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

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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 Trump 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

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

Mr. Matt Bell, Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, Practice Leader Export Controls and Sanctions, FTI Consulting

Mr. Reid Whitten, Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Mr. Norbert Geisler, Director Corporate Export Control, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Jos Bakker, Head of Corporate Trade Compliance, NXP Semiconductors

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

Mr. Andreas, Giger, Head of Trade Compliance, KION GROUP AG 

And other specialists in the area of US trade controls 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 gstanley@glstrade.com.

Mr. André Hermsen, Group Risk and Compliance 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. Michael Moch, Senior Specialist, U.S. Export Control, MTU 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.

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. Jos Bakker, Head of Corporate Trade Compliance, NXP Semiconductors

Jos Bakker started his career more than 40 years ago at the Dutch Customs Administration. After having served in several different areas of customs work for 26 years, he decided to pursue his career outside the customs administration and joined the law firm Loyens & Loeff in Rotterdam (NL), were he further expanded his knowledge and experience in the consulting practice. Having seen these different worlds, he decided to join Philips as customs compliance manager. With the semiconductor spin off from Philips, he joined the new born NXP Semiconductors in Eindhoven (NL) where he skilled himself in export controls and currently oversees Trade Compliance within the company.

Jos also chairs the Board for International Trade from evofenedex, a Dutch Traders Association and represents NXP in the European Semiconductor Association in Brussels.

Mr. Norbert Geisler, Director, Corporate Export Control, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Mr. Edward Peartree, Group Deputy Head of Export Controls, Licensing and Policy, BAE Systems Plc

Mr. Andreas, Giger, Head of Trade Compliance, KION GROUP AG

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

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

♦ Update on ITAR and EAR developments.

♦ Technology controls and technology wars.

♦ Update on U.S. sanctions.

♦ China – U.S. tensions: the impact on trade compliance professionals.

♦ Department of Defense Cyber Security Maturity Model Certification Programme.

♦ Convergence of various compliance functions and departments.

♦ Transaction clearances for intangible transfers of technology and software.

♦ ITAR U.S. government exception – how can EU companies make it work for them.

♦ Case study on EAR De-Minimis and reclassification of items.

♦ How to handle and monitor end-user certificates in SAP.

♦ DDTC’s New DECCS Electronic Licensing.

♦ The role of EAR Part 736’s General Prohibitions in Export and Re-Export Licensing.

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

FTI Consulting is an independent global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations manage change, mitigate risk and resolve disputes: financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational and transactional. Individually, each practice is a leader in its specific field, staffed with experts recognized for the depth of their knowledge and a track record of making an impact. Collectively, FTI Consulting offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to assist clients across the business cycle – from proactive risk managementto the ability to respond rapidly to unexpected events and dynamic environments.

Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw Global 100 firm with 880 attorneys in 11 U.S. offices located in California, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington, D.C., as well as four international offices in Shanghai, Seoul, London and Brussels. The development and expansion of our practice in response to client needs remains the core focus of our leadership. Our attorneys are problem solvers, not just legal practitioners, and are committed to providing clients with a consistent, exceptional client experience.

Should you wish to become our Partner at this event, please contact Mr. Alex Terry on alex.terry@nielsonsmith.com

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. Please note: “Vendor” companies may attend as sponsors only.

We understand any trepidation you may experience booking an event with us as the COVID-19 situation takes its course. Therefore we would just like to state that should we need to reschedule an event then your booking is safe and we will ensure your place at the future event. Should you not be able to make the rescheduled date then we will give a full refund of your booking fee. We are closely monitoring the situation and have our clients health & safety as a priority at all our events, but are also aware that life goes on amid the media hype.

Conference Venue:

Le Méridien Munich

Bayerstrasse 41

80335 Munich 


Conference Accommodation:

Le Méridien Munich

Bayerstrasse 41

80335 Munich



Standard room € 345.00 – single occupancy

Reservation procedure: A block of rooms will be held for the Conference’s guests until 4 weeks prior to arrival and can

be booked by contacting our 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. All rooms not booked by the above mentioned date will be automatically released

for Hotel sale.

The rooms are available under specification of the booking code “Nielsonsmith” and will be paid by the guests individually. All rooms have to be confirmed with a credit card or deposit payment from the guest.  The hotel will keep the contingent reserved until 4 weeks before arrival.

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