Strategic Trade Alliance

STA assists you in identifying and minimizing your export risks and streamlining your internal compliance program. Our goal is to make your organization self-sufficient in international trade compliance.


Our combined experience and knowledge gained over more than 30 years of serving as government regulators and civilian and military compliance officers generates a strategic advantage for our clients. We work with industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies around the globe. Our senior executives are experts on a wide range of U.S. and European trade laws and regulations, including military and dual-use export controls, sanctions and embargoes, customs, anti-corruption, and anti-bribery.  We assist our clients in identifying and minimizing export risks and streamlining their compliance programs into strategic and financial advantage.

To assist our clients in ensuring compliance and remaining up-to-date with applicable trade laws and regulations, we provide a wide range of compliance services and solutions.  Our core solutions include compliance auditing, risk assessment & risk mitigation, Internal Compliance Program (ICP) development and implementation, classification & licensing services, non-compliance investigations & remediation, trade law annotation, newsletter services, and both in-person and web-based training.

Why Becoming a member of the Alliance is Key


STA assists you in identifying and mitigating compliance risks, enhancing your compliance efforts, and translating regulatory requirements into robust and effective internal control mechanisms, thereby embedding compliance into your organization and creating a competitive edge in the market. 

Risk Assessment

STA developed the Risk Assessment Tool© (“RAT©”). The RAT© is an online tool for measuring your company’s performance on Export Control. 

The RAT© helps you determine your organization’s current performance on Export Controls. This service is offered as a cost-efficient and standardized solution to your export control compliance needs.


Our well-known ‘Trade Compliance Academy’ instructors offer a wide variety of high-impact multi-level training programs to keep you up-to-date with the latest regulatory requirements and industry’s best practices. 

Our Practice Area

U.S. and EU Military & Dual-Use Export Controls

Primary U.S. and EU Export Control Laws & Regulations:

  • U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • U.S. Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)
  • EU Dual-Use Export Controls (Council Regulation (EC) No. 2021/821)
  • EU Military Export Controls (Common Position 2008/944/CFSP and the EU Common Military List)
  • Dutch Export Control Laws & Regulations
  • German Export Control Laws & Regulations
  • UK Export Control Laws & Regulations

Primary U.S. and EU Sanctions Regulations:

  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions Regulations
  • Restrictive Measures of the European Union (EU Sanctions) 
  • U.S. Customs Regulations
  • EU Customs Regulations
  • Design, implementation, and enhancement of Internal Compliance Programs
  • Audits, risk assessments, and gap analysis 
Please contact us to find out how we can help you protect your technology and determine automated compliance solutions.

Our mission

Our mission is to assist our clients in becoming self-sufficient in international trade compliance.

We believe compliance is about more than just meeting regulatory requirements. In today’s globalized and often highly regulated business environment, a robust and effective compliance program is both a quality statement and a license to operate: it creates trust towards business partners and regulating government agencies, enhances confidence among employees, and it keeps your organization in business. Our services and solutions focus on capacity building, enabling our clients to enhance their compliance efforts and utilize compliance as a business enabler, thereby creating a competitive advantage over their competitors.

Our values

We are committed to integrity, excellence, transparency, and accountability in all of our work.

Our Approach

Strategic Trade Alliance has developed an Internal Compliance Program (ICP) framework that helps you audit, benchmark, and mitigate risks related to your business operations.  We can transform trade compliance issues into a distinct commercial advantage over your competitors.  We train, educate, and support all professionals involved, and help them utilizing compliance as a business enabler, while minimizing the risk of non-compliance situations that could disrupt business operations and limit their access to important technologies and export markets.

The advantage of the Strategic Trade Alliance ICP framework is that it incorporates all the essential elements of official guidelines written by primary U.S. and European government agencies and models designed by advisory committees (including COBIT, COSO, Nunn-Wolfowitz).  An ICP is never a one-size-fits solution.  We are pleased to help you tailor it to your needs and ambitions, industry and business operations, in a way that it covers applicable regulatory requirements and mitigates your risks.  Our framework is explained in more detail in our White Paper.

Meet the team

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Michael E. Farrell

Partner STA
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David Greenlees

Partner STA

Would you like to work with us?

We would love to meet, hear your story and help you where possible.