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

Every year in Munich in February European export controls compliance specialists meet to discuss and learn. Whether your interest is in the updated EU Dual-Use regulation, US, UK and EU sanctions or investment controls, Chinese export controls and “Anti-Sanctions Law” or US re-exports, if you export out of Europe – this is your event. Let’s face it, the only constant nowadays in export control – is change. Do not get caught out, drop us a line to talk further and attend.

Speaker Panel Includes:

  • Mr. Alex Groba, Director, Foreign Trade, MTU Aero Engines AG
  • Ms. Anna Goncz, Sanctions & Anti- Boycott Program Manager, Intel
  • Dr. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Local Division Trade Compliance Officer, ABB Switzerland Ltd.
  • Mr. Ulrich Raab, Senior Trade Control Manager, Oerlikon
  • Mr. Thomas Konetschny, Head of Export Control, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH
  • Mr. Johan Evers, Export Control & Responsible Supply Manager, Umicore
  • Mr. Gabriele Coppo, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

And other specialists in export controls compliance.

Speaker Panel includes:

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” (3rd edition, 2015).

In 2006, he graduated with a diploma from Brunswick European Law School which had been awarded as the best thesis in International Law.

Ms. Anna Goncz, Sanctions & Anti- Boycott Program Manager, Intel 

I have started my career as an export control officer at the UK aerospace company. I then moved into missile and defence business managing export controls for one part of the business.

I joined Intel Technology Poland in 2018 as the EMEA Global Trade Specialist responsible for military projects in EMEA region, however the role has expanded to Asia and US. Since 2012 I have gained strong knowledge in European Export Controls both military and dual-use as well as US export controls such as ITAR and EAR.

Mr. Thomas Konetschny, Head of Export Control, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH

Thomas is Head of ESG ́s Export Control Department. He and his team provides strategic, tactic and operational information about all questions related to Export Control Compliance. For more than 16 years he had worked in Export Control within the Sectors of Semiconductor, Life Science, Technology, Engineering for multiple industry sectors and aerospace and defence. Thomas is focused the IT side of Export Control, ICP ́s and implementation. Additionally, he has briefed members from the EU commission and other external stakeholders.

Gabirele CoppoMr. Gabriele Coppo, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis 

Gabriele specialises in EU law with a particular focus on international trade and export controls. He is a key member of Van Bael & Bellis’ exceptional international trade and customs team.

Gabriele assists clients on trade compliance issues, including export control, sanctions, and embargo laws. He regularly assists companies on export control compliance programs and audits, as well as the granting of authorisations and licenses. He also assists clients in challenges against EU restrictive measures.

In addition, Gabriele regularly handles classification, valuation and origin matters. He represents companies in investigations carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office and/or Italian Customs and has broad experience in customs litigation.

Gabriele’s expertise extends to EU trade remedies (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, anti-circumvention, safeguard investigations). Notably, he has developed extensive experience in assisting European companies, associations and governments targeted by trade defence investigations initiated by non-EU countries, including the US.

He is a dual-qualified lawyer and admitted to the Turin bar as well as the Brussels bar.

♦ Ms. Bettina Mertgen, Partner, Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte

Bettina Mertgen is Partner at Deloitte and is responsible for all Deloitte’s services around export controls, embargoes and sanctions. After more than 8 years in an international Law Firm she joined Deloitte in April 2015. Bettina has long-term experience in advising national and international clients. She is focused on advising in her clients in al all aspects of Internal Compliance. She and her team develops customized customs and trade compliance processes including working and organizational guidelines for her clients and assists in its implementation.

♦ Mr. Michael Schäfer, Partner, Deloitte

Michael Schäfer is a Partner and head of Deloitte‘s Global Trade Advisory (GTA) Team in Germany since January 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in customs and global trade matters. Michael Schäferstarted his career as auditor for the German customs authorities. Consecutively he gathered experience in industrial enterprises as head of goods dispatch and customs. He implemented export control management and customs systems and added during his time at SAP a profound knowledge in SAP ERP. He was responsible for the go-to-market for SAP’s global trade management solution (SAP GTS) in Europe. Before joining Deloitte, Michael worked as Consultant and was leading several IT-related customs & trade projects.

