Export Compliance in Europe Conference 2019, 30th & 31st of January 2019, Munich, Germany

Our annual winter gathering in Munich looking at everything you need to know about EU and European Trade Controls Compliance.

Speaker Panel Includes:

Mr. John Whitworth, Senior Trade Compliance Manager, General Electric 

Ms. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Export Control Manager, SR Technics 

Mr. Steve Peirce, Sales Director EMEA & APAC, OCR International Ltd

Mr. Andreas Giger, Head of Trade Compliance, KION Group

Ms. Erika Trujillo, Senior Trade Compliance Specialist, Adient 

Dr. Ted Ganten, Head of Export Control and Customs, Siemens Healthineers AG

Mr. Sven Willen, Risk Management & Compliance Professional, Caterpillar 

Mr. Christian Völkel, Key Account Manager, Bureau van Dijk

Mr. Thomas Konetschny, Head of Export Controls, ESG Elektroniksystem Und Logistik GmbH 

Mr. Frank Gretter, Head of Export Controls, Nokia

Ms. Bettina Mertgen, Director | Indirect Tax, Deloitte GmbH

Mr. Mark Handley, Head of Litigation, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

And other specialists in Trade Compliance.

♦ Mr. Mark Handley, Head of Litigation, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Mark Handley is the Head of Litigation in the London office of Curtis Mallet. In addition to his practice in complex cross-border disputes and anti-corruption matters he has a wealth of experience in European sanctions and export control matters.

He has advised on the EU sanctions and trade controls regimes relating to Afghanistan, Burma, Crimea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria, as well as on the EU’s anti-US blocking statute. He has particular experience with regard to the Russian and Iranian sanctions.

He regularly conducts compliance reviews and risk assessments in addition to transactional advice and due diligence and internal investigations. He sits on the Law Society of England and Wales’ sanctions working group. His sectoral experience ranges from defence and aerospace, to manufacturing and petrochemicals, as well as insurance, financial services and oil and gas. He regularly provides sanctions and export controls training to clients, as well as speaking and publishing on sanctions, and related, subjects.


♦ Mr. Sven Willen, Risk Management & Compliance Professional, Caterpillar

Sven Willen serves as Risk Management and Compliance Professional for Caterpillar´s Global Power Solutions Division. Willen is based at the Kiel Engine Center, Kiel, Germany and is accountable for leading the Risk Management and Compliance Function for the High- and Medium Speed Engine Business providing compliance related advice and counsel. Before joining Caterpillar, Willen was Director of Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Compliance at Raytheon Anschuetz GmbH – a world-leading manufacturer of marine navigation systems – located in Kiel, Germany within Raytheon Company´s Integrated Defense Systems Business (IDS). During his tenure at Raytheon Willen held various management positions including Director of International Business Support and Compliance, being responsible for group compliance and prior to this Director Contracts and Legal Affairs. Willen served also in the capacity of Director Ethics and Data Privacy Officer. Before joining Raytheon, Willen was legal counsel for a tax accounting firm and contract manager for a pharmaceutical company. He has more than fifteen years of contracts, legal and compliance experience in the pharmaceutical, maritime and aerospace and defense industries. Willen used to be a member of Raytheon´s Corporate Compliance Sustainment Program for anti-corruption compliance, Export Controls and Global Trade Compliance, the Company´s Privacy Working Group and also member of Raytheon´s Strategic Initiative for policy simplification and global policy implementation. He is a recipient of the 2017 GBS Excellence in Global Business Award for his contribution to Raytheon´s Privacy Working Group. Willen earned a Law Degree from Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany and a Post Graduate Certificate as Compliance Officer from the University of Augsburg (ZWW), Germany. He is admitted to the German Bar since 2001 as an attorney at law (Rechtsanwalt) and also licensed as Corporate Legal Counsel (Syndikusrechtsanwalt). Before studying law in Heidelberg and Kiel, Willen served in the German Navy´s medical Corps.


♦ Dr. Ted Ganten, Head of Export Control and Customs, Siemens Healthineers AG

Dr. Ted Ganten has a professional background as lawyer. He started with Siemens Healthineers 17 years ago as a commercial lawyer in various capacities. He then proceeded in working as a Division Compliance Officer, Head of Legal Compliance and Regulatory and finally as General Counsel and Head of Legal for various divisions within Siemen Healthineers. Now he is heading the global Export Control and Customs function of Siemens Healthineers. Siemens Healthineers is a global leader in medical technology and diagnostic infrastructure with around 48,000 employees in over 70 countries and a turnover north of 13 billion EUR.


