protection Agency, Italy


♦ Mr. Aleid Wolksen, Chairman of Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, Netherlands Data Protection Agency, Netherlands


♦ Ms. Kristina Svahn Starrsjo, Director General, Swedish Data Inspection Board, Sweden


♦ Mr. Teemu Sepponen, Director Export Control Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland


♦ Ms. Marie-CharlotteRoques-Bonnet, Director of EMEA Privacy Policy, Microsoft EMEA 


♦ Dr. Anna ZeiterLL.M. (Stanford), Head of Data Protection EMEA / Data Protection Officer EU, eBay International AG 


♦ Mr. Andrew Cox, Head of Data Privacy, SNC Lavelin 


♦ Mr. Giovanni Cerutti, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Data Protection Officer, NTT Data, EMEA


♦ Mr. Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Counsel, Raytheon Company

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and will include the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field:

Day 1 : GDPR

♦ The new data protection regulation- How it will affect your business and are you prepared?

♦ Engaging with the authorities

♦ Individuals rights – The right to be forgotten

♦ Enforcement in a global setting

♦ International Data transfers – Binding Corporate rules

♦  Data protection authorities and the EDPB

♦ Panel Discussion – A chance to further discuss topics brought up in the day’s presentations.

Day 2: European Trade Controls Compliance for North American Companies 

♦ Latest developments in the EU

♦ Update onBrexit

♦ Complying with EU sanctions: enforcement of the Blocking Rule – an industry perspective

♦ Enforcement of export controls in the EU and Member State

♦ EU dual-use regulation implementation: how are the Member States handling the implementation and what companies should do to comply

♦ Tightening of FDI regulations in the EU

♦ Panel Discussion: Similarities and differences in European export control systems and how this compares with the US

 Day 3: European Trade Controls Compliance for North American Companies 

♦ Swiss trade controls on dual-use goods and technologies

♦ GDPR impact on licensing and gathering of EU data

♦  Trends in Multi-lateral regimes: MTCR – Wassenaar

♦ EU and Member State perspective on Information Technology controls

♦ Product classification in the EU Member States

♦ New legislation regarding exports to non-democratic countries

♦ Open Forum – Your Choice

Delegates and Speakers Break Out into Roundtables to discuss points raised over the last two days

Please contact your Nielsonsmith representative to discuss the programme in more depth.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm’s international trade practice facilitates our clients’ ability to engage in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders, in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We have a robust practice in the area of global trade controls, including export controls, economic sanctions, customs and import controls, anticorruption, anti-money laundering and corporate social responsibility. Follow us on Twitter (@AGTradeLaw).

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 

GDPR Compliance For North American Companies: 1 Day Conference Only – 1000 USD

Early Bird (Book And Pay By 30th Of November 2018) – 800 USD

European Trade Controls Compliance For North American Companies – Strategic Summit: 2 Day Conference – 2199 USD

Early Bird (Book And Pay By 30th Of November 2018) – 1999 USD

GDPR Compliance For North American Companies And European Trade Controls Compliance For North American Companies – Strategic Summit – 3000 USD

Early Bird (book and pay by 30th of November 2018) – 2800 USD

Please note, we will not charge VAT on this price. The price includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Group Booking Discounts.

Conference Venue

The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20036
United States

Conference Accommodation

Arrival: 3rd of February 2019

Departure: 6th of February 2019

Group Rate: $199.00 for single/double occupancy . There is an additional $30.00 per person per day for triple and quad occupancy 

Room rates are subject to prevailing sales tax, currently 14.95% in the District of Columbia. Hotel reserves the right to amend sales tax rates in accordance with changes in government/state/city regulations. 

Method of Reservations – Individual Call In 

Conference participants can make guest room reservations by calling the hotel Reservations Department at 001 (202) 483-6000, and referencing the event name “Nielsonsmith Compliance Week”. Reservations Agents are available 24 hours a day. After 14th of January 2019, any new room reservations or changes to existing room reservations will be accepted based upon space and rate availability. 

Check-In Time 

Check-in time is 3:00p.m. and check-out is 12:00 p.m. Rooms may be made available for early arrival and/or for late departure by special arrangement. Guests needing to check-in early should inform the front desk staff and every attempt will be made to accommodate the request. 

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