Selected clients
Various companies in different industries as Automotive, Industrial products, Process industries, Aerospace & defense, Retail, Consumer products, Technology, Logistic Service providers etc.

Selected experiences
•30 years of experience in customs and global trade matters
•Working experience as customs auditor
•experience in industrial enterprises
•Implementation of export control management and customs systems •Roll-out of SAP’s global trade management solution (SAP GTS) •Experience in IT-related customs & trade projects
• Academic background and memberships

Michael has a Master in financial administration (customs) and a Master in business administration.

♦ Mr. Reinhard Pölz, AVP Solutions Consulting, E2open

Mr. Pölzl has more than 10 years global trade industry and project experience and has performed various roles in leading software solution vendors. He has extensive global trade consulting experience with a current focus on compliance and process automation, which complements previous work in customs compliance management. Roles have included software development, support, implementation, project management and sales for customers across Europe and Asia in different sectors including automotive, electronics, retail and 3PL.

Ms. Ingrun Retzlaff, Head of Export Control, Brüker Daltonics

Mr. Johan Evers, Export Control & Responsible Supply Manager, Umicore 

Dr. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Local Division Trade Compliance Officer, ABB Switzerland Ltd.

Mr. Ulrich Raab, Senior Trade Control Manager, Oerlikon

♦ Ms. Erika Trujillo, Trade Compliance Professional, Private Enterprise

Mr. Ed Peartree, Group Head of Export Control, BAE Systems Plc (tentative)

Should you wish to join our esteemed speaker panel at the Export Compliance in Europe Conference 2022, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

The agenda for Export Compliance in Europe Conference 2022 is prepared by and for industry professionals, and includes the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field.

The topics include:

♦ The new EU Dual-Use regulation: first impressions and practical challenges with changing processes

EU sanctions: update on the status

♦ Chinese export controls

♦ Mitigating US sanctions in the EU: what can you do when planning product development to keep away from US jurisdiction?

♦ What to expect in an export controls audit?

♦ Panel Discussion

• EU investment and trade agreement with China and its export control impact

• Brexit and future divergence with the EU

• Diversion of controlled items by criminals taking advantage of COVID-19

• Back-logs at ports

• What EU firms can do to include export compliance topics to the curricula of the local business schools and universities?

♦ Re-export of US goods: practical impact of changes to US export controls

♦ Practically dealing with the EU human rights aspect of export controls

♦ Trade compliance and the Cloud

♦ Developments of export controls on emerging technologies

♦ Export controls aspects of large EU collaboration projects

♦ Round table discussions- round table topics to be chosen by the speakers & delegates from questions and answers during the presentations. An opportunity to talk informally peer to peer.

If you are interested in speaking at this conference, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

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

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Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels with more than 30 years of experience in EU trade and customs law, specialising in trade defence instruments, investigations and export controls. The firm has an office in Geneva dedicated to WTO matters. With nearly 70 lawyers coming from 20 different countries, we offer our clients the support of a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective. Our expertise is focused and specific, resulting in deep experience within our specialisations, which include EU competition law, EU regulatory law and Belgian business law.

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MIC is the worldwide leading provider of global customs and trade compliance software solutions. More than 700 customers in 55+ countries on six continents use MIC customs and trade compliance software. We specialize in the integration of global customs and trade compliance systems based on specific corporate structures and consider regional and national legal requirements. We ensure efficient customs operations and compliance within the legal frameworks. 1 GTM Source System with 1 GTM Compliance Database, 1 Graphical User Interface, and 1 consistent Maintenance & Support Service – worldwide.

MIC is the only privately owned and financially independent global software vendor in the international customs and trade compliance arena with one single IT platform. This allows us to be flexible and quick, powering us to a considerable competitive advantage in these continuously changing, fast-paced and dynamic times.

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♦ 2-day physical pass for one person and the company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1399 euros

♦ Unlimited company-wide virtual pass (includes 1 complimentary physical attendance) and the company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1599 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. Please note: “Vendor” companies may attend as sponsors only.

Conference Venue

Hilton Munich City

Rosenheimer Strasse 15

81667 Munich


Conference Accommodation

Hilton Munich City

Rosenheimer Strasse 15

81667 Munich


Room Rate – 149 Euros per night, inclusive of VAT and breakfast.

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