♦ Mr. John Whitworth, Senior Trade Compliance Manager, General Electric

John is part of GE’s centralised Trade Compliance team providing support across the businesses in all trade compliance matters. For the last 2 years John has lead the provision of support to internal M&A teams handling various acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals. Prior to this John had responsibility for directing the Export compliance program in the Energy Connections division including the implementation of a revamped ‘Enterprise standard’ for export controls. In addition, from January 2016 until November 2018 John has provided close support to non US subsidiaries with regard to Sanctions compliance under the JCPOA and OFAC’s General License H.


Ms. Erika Trujillo, Senior Trade Compliance Specialist, Adient

Erika is a New York qualified lawyer, who joined Adient in 2016 as the Senior Trade Compliance Specialist and EMEA Regional Leader for Export Controls. She is accountable for the implementation and management of Export Controls in 21 Countries with more than 80 locations, as well as consulting on topics of International Trade law and policy, including Brexit and EU regulatory changes.

Prior to joining Adient, Erika worked in several international trade roles, including in Brussels with a major International law firm focused on Antitrust, Competition, and Trade, and for the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration in Washington D.C.


Mr. Andreas Giger, Head of Trade Compliance, KION Group

Andreas Giger – Head of Trade Compliance – responsible for Customs & Trade Compliance within KION GROUP AG. Mr Giger started his career as a forwarding agent 34 years ago in Germany. During his career he was working for companies like TNT, JPMorgan Chase Vastera and BluJay Solutions with a focus on Export Compliance and related IT systems. In addition, he supported large multi-nationals in implementing their own Internal Control programs (ICP) for Trade Compliance.


Mr. Christian Völkel, Key Account Manager, Bureau van Dijk

Christian Völkel is a team leader in Bureau van Dijk’s corporate team. He has extensive experience advising organizations in the implementation of compliance solutions for regulatory requirements as well as internal control systems. He holds degrees in business administration and hospitality management.


♦ Ms. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Export Control Manager, SR Technics

Geanina specializes in the multifaceted management of controlled goods licensing, strategy and control, under the U.S., European and other Trade and Sanctions Regulations. Throughout her career, Geanina has worked, in both manufacturing and operational environments in the aviation, space and defense sectors. Her experience has included, but is not limited to: contractual support, drafting and review; strategic planning and integration of trade, export and sanctions controls into operations; end-to-end import and export licensing management, across multiple jurisdictions; leading classification projects and technical data reviews; creating and delivering training programs; detailed audit, investigation and remedial action implementation; the development and implementation of Trade, Export and Sanctions Compliance policy


♦ Mr. Reinhard Poelzl, Director of Solutions Consulting EMEA, Amber Road


Mr. Frank Gretter, Head of Export Control, Nokia

Current role: Head of Export Control at Nokia since 01. June 2016
Previous role: Head of Classification and Enabling in GTM at Nokia since April 2010.

Before that:

  • classification expert (HS classification) at Nokia and Nokia Siemens networks (April 2007)
  • customs expert at Siemens since 1999

Experience & education

  • Technical and business economic educated
  • Customs background and 12 years experience
  • Experience with product classifications and challenges with it as such as product structure, IT tool landscape, new products because of merger and acquisitions
  • Leading international/global (virtual) teams
  • Process and tool development in classifications

Mr. Steve Peirce, Sales Director EMEA & APAC, OCR International Ltd

Based in the London office, Steve joined OCR in 2017 to drive new business sales in EMEA and APAC.

Having spent 25 years selling a variety of software solutions into a myriad of vertical markets he is now focused on helping companies in Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defence to streamline their import/export and compliance processes.



Ms. Bettina Mertgen, Director | Indirect Tax, Deloitte GmbH


♦ Mr. Thomas Konetschny, Head of Export Controls, ESG Elektroniksystem Und Logistik GmbH


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

♦ Update on the current EU and US sanctions

♦ Chinese Export controls

♦ Creating clarity around ownership structures

♦ Brexit – Export Controls in Practice

♦ Impact of GDPR on export controls

♦ What non-regulatory developments should one keep in mind from the perspective of modifying your compliance programme?

♦ Internal Compliance programs & export controls: hot topics, challenges in practice and (international) standards

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

♦ Classification – considerations for a global set up

♦ Trade Compliance challenges with M&A/Disposals – preparation measures, due diligence, mechanisms used to align organisations post-close and special considerations for specific jurisdictions

Audits Investigations and Disclosure

♦ Challenges on the measures to control technology transfers under EU legislation and US requirements

♦ Defence Trade directive implementation in Italy: the licensing perspective

♦ Latest strategic developments of US export controls and key aspects of re-exports of US articles (materials and technology)

♦ 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.


