Our annual gathering in Munich looking at ITAR and EAR compliance in Europe.

Well 2018 has shown us that U.S. national security policies coupled with global risks are constantly changing U.S sanctions and export controls. Review and revision by the Trump administration, the adoption of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018, as well as the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 and increased attention from Congress means the pace of change will likely accelerate through 2019.

For nine years leading experts in Europe and the U.S.A have been meeting in Munich in the second quarter of every year to discuss key developments in U.S export controls and how these create challenges both strategically and operationally.

The conference promises once more to be lively, with differing opinions stimulating an open debate, no ‘death by power point’ here, come prepared to learn and contest and leave with new perspectives.

Speaker Panel includes:

Mr. Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

Mr. Bryce Bittner, Director of Global Trade Compliance, Textron 

Mr. Andre Hermsen, Group Risk and Compliance Officer, GKN

Mr. Michael Moch, Senior Specialist U.S. Export Control, MTU Aero Engines AG

Mr. Nigel Griffin, Export Compliance Leader, GE Global Operations

Mr. Philipp Weber-Lortsch, Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte 

Ms. Heather Sroka, Senior Corporate Counsel Compliance, ARM 

Mr. Giampaolo Delbuono, Head of Aircraft Division Governance and Foreign Licensing, Leonardo S.p.A.

Ms. Rosa Rosanelli, General Counsel, Chief Export Compliance Officer, Belgium Engine Center

Ms. Allison Porcella, International Trade Compliance Counsel, Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH

Ms. Michelle Hart, Manager Regulatory Compliance FSO/ TCO/EO, Nammo Talley Inc.

Ms. Lonnie Myklebust, Director of Trade Compliance, Nammo

Mr. Curtis Dombek, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Mr. Reid Whitten, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

And other specialists in the area of ITAR & EAR compliance

♦ Mr. Giampaolo Delbuono, Head of Aircraft Division Governance and Foreign Licensing, Leonardo S.p.A.

Giampaolo Delbuono is part of the Leonardo S.p.A. – Aircraft Division Trade Compliance, former Finmeccanica S.p.A. and before former Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A. He is responsible for foreign licensing, with specific focus on US Import/Export laws and regulations. Prior to joining the Trade Compliance Department, he held the position of Head of Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment & Technology Transfer for Alenia Aermacchi. In this position, Giampaolo was responsible, among other things, for assisting and facilitating the export and import compliance process for the JSF Program.

Prior to be Head of JSF Sustainment & Technology Transfer, Giampaolo worked for a number of years in US at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and before that at Boeing in a number of positions of increasing responsibilities within the System/Software Development Teams and Technology Transfer.

Giampaolo began his career in the aerospace arena as a Software Safety Critical Engineer followed by serving for 2 years as the Deputy Program Manager for a collaborative European Community sponsored research project, Aerospace Intelligent Management and development environment for embedded Systems (AIMS). Giampaolo received his Bachelor degree in Physics from Turin University (Italy) in 1985.

♦ Ms. Heather Sroka, Senior Corporate Counsel Compliance, ARM

Ms. Sroka is a U.S. licensed attorney specializing in international business & trade and has over fourteen years of experience in the global trade industry including standing-up and implementing a newly created trade compliance program, assessing global risk, identifying areas of improvement and building a strong team of export compliance professionals. She started her career at the U.S. Government investigating companies and individuals for unlicensed exports. She then went into private practice with a global law firm based in Washington D.C. representing clients in the defense services and high-technology industries including investigations by multiple government agencies and advising clients on establishing internal export compliance programs and obtaining the appropriate export licenses. Ms. Sroka has acted as the Empowered Official in various defense contractors advising on military defense and classified programs and has also worked in-house in multiple industries advising on customs law matters including areas such as country of origin analysis, valuation, classification, deemed exports, encryption technology, use of FTZ and FTA for duty optimization, C-TPAT/AEO programs and global licensing requirements. Ms. Sroka has practiced in the EU working for a Dutch multi-national corporation in Amsterdam advising on the company’s global operations and is currently working in the biotech industry focusing on global trade regulatory requirements and compliance with U.S. Government contract compliance.

♦ Mr. Bryce Bittner, Director of Global Trade Compliance, Textron

Bryce Bittner is the Director of Global Trade Compliance at Textron Inc. where he oversees compliance with the export control, sanctions, customs, and anti-boycott laws for Textron’s family of companies, including Arctic Cat, ATAC, Bell, Howe & Howe, Kautex, Jacobsen, Textron Aviation, Textron Financial, Textron Specialized Vehicles, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation & Training.  

