SMi Group is delighted to announce its 13th annual Defence Exports conference convening on the 19th and 20th September 2018, in Rome, Italy.

SMi’s Defence Exports conference will return as the leading event for industry professionals and government officials around the world dealing with defense trade compliance. A truly global event, delegates will hear from government speakers and senior international trade compliance professionals from around the world on regulation controls including ITAR, EAR, ECR, Dual-Use and the Wassenaar Arrangement.

As well as sharing best practices for how leading organisations manage their global trade programmes, this year’s event will deal with the emerging issues and challenges facing the defence trade in 2018. After a year in office, the US Presidential administration is yet to make its intentions in regards to trade reform clear and, with the Brexit deadline of March 2019 drawing closer, significant development to trade control on both sides of the Atlantic is expected. In addition, with a growing number of high profile cyber-attacks hitting industries across the globe in 2017, there is an urgent need to implement risk management strategies to adapt to the reliance on cloud-computing and cloud-services.

This industry-leading conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to meet, network and learn from leading lawyers, consultants, industry professionals and government officials from around the world.

  • Hear practical guidance on how to comply with ITAR and EAR controls from within and outside the US
  • Network with heads of international trade compliance and heads of export controls from Europe, North America, and the rest of the world
  • With rapid technological advances evident throughout the defence industry, learn about the latest regulations and controls chasing this innovation
  • Learn how leading representatives at the forefront of defence trade are combating the threat of cyber intrusion and export control violations
  • Discuss how the political landscape will affect defence trade globally in 2018 and beyond
  • Trade Compliance Managers
  • Heads of International Trade Compliance
  • Head of Export Controls
  • Head of Dual-Use Controls
  • Head of Trade Controls

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Gary Stanley

Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

9:00 Host Nation Opening Address: Modifications to Italian Export and Import Controls in 2017-18

Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello

Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello, Director National Authority for Armament Licensing and Controls, Italian Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

9:30 Update of State Department/DDTC Activities

Mr Anthony Dearth

Mr Anthony Dearth, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of State

10:00 Keynote Address: U.S. Export Control Perspectives from the Department of Commerce

Matthew Borman

Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, US Department of Commerce

  • The ongoing work on export control reform for defence trade
  • Continuing to streamline the system
  • BIS activities
  • 10:30 Updates for the Wassenaar Arrangement

    Ambassador Philip Griffiths

    Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement

    • Developments to the continued promotion of transparency and greater responsibility in defence trade
    • Work to ensure the prevention of undesirable exports
    • Refining and encouraging more user-friendly control lists
    • Responding to international security developments, advances in technology and key market trends

    11:00 Intersection of US Export Controls, Foreign Investment and National Security

    Nancy Fischer

    Nancy Fischer, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

    • US Legislation on Export Controls and Foreign Investment
    • Dealing with emerging technologies and potential unilateral controls
    • National security controls – old laws being used in new ways

    11:30 Morning Coffee and Networking

    12:00 US Export Changes in 2018 and Beyond

    • Current areas of focus for DDTC and BIS
    • Impact of the New Presidential Administration
    • Possibility of transferring licensing of gun exports from the State to Commerce department and implications
    • Ongoing ECR efforts and munition list categorization

    Matthew Borman

    Matthew Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, US Department of Commerce

    Tracy Minnifield

    Tracy Minnifield, Deputy Director, Licensing Directorate, Defense Technology Security Administration

    Mr Anthony Dearth

    Mr Anthony Dearth, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of State

    Moderated By: Edward Peartree

    Moderated By: Edward Peartree, Group Deputy Head Export Controls, BAE Systems

    12:45 Session Reserved for Deloitte

    13:15 Networking Lunch

    14:15 Multinational Procurement: Navigating US Regulations

    Carmen Fellows

    Carmen Fellows, Senior Director, Global Trade Compliance, DRS Technologies, Inc.

