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Recent Developments in U.S., EU and German Export Control

Promoting Global Trade in Challenging Times

January 17, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Industrie Club, Elberfelder Str. 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany

Presented by the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Consulate in Dusseldorf

For additional information contact: ken.walsh@trade.gov

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Germany and the U.S. export finished goods as well as components throughout the world. With security issues a top priority of the European Union, Germany, the U.S., and its key trading partners, it is essential to conduct comprehensive due diligence with respect to export sanctions and export controls to operate a successful global business. In Germany, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) is the competent authority for the compliance with European and German export control laws. In the U.S., the Bureau of Industry and Security within the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for administrating the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The EAR has broad jurisdiction over dual-use and less sensitive military items and controls the export and re-export of U.S. products and technologies.

This seminar will provide you with important updates on the U.S. export control regulations from a senior member of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Washington, D. C. staff. You will receive an overview of U.S. Export Controls, learn about the key issues for re-exporters, understand updates to the Export Administration Regulations, gain insight on emerging issues like cloud computing, and get caught-up on recent updates to export controls.

In addition to the insights from the Bureau of Industry and Security, the law offices of Jones Day will offer their global expertise to provide an overview of the main German and European export controls regulations and sanctions regimes that apply in parallel to those applicable under U.S. law. They will also elaborate on the interaction and main differences between the different regimes.

Schedule

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Greeting

IHK Representative

Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Consulate

8:45 a.m. U.S. Export Controls Review and Update

Todd E. Willis, Director, Munitions Control Division, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security at Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

10:00 a.m. Q&A with Mr. Willis

10:15 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Coordination Between German, EU and U.S. Systems, Export Control Compliance Management and Handling of Incidents

Karin Holloch, Partner, Jones Day, Düsseldorf

Renato Antonini, Partner, Jones Day, Brussels

12:30 p.m. Conclusion

Event held in English.

Speakers:

Mr. Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer

Ken Walsh is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Diplomatic Corps and received his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and attestation by the President in April 2014.  He assumed his current duties as Commercial Consul and Principal Commercial Officer in Dusseldorf, Germany on July 17, 2015.  In this role, he is responsible for promoting U.S. commercial interests in Western Germany and encouraging investment by German firms in the U.S. market.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Walsh served as Commercial Attaché in Moscow from 2011 to 2014.  His portfolio of responsibilities included the vital Russian oil and gas and agricultural machinery sectors.  While in Russia, Mr. Walsh coordinated trade missions, executive visits, as well an industrial standards event in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.  He was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Franklin and Meritorious Honor Awards for his work to promote trade. He began his career with the U.S. Commercial Service in 2006 after 13 years as a trade association executive with several major national and international trade associations. 

Mr. Todd E. Willis, Director, Munitions Control Division, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security at Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Following his graduation from the National Defense University (NDU), Eisenhower School in 2016, Mr. Willis splits his time between being the Deputy Director at the Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2) and Senior Policy Advisor within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration. Both of these roles work hand-in-hand to develop and promote efficient export control policies as well as increasing interagency enforcement cooperation.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Willis was the first Division Director for the newly created Munitions Control Division at the Commerce Department and in the past 15 years Mr. Willis has held several senior level U.S. government positions to include Division Chief for the Dual-Use Licensing Division for the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) and Assistant Director of Enforcement Analysis within the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

Mr. Willis has a Master’s of Science degree in National Security from NDU, Eisenhower School. He also graduated cum laude with an MBA from California State University, Hayward and has a B.A. in Political Economics from the University of the Pacific.

Ms. Karin Holloch, Partner, Jones Day

A certified Compliance & Ethics Professional International® (CCB), Karin Holloch concentrates on preventive compliance programs, compliance management, and internal investigations for global clients in Europe, the United States, and Asia. She represents clients in export control and corruption investigations.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Ms. Holloch was the co-chair of the compliance initiative of an international law firm, as well as the head of international compliance for an industry-leading company in the retail sector where she set up and implemented global compliance management systems.

Ms. Holloch is chair of the Regional Chapter Rheinland of Transparency Germany (NGO) and an elected member of the Statutory Assembly of the German Federal Bar.

Mr. Renato Antonini, Partner, Jones Day

Mr Antonini has extensive experience in EU and Italian customs and export control laws. Renato’s practice also encompasses EU and WTO trade laws and competition law, particularly cartels, state aid, and abuse of dominance issues. Renato has an in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws and practice combined with a great understanding of clients' commercial interests.

Renato has represented include governments as well as large corporations in steel, chemical, energy, financial, and other industries. Renato has assisted several clients in many EU and BRIC trade defense investigations, such as antidumping, antisubsidy, and anticircumvention investigations, as well as a full range of other trade matters, and he has successfully defended clients' interests before governments and courts.

Renato is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and has been invited by governments to hold training courses on export controls and trade defense. He is also a member of the International Academy of Customs Law.

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