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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

We pride ourselves on being connected to the best and most Knowledgeable Expert speakers in your business sector. We believe in bringing you together with your peers in order to Learn, Engage, Share and Network with the very best. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris, Singapore and have welcomed over 200k participants from 80 countries to our events.

We are Experts in knowing Experts and have been bringing you this Expertise since 1993!

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12th Defence Exports Conference - 30/08/2017

6 Key Highlights for SMi's Defence Exports Conference

SMi's Defence Exports 2017 Conference to feature industry-driven presentations from BAE, Boeing, Leonardo, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce and more.

The ever-changing regulatory environment for the defence trade landscape continues to be increasingly complex. Thus, companies within the sector continue to improve their programmes to ensure adaptation and compliance. In line with this, SMi Group’s 12th annual Defence Exports Conference will highlight 6 key elements that surround the growing global arms trade.


With the conference moving to Rome for the first time ever, the event has secured the support of high-level host nation speakers from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, and Leonardo.


As US continues to dominate the global arms trade, the event will bring bring three key departments from the US government as they present valuable perspectives to the conference including the Department of Commerce, the Department of State and the Defence Technology Security Administration


As Europe continues to be a major player within the defence trade as a leading global exporter, the event will feature Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission speaking at the conference. At the same time, senior representation from the Top 5 European countries shaping up the international arms landscape will be showcasing case studies.


The conference will provide key presentations highlighting best practice for complying with export controls and regulations led by key industry accounts including BAE, Boeing, L3 Technologies, Leonardo, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce, AIM Norway, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and more!


One of the focuses of this year’s conference is to provide a platform to discuss how political implications will affect the defence trade globally in 2017 and beyond including Brexit and the new White House administration.


SMi has released a preliminary attendee list showcasing the high calibre of delegates who have signed up for the conference.

View the full roster of speakers and the complete list of presentations, including information on our four exclusive pre- and post-conference workshops on

Defence Exports 2017 will look at how regulation controls such as ITAR, EAR, ECR and Dual-Use are affecting European and Global compliance; crucial updates on the Wassenaar Arrangement, AAT; as well as exploring how to combat some of the challenges of the 21st century such as cloud, IT and electronic-data, export violation due to weak cyber security plans.

For those interested to attend, registration is now live on the event website

27-28 September 2017
Crowne Plaza Rome, St Peter’s, Rome, Italy

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