  • Current procurement challenges
  • Understanding supplier requirements vs requirements under US trade laws
  • Best practices dealing with US suppliers
  • 14:45 GOVERNMENT PANEL DISCUSSION: Similarities and Differences in European Export Control Systems

    • Main alignments in regulations with European export controls
    • The critical differences between the regulations of the member states and how this can prove difficult for intra-community transfers
    • Proposed changes and amendments to regulations in the member states and how this will ensure a more fluid EU systems
    • Post shipment verification challenges
    • Key trends and best practices to simplify compliance

    Holger Beutel

    Holger Beutel, Deputy Director-General, BAFA: Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

    Erno Palla Sagues

    Erno Palla Sagues, Technical Advisor, Subdirectorate General of International Trade in Defense Material and Dual Use, Spanish Secretary of State for Commerce

    Colonel Matthieu Fossat

    Colonel Matthieu Fossat, Deputy Director, Military Equipment Export Control, French MOD

    15:15 Guidance on Trade Compliance and Export Control Laws

    David Di Veroli

    David Di Veroli, Contract and Trade Compliance Head, Nexter Simmel Difesa




  • Contract management and document control: current systems in place
  • 15:45 The UK MoD – How we Approach Export Controls and the ASSC Service

    • A review of the UK MOD’s obligation to be compliant with Foreign Nation Export Control Regimes;
    • UK MOD ASSC Policy- Pan Defence Authority Application;
    • The UK “Team Defence” approach;
    • The ASSC Service – How we exploit Information to Ensure / Assure control

    Mark Jones

    Mark Jones, Waterguard Programme ASSC Compliance Lead, UK Ministry of Defence

    Nat Bassi

    Nat Bassi, Senior Project Manager ASSC Compliance, UK MOD

    16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 Future Technology Transfer Challenges for Today’s Export Control Practitioners

    Warren Bayliss

    Warren Bayliss, Head of Export Controls Defence, Rolls Royce Plc

    New IT developments present opportunities and threats for compliance;
    • Cloud Computing – Great idea of fraught with danger?
    • User id & access controls – Keeping control of who has access to military controlled technology is an increasing challenge;
    • The risks and challenges of offloading and outsourcing; and
    • Pace and Simplicity – Getting the biggest bang for your buck

    17:15 Cyber Risk Management at Fokker GKN

    Andre  Hermsen

    Andre Hermsen, Chief Compliance & Risk Officer, Fokker Technologies

    • Experience in cyber risk management and the importance to export compliance
    • Coordination between IT and Compliance divisions for effective compliance
    • Keeping up with DFAR regulatory change

    17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Gary Stanley

    Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

    9:00 Host Nation Opening Address: Export Control and Import/Export: Leonardo's Experience in Trade Compliance

    Pierfilippo Rossetti

    Pierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, Leonardo

  • The Leonardo Trade Compliance Programme
  • Sensitive countries for Leonardo Company
  • Trade Compliance as an integrated internal control system
  • 9:30 BREXIT: An Opportunity for Trade Control Policy in the UK

    Chris Chew

    Chris Chew, Head of Policy, Export Control Joint Unit, UK Department for International Trade

    • Working to continue robust control enforcement whilst minimising additional burdens on business
    • Ensuring the UK remains compliant with relevant international obligations
    • Sanctions Bill: ensuring the UK has necessary legal powers to implement sanctions post-Brexit

    10:00 Crucial Updates and Developments to Export Controls in Canada

    Wendy Gilmour

    Wendy Gilmour, Director General , Department of Foreign Affairs Canada

  • Export permit assessments- changing requirements
  • Amendments to brokering controls
  • A partner with US national technology and industrial base
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Risk Associated to Changes of Policy with Regards to Certain End Users

    Rosa Rosanelli

    Rosa Rosanelli, Chief Export Compliance Officer, AIM Norway, Belgium Engine Center

    • Geo-political impact on defence trade
    • Case study: Saudi Arabia
    • Ensuring a uniform implementation to the EU Common Position for a real level-playing field

    12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Preparing for BREXT: Industry Preparations for 2019

    • Seeking alignments in export control regulations with Europe and the US
    • Parallels and differences in preparations for UK withdrawal from the EU
    • Key trends and best practices to simplify compliance

    Laurence Carey

    Laurence Carey, Senior Manager International Trade Compliance, EMEA, United Technologies Corporation