Mr. Bittner is a member of the U.S. Dept. of State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TransTAC), and he chairs the TransTAC Unmanned Aerial Systems and Rotorcraft Gearbox Technical Working Groups.

Prior to joining Textron, Mr. Bittner worked as export control counsel for Honeywell Aerospace and as an Associate in the International Trade practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Mr. Bittner graduated from Columbia Law School and Columbia School of International and Public Affairs with a joint J.D./Master of International Affairs and from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Russian.  He is admitted to the Maryland State and District of Columbia Bars. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Bittner resides in Falls Church, VA with his wife and two boys.

♦ Mr. Andre Hermsen, Group Risk and Compliance Officer, GKN
André Hermsen is  the Head of Risk & Compliance  for GKN Aerospace.   GKN Aerospace is owned by Melrose PLC and supplies aero-structures, engine systems and special products to aircraft & engine manufacturers and provides after-market solutions to aircraft operators.  GKN Aerospace employs 17.000 employees in 14 countries around the globe.
nAndré 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 risk and trade compliance with focus on Sanctions  / Export controls and Anti Bribery.
André 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.
André has worked since 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.  Following the acquisition of Fokker Technologies by GKN Aerospace in 2015 , André has assumed additional responsibilities within GKN and has recently been  appointed Head of Risk & Compliance for GKN Aerospace.

♦ Mr. Michael MochSenior Specialist U.S. Export ControlMTU Aero Engines AG

Michael Moch, engineer of aeronautics, is working for MTU Aero Engines at Munich since 1999 and  joined the contract management team for defence products in 2005. He specialized since then in the U.S. Export Control Regulations ITAR and EAR. His knowledge and experience in U.S. export control is based on regular training in the USA, practical day to day business and interaction with other export professionals in Europe and USA.

In 2016 Michael Moch joined the central export compliance department as senior specialist for the MTU group and project manager for technology control. As permanent member of international export control working groups, he is co-operating with the main European aircraft engine manufacturers as well as with the big U.S. OEMs.

♦ Mr. Nigel Griffin, Export Compliance Leader,GE Global Operations

Qualified and served as an electronics engineer in the UK . Joining DRS Technologies in 2001 managing post design engineering, contracts and export compliance for high speed camera systems, military aviation, naval and ground based electronics and computer systems. Joined GE Aviation in 2012 as the Engineering Export Compliance Leader in the UK.

Current role is as part of the GE Global Operations Trade Compliance Centre of Excellence with the joint responsibility for Export Compliance and product classification across all GE Industrial Businesses Globally but with a specific focus on UK, EU and US military and dual use regulations .

♦ Mr. Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

Gary Stanley is the President of Global Legal Services, PC, a Washington, DC-based law firm focusing on trade compliance and other international business issues. Mr. Stanley represents, among others, numerous U.S., Canadian, and European companies on defense export control issues.

For example, Mr. Stanley has:

  • Counseled numerous U.S. defense firms on securing U.S. Department of State/Directorate of Defense Trade Controls approvals of licenses, as well as manufacturing license and technical assistance agreements, under Parts 123 and 124 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and in using ITAR exemptions, including the Canadian exemption in ITAR §126.5.
  • Advised several companies on voluntary disclosures under ITAR § 127.12.
  • Assisted numerous defense firms with registration and licensing of its brokers under Part 129 of the ITAR.
  • Provided export control training to a variety of U.S., U.K., and Canadian defense firms, as well as Russian Government export control officials and various agencies of the Government of Canada, including the Canadian Department of National Defence, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the Canadian Space Agency.

From February 2004 to February 2005, Mr. Stanley served as the Special Compliance Official overseeing a major defense company’s export control compliance program pursuant to a Consent Agreement the company entered with the U.S. Department of State. State enforcement officials had brought charges against the company under a theory of successor liability for violations another company, most of whose assets this company had acquired, allegedly committed.

Besides representing private companies, Mr. Stanley has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Government and industry groups. For example, he served as the principal outside subject matter expert on export controls to prime contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Phase II of the Transatlantic Secure Collaboration Program. This program was a consortium of ten U.S., Canadian and European defense companies, including Lockheed Martin, EADS, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing, seeking to establish “best practice” guidelines for the electronic exchange of unclassified proprietary and export-controlled information.

Mr. Stanley received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1975 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978. He was elected in his junior year to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Stanley currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer and a Trustee of The Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute.

