Dennis Farrell Senior Trade Advisor

Dennis Farrell

Senior Trade Advisor


Dennis brings over 30 years of operational, management and consulting experience in Global Trade Compliance and Supply Chain Management to BCG clients. He has held Trade Compliance and operational positions at many high technology and consulting companies, including Vastera/JPMorgan Export Consulting, Agilent Technologies and Compaq Computers/Digital Equipment Corporation. Dennis is also an experienced export practitioner and has a broad working knowledge of the US EAR, ITAR and OFAC regulations as well as the export regulations of many non-US countries.

Dennis was the Director of Global Trade Compliance for Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a US-based $5 Billion semiconductor company, for over 10 years. In this role, he was responsible for legal/regulatory compliance for all of ADI’s export and import transactions on a global basis — including physical product shipments, transfers of technology across international borders, deemed exports and intangible exports, such as electronic postings of software products and/or technical data on public and internal ADI web sites.

His areas of expertise include:

» Export Controls Assessments
» Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence
» Mergers & Acquisitions Integration
» Export Licensing & Supply Chain Strategies » Export Controls Program Design & Implementation
» U.S. Export License Applications
» Export Compliance Training
» Government Relations Issues Related toExport Controls

Dennis is a member of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC), which is one of many advisory committees operated by the US Bureau of Industry and Security, a federal agency who is responsible for administering US export policy under the US EAR. He is also an active member of the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA), a former member of the Semiconductor Industry Assn. (SIA) Export Compliance Committee and he is on the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Export Center’s “Compliance Alliance.” Dennis has been a speaker at a number of trade compliance conferences in the USA and internationally over the past 10-15 years.

Dennis’ accomplishments include:

  • Over a three-year period, Dennis developed and implemented a corporate-wide export compliance internal controls program for a high-tech company which grew from $3 to $5B. Ensured compliance with Export and Import laws of all countries the company was doing business in. Enabled company to eliminate or minimize compliance risk — avoided serious financial penalties and/or revocation of export privileges.
  • Avoided a potential $8M expense about to be levied on a U.S. based, multinational semiconductor company by a U.S. law enforcement agency. He collaborated with external legal counsel in successfully challenging the export enforcement division of the U.S. State Department.
  • Implemented a corporate-wide export training program by working with an external service provider to deliver export controls training to the entire company employee population of over 15,000 people via a web-based training tool.