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

If you deal with controlled US goods the ITAR and EAR are acronyms you know all about and you have probably already attended this leading conference. But as we all know, it never gets easier, review and revision by the Biden administration has added a whole new dimension. See you in Munich guys.

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

Ms. Aleksandra Salamandra, Head of Export Control, Volvo Cars

Mr. André Hermsen, Senior Director, Compliance & Export Control, ASML

Ms. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Local Division Trade Compliance Officer, ABB

Mr. Konstantinos Katsoulis, Director, EMEA Global Trade Operations, Cardinal Health

Ms. Allison J. Porcella, ITC Counsel, Huntsman Advanced Materials Switzerland GmbH

♦ Mr. Tamas Nietsch, Senior Manager, EMEA Trade Compliance, Flextronics

Ms. Erika Trujillo, Manager Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte

Mr. Jim Huish, Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting

Mr. Reid Whitten, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

And other specialists in the area of ITAR and EAR export controls compliance, as well as OFAC sanctions compliance.

♦ 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

Mr. Konstantinos Katsoulis, Director, EMEA Global Trade Operations, Cardinal Health

Konstantinos joined Cardinal Health as Director, Global Trade in August 2016. In this position, he manages all import/ export-related operations for Cardinal Health in the EMEA region.

He has over 18 years of experience in dealing with a wide variety of trade issues, including customs, EU & U.S. export controls and trade sanctions, anti-boycott regulations, encryption controls, government procurement, trade defence measures, disclosures and audits. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, he worked in various roles for PerkinElmer, Toyota Motor Europe and Baker & McKenzie in Belgium and the U.S. He is currently based in Baar, Switzerland and is fluent in English, French and Greek.

Ms. Allison J. Porcella, ITC Counsel, Huntsman Advanced Materials Switzerland GmbH

As ITC Counsel for the Huntsman Corporation, Allison advises in 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. Jim Huish, Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting

Jim Huish is a Managing Director of the Export Controls & Sanctions Practice offering in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting (FLC) segment at FTI Consulting, and he is based in London. Jim specializes in international trade compliance including customs compliance, supply chain security, export controls, economic sanctions, antiboycott and related US and global regulations. 

Jim helps his clients build or enhance their trade compliance programs through a practical approach to procedural enhancements, audits, and trainings that are properly benchmarked. Having worked across multiple industry sectors he is able to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to clients, balancing these multi-jurisdictional laws and regulations with the practical realities of implementing sustainable solutions into the day-to-day operations. 

Jim has extensive experience advising clients on compliance matters using his supply chain and security background to define and deploy risk-based solutions. His ability to balance the regulatory requirements and the operational needs across multi-jurisdictional experience gives client a unique perspective and solution-focused approach. 

Prior to FTI Consulting, Jim held various positions in large multinationals in various compliance positions in the telecoms, power management, aerospace and defence, and high-tech sectors. He served as the Regional Compliance Director with a telecommunications manufacturer where he led the workstreams in the EU and Russia under intense government scrutiny including multiple government-imposed monitors. 

Jim started his career in industry, spent six years in consulting, including leading the European export controls practice for a Big 4 firm, and then went back into industry, where he was responsible for defining and implementing compliance programs following legacy compliance breaches. 

Jim is a member of several trade associations within the United Kingdom and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He also participates regularly in seminars on panel sessions sharing his experience gained from over 20-year experience in the international trade arena. 

Jim holds a B.A. Hons in International Business Studies with French from the University of Northumbria, along with a Bachelor Européen de Commerce et de Gestion des Entreprises. Ecole Superièure de Commerce de La Rochelle, France. 

Ms. Erika Trujillo, Manager Global Trade Advisory, Deloitte

Erika is a New York qualified lawyer specialized in matters of trade compliance with a focus on global export controls and sanctions covering both EU and U.S. jurisdictions. Her particular specialty is assessing risk exposure and extraterritorial impacts of US Foreign Trade Law on European Companies. Prior to joining Deloitte, Erika was accountable for EMEA Trade Controls at a global automotive supplier covering more than 80 locations in 21 countries. Erika also has extensive experience consulting on international trade policy, including Brexit.

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

  1. 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.

Ms. Geanina Saponara Pirogan, Local Division Trade Compliance Officer, ABB

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. 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.

♦ Ms. Aleksandra Salamandra, Head of Export Control, Volvo Cars

Mr. André Hermsen, Senior Director, Compliance & Export Control, ASML

♦ Mr. Tamas Nietsch, Senior Manager, EMEA Trade Compliance, Flextronics

Should you wish to join our esteemed speaker panel at this event, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and includes the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to the field.

♦ Annual update on ITAR and EAR developments and the future of the US Trade Controls under the Biden administration – Back to the future?

♦ CFIUS and M&As – how it currently affects European companies?

♦ Update on sanctions.

♦ The rising trade control regime in China – ins and outs.

♦ China’s new ‘Blocking Statutes’: impact on foreign companies complying with ITAR/EAR.

♦ All-round compliance – how European companies with global reach can ensure they are compliant with US, EU and national laws.

♦ Panel Discussion: Impact of Brexit on multi-lateral export control policy.

♦ Automating compliance with US export controls.

♦ CMMC – where are we now?

♦ US crackdown on exports and re-exports to China: deep dive into EAR changes in the last 12 months.

♦ New regulations on Military End Users in China, Russia and Venezuela.

♦ Update on emerging and foundational technologies.

♦ In-Depth Screening and policing your supply chain in light of increased cyber security concerns.

♦ 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.

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Conference Venue:

 Le Méridien München 

Bayerstrasse 41 

80335 München 

Conference Accommodation:

 Le Méridien München 

Bayerstrasse 41 

80335 München 



Standard room:

08.06.20 – 10.06.2020  189,00 euro

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