For more information about Mr. Stanley and his law firm, Global Legal Services, call him at
(202) 686-4854 or e-mail him at gstanley@glstrade.com.


Ms. Rosa Rosanelli, General Counsel, Chief Export Compliance Officer, Belgium Engine Cente

Rosa Rosanelli is currently Chief Export Compliance Officer and General Counsel for the Belgium Engine Center. A Lawyer specialized in export controls, Rosa has analyzed and actively contributed to the resolution of legal and compliance issues for European defense companies, as well as the European Commission’s Galileo Legal Unit. Author of a report for the Italian Senate, she has held trainings for EU Commission Officials on ITAR, and has cooperated with its Joint Research Center to introduce the legal framework of non-proliferation to foreign governments, such as Democratic Republic of Congo or Tajikistan.

Member of several groups of experts, she is author of legal publications, including a Handbook on US export controls published by Liège University (Belgium) and a book on legal issues related to Space applications for Security and Defense, in cooperation with Finmeccanica.


  • Masters in Law of Aeronautics and Space and Telecommunications, Paris XI University
  • Masters in International Relations (International Law), Rome La Sapienza University
  • A Lawyer specialized in export controls, prior to this Rosa completed a Master in Law of Space and Telecommunications at Paris XI University, in 2012.

♦ Ms. Allison Porcella, International Trade Compliance Counsel, Huntsman Advanced Materials GmbH

As ITC Counsel for the Huntsman Corporation, Allison advisesin the complex, operational and strategic management of global export controls.  Throughout her career, Allison has worked, in both industrial and consulting capacities, for large-scale, multi-national aviation and defense organizations.  Her experience has included, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of Trade Compliance programs, license and authorization management, leading classification projects, creating and delivering training programs, conducting audits and investigations, and corrective action implementation.

Formerly, Allison was the Chair of the Pratt & Whitney European International Trade Controls Council; and, prior to life in Europe, she was an active Board Member for National Council of International Trade Development (“NCITD”); and, Contributing Author for the Society of International Affairs “Voluntary Disclosure Handbook”, and “Compliance Insiders: Toolkit for Internal Compliance” publications.  In 2017 Allison was recognized for her professional achievements by the C5 Communications, Woman in Compliance Awards as a short list nominee for Compliance Officer of the Year, EMEA.

Allison is a native of “Upstate” New York and presently resides with her family in Northern Switzerland.  She obtained her B.S. in Industrial Relations from Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y. and her J.D., with a concentration in Finance Transactions, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

♦ Mr. Philipp Weber-Lortsch, Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte 

Philipp is an international trade lawyer and member of Deloitte Germany’s Global Trade Advisory practice. Before he joined Deloitte in 2016, he worked as a junior lawyer for an US-American law firm and as a trainee for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Philippis specialized in all matters of trade compliance with a particular focus on global export controls and sanctions. He regularly designs and audits internal compliance programs. Philipp has taken part in varioussuccessfulrisk and export control reviews, investigations, voluntary disclosures, legal proceedings and M&A projects on a global scale. Philipp advises clients across different industries, both civilian and military.

♦ Ms. Michelle Hart, Manager Regulatory Compliance FSO/ TCO/EO, Nammo Talley Inc.

Michelle Hart is the Manager of Regulatory Compliance, including Facility Security Officer, Technology Control Officer and Empowered Official designations with Nammo Talley, Inc. , Mesa Arizona.  Michelle’s professional experience spans more than twenty (20) years with experience in customer support, project management, trade compliance, and industrial security with an emphasis on developing and maintaining trade and industrial security compliance programs.  Michelle’s background includes working in high-tech manufacturing environments with an extensive background in commercial and military aerospace and defense industries.

Facility and Industrial Security working in a Foreign Owned, Controlled and Influenced (FOCI) environment under a Defense Security Service (DSS), Special Security Agreement (SSA).

  • 2017 DSS Award for Excellence in Counter Intelligence winner. Nammo Talley Inc. was selected from the ranks of the thousands of cleared companies and institutions falling under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP); then advanced through a highly competitive selection process.
  • 2018 James A. Cogswell Award winner. The award focuses on the principles of industrial security excellence, which includes establishing and maintaining a security program that goes well beyond the minimum National Industrial Security Program requirements and providing leadership to other cleared facilities to set high standards for security.

Additional experience includes managing purchasing/planning, inventory control, contracts/order processing and logistics with a extensive background in overall manufacturing operations.

♦ Ms. Lonnie Myklebust, Director of Trade Compliance, Nammo

Lonnie Myklebust enjoys steering business fundamentals that promote cultures of compliance and maximize operational potential.