OCR Global Trade Management

OCR is the leading provider of globe trade management software and solutions for a diverse range of industry verticals. With a global presence that spans across the US, UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, OCR specialises in trade compliance solutions that have successfully streamlined the compliance processes for top Fortune 500 companies with its robust software solutions. OCR’s Global Trade Management Software is implemented by industry leaders to facilitate their import/export processes ensuring the supply chain processes adhere to customs compliance as well as other regulations imposed by government organisations and agencies. We service clients from a diverse range of industries, including market-leading organisations that operate in aerospace & defence, electronics, computer hardware & services, banking, insurance & finance, pharmaceuticals, chemical & petroleum, federal & state governments, legal community and freight forwarding & distribution.


MIC – Managing International Customs & Trade Compliance

One world, one market, one partner

MIC Customs Solutions is the worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutionsensuring efficient customs and trade compliance processes within the legal frameworks in 48+ countries on six continents.

Our 700+ multinational clients achieved tremendous cost savings and transparency in the customs supply chain through integrating and automating customs processes. MIC is the number one global customs software provider in the automotive industry reflecting its 30 years’ experience exclusively in this sector, and is strongly growing in other industry sectors as well.

MIC’s software products are offered as On-Premises or as Software-as-a-Service Solution (SaaS).


Bureau van Dijk – A Moody’s Analytics Company

Certainty is a highly-prized commodity in business. Data might be getting bigger all the time, but this only makes extracting value from it more difficult. We capture and treat private company information for better decision making and increased efficiency.

Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics company, has extensive company data, corporate ownership structures and adverse data that delivers information on your customers and business partners, and the individuals behind them.

We help compliance as well as law enforcement and customs experts all over the world to validate companies through Orbis, the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies. It contains information on 300 million companies; including directors, company structures, beneficial owners, PEPs and Sanctions and adverse news.

Sign up for a free trial under bvdinfo.com


About Amber Road

Amber Road’s (NYSE: AMBR) mission is to dramatically transform the way companies conduct global trade. As a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) software and trade content, we help companies all over the world create value through their global supply chain by improving margins, achieving greater agility and lowering risk. We do this by creating a digital model of the global supply chain that enables collaboration between buyers, sellers and logistics companies. We replace manual and outdated processes with comprehensive automation for global trade activities, including sourcing, supplier management, production tracking, transportation management, supply chain visibility, import and export compliance, and duty management. We provide rich data analytics to uncover areas for optimization and deliver a platform that is responsive and flexible to adapt to the ever-changing nature of global trade.

For more information, please visit www.AmberRoad.com, email Solutions@AmberRoad.com or call +49 89 2000 3410.


Deloitte provides audit, risk advisory, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries; legal advisory services in Germany are provided by Deloitte Legal. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s approximately 264,000 professionals are committed to making an impact that matters.

Making an impact that matters. Every day we challenge ourselves to do what matters most – for clients, for our people, and for society. We serve clients distinctively, bringing innovative insights, solving complex challenges and unlocking sustainable growth. We inspire our talented professionals to deliver outstanding value to clients, providing an exceptional career experience and an inclusive and collaborative culture. We contribute to society, building confidence and trust in the markets, upholding the integrity of organizations and supporting our communities.


Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, is one of the first U.S. law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counseling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals. With 17 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and East Asia, we are located in the key business centers in which our clients need us most.

The Curtis International Trade group provides clients with practical solutions to the global trade, international investment, market access and export control issues that have become increasingly critical to business operations. Our clients include government entities as well as domestic and international companies in an array of industries.

Our international trade lawyers have decades of experience handling all aspects of international trade law. The firm provides a panoply of services, which include compliance advice; compliance training; preparation of compliance policies; identifying and managing contractual risk; conducting internal investigations; and representing companies and individuals facing government investigation or charged with violations.

Our team is highly respected by clients and our peers, receiving consistent recognition as a leading international trade practice in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and Legal 500.

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1399 Euros

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

Le Méridien Munich

Bayerstraße 41, 80335 München, Germany

Conference Accommodation

Arrival: 29.01.2019

Departure: 31.01.2019

Room rates:

Superior room single use including breakfast: € 189 per room and night.

Superior room double use including breakfast: € 209 per room and night.

Surcharge to deluxe category (from superior category) € 25 per room and night.

Surcharge to executive category (from superior category) € 55 per room and night.

The above mentioned rates are valid per room and night including the breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant, as well as complimentary WIFI.

Reservation procedure: A block of rooms will be held for the Conference guests until 8 weeks prior to arrival and can be booked by contacting the Hotel reservations department quoting the booking reference NIELSONSMITH. The reservations department can be contacted by telephone at +49 (0) 89 2422 2995, by fax at +49 (0) 89 2422 2025 or by email at reservations@lemeridienmunich.com.

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