    Warren Bayliss

    Warren Bayliss, Head of Export Controls Defence, Rolls Royce Plc

    Gary Stanley

    Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

    12:45 "What's in Your Toolbox" - A Trade Professional's Toolbox and the Best Way to Utilise It

    Bill Wade

    Bill Wade, Vice President, Global Trade Compliance, L3 Technologies

  • What's in your toolbox as a Trade Practitioner?
  • Your company's product
  • Country regulations
  • Company Policy
  • Stakeholer input
  • Government input
  • IT/System Tools
  • Training
  • Your experience
  • Use the tools in your toolbox to
  • Understand
  • Study
  • Improve
  • 13:15 Networking Lunch

    14:15 Panel Discussion: Roundtable Discussion: Defence Export Compliance Across the Baltic Region




  • How trade controls fit into European and Global regulations and unique considerations for the Baltic within them
  • Doing business in the Baltic – key considerations and approaches
  • Projections for export licensing for 2018 and 2019
  • Strengthening controls against non-democratic countries – latest developments
  • Gary Stanley

    Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services

    Jan Pawelec

    Jan Pawelec, Director, Department for Trade in Sensitive Goods and Technical Safety, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

    Christer Ahlström

    Christer Ahlström, Director-General, Inspectorate of Strategic Products

    Renars Danelsons

    Renars Danelsons, Head of Strategic Goods and Export Controls, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    14:45 How to Do Business With the US

    Matt Bell

    Matt Bell, Chief Compliance Officer & Legal Counsel ZTE USA, ZTE


  • Managing US enforcement agencies – key approaches
  • Lessons learned from recent experiences
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 FMS, Export Control Reform, and the Supply Chain

    Major (Res.) Martijn Antzoulatos-Borgstein MSc LLM

    Major (Res.) Martijn Antzoulatos-Borgstein MSc LLM, Manager Import and Export Compliance EMEA Region, EMEA Materials and Logistics , Rockwell Automation

    • FMS: What – Why – How?
    • ECR in relation to FMS
    • Effects in the Supply Chain
    • Closure

    16:15 Next-Generation Technology: Chasing Innovation to Ensure Regulation Compliance

    Martin Lensky

    Martin Lensky, Export Compliance Director, Honeywell

    • Understanding innovation: How regulators can catch up to changing technology
    • Cyber controls: how will we regulate software?
    • Implications industry and government

    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


    Sponsors and Exhibitors




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    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary


    Speaker interview with Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement


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    Past attendees list 2017


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    OCR Services, Inc

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Headquartered in the Metropolitan Washington DC area, OCR is the first choice for global trade information solutions. OCR as a trusted resource widely recognized as an expert for automating international trade compliance processes. OCR's software is modular, enterprise strength and Web based that facilitate international trade, reduce the risk inherent in cross-border transactions, and keep clients informed of the ever-changing regulatory environment. The products and services offered by OCR are as follows: • Web-based Trade Compliance Management Portal • Restricted Party Screening Solutions – fully integrated with any ERP • Technical Data Management • Licensing – DOC, OFAC & ITAR (DTRADE)- US Department of State Licensing • Global License/Permit Management System • Global Export License Screening for US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Germany, Australia, all EU Countries (Determination - ECCN/USML/NRC) • Visitor Management integrated with Biometrics • Automated Global Export Documentation & Customs submissions/Reporting • Commodity Classification/Jurisdiction • Incident Tracking (Voluntary Disclosure Management) • Compliance Portal for Agreements, Export, Imports & Travel Requests • Complete Import Operations Management • Duty Drawback, Landed Cost Calculation, FTA, FTZ The solutions are available in both, web-hosted environment – requiring minimal investment, or as an installed enterprise strength version that seamlessly integrates with any leading ERP system. Visit OCR Booth for more details or to set up an online demo to see the capability and distinct features of our solutions.


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    Pillsbury, a dynamic full-service law firm has offices located across the globe to service our clients. Pillsbury’s international trade practice advises clients on a wide range of topics including export controls, foreign investment and industrial security regulations, anticorruption laws, customs matters, economic embargoes, international arbitration and anti-dumping and subsidy disputes.

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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