Ms. Myklebust is the Director of Trade Compliance at Nammo Raufoss in Norway, where she has oversight over compliance with export and regulatory regimes. Her specialties include export regimes from the United States, the Nordic nations, the EU Directives, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Wassenaar Arrangement. Ms. Myklebust also has oversight over government procurement of material at Nammo Raufoss, including the US Government’s Federal Acquisition Regulations, and in this role, she serves as an advisor to the other Nammo companies throughout Europe, and represents Nammo on the Committee for Government Business in the US.

Ms. Myklebust has a history working in Government Contracting and Compliance, Higher Education and Politics and Government where she served in public office in the United States.

Ms. Myklebust has a bachelor degree in International Relations and Trade (Latin America focus) from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota USA, and a master degree from the College of Business at Friends University in Kansas USA. She also has a certificate in US Government Contracting from George Mason University in Virginia USA and a Certificate in European Armaments from the Session Européenne des Responsables d’Armement” (SERA), Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale – Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN), Paris, France.

♦ Mr. Reid Whitten, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Reid Whitten works with clients around the world to plan, prepare, and succeed in global business transactions.

In the areas of sanctions, export and defense exports, anti-corruption, and CFIUS, he supports clients in detecting and deterring potential compliance issues as well as conducting investigations and defending against enforcement actions. Mr. Whitten also advises on U.S. anti-dumping, anti-money laundering, and anti-boycott regulations.

Mr. Whitten is a thought leader on cross-border business regulations. He is a visiting professor at the Law School of the Université Catholique de Lille, in France, and at Wake Forest University in the United States where he teaches courses on The Law of International Business. Mr. Whitten is a member of Chatham House, the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.

He writes and comments regularly and is called on by television news channels, international newspapers, and trade publications to provide analysis on the latest changes to cross-border transactional regulations. Mr. Whitten is the lead author and editor of The CFIUS Book and is the head of the firm’s CFIUS Team. Mr. Whitten also conducts seminars on regulatory updates to industry groups in the United States, France, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. He speaks French fluently.

Mr. Whitten is the Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office and shares his time serving clients out of the Washington, D.C. office.

♦ Mr. Curtis Dombek, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Curt Dombek is a partner in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group. Curt divides his time between the firm’s Brussels and Los Angeles offices.

Areas of Practice

Curt has practiced since 1983 in the field of international trade. He advises clients on the full range of international regulatory issues, including civilian and military export controls, trade sanctions and blocking orders, Customs matters, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the USA Patriot Act, Free Trade Agreements, CFIUS reviews of foreign investment in the United States, the Conflict Minerals Rules of the SEC, the antiboycott regulations and the US-EU privacy safe harbor.  He handles export control compliance and other international matters for multinationals in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, aerospace and defense, energy, pharmaceutical, chemical, electronics and fashion and apparel industries.

Curt has designed international compliance programs and advised on complex questions of international compliance for companies with operations throughout the United States and the European Union as well as in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Assisting companies in complying with the detailed export controls on encryption and telecommunications technology is a significant part of his practice, as is the regulatory compliance relevant to outsourcing of design and production activities to India and China.

Curt has represented clients in many high-profile international trade cases. In Kuwait, he represented the Kuwait government in the preparation and submission of its Gulf War claims to the United Nations Compensation Commission. Curt has conducted many depositions and other investigative and discovery proceedings overseas and has represented domestic and foreign clients in ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations in Europe and the Far East as well as the United States. He has addressed international conferences and published articles on a variety of international legal topics.

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

♦ Update on U.S. Trade Controls Compliance:  What’s happened over the past year and what’s to come in 2019

♦ Latest US sanctions changes and developments: Iran, Russia, etc.

♦ The Export Control Reform Act of 2018and the changes and impact it has brought on European-based companies

♦ Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernisation Act of 2018

The extraterritorial effect of U.S. sanction law and its limitations through EU legislation – challenges in practice

♦ North American Industrial Base: UK and Australia are in. What are the implications of this vis-à-vis other European A&D companies?

♦ Interactive Panel Discussion: industry 4.0 initiations

♦ Technology controls under US-regulations

♦ In-Depth Screening

♦ Re-exports and re-transfers of US articles (materials and technology)

♦ Setting up Special Security Agreements and other counter-FOCI arrangements to enable US subsidiaries to handle US classified data

♦ Classifications: latest problems and best practice

♦ Strategies for dealing with Unsophisticated US Parties

♦ 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.

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

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