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Fischer & Associates specializes in assisting research institutions and corporations in developing effective export control programs. With offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Shanghai, PRC and Dublin, Ireland we provide you with the global expertise you require.

Donald Fischer

(415) 987-4039
Fischer & Associates
130 Battery Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111

For universities and research institutions, Mr. Fischer supports compliance through risk-assessments; development and implementation of control processes; classification and licensing support; evaluation of sponsored agreements, flow down restrictions, NDAs and MOUs for international collaborations; technology control plans and investigative disclosures. His team advises Principal Investigators (PIs) on research conducted abroad and export requirements associated with using and sharing research tools abroad. Mr. Fischer advises university leadership on ways to implement cost effective oversight and proactive compliance among PIs and research administrations. Fischer & Associates also helps institutions develop and update their export compliance web sites. The Fischer team trains universities on all aspects of export control and remains available for support through the firm’s Help Desk.

Mr. Fischer’s corporate export control practice focuses on inventory and process risk assessments, development of comprehensive compliance procedures, and targeted compliance within Consent Decrees and Directed Audits and framework. Technical solutions address classification, licensing, exemptions, deemed exports, commodity jurisdictions, managing control documentation, technology control programs, leveraging IT solutions for data identification and segregation under ITAR, sourcing models, shipping and receiving, acquisition due diligence, end use verification, re-export, and off-shore compliance with U.S. regulations.

Mr. Fischer is Of Counsel to Neville Peterson LLP, a New York and Washington, D.C.-based law firm, providing supporting legal counsel to that firm on international trade matters. Mr. Fischer holds a J.D. and LL.M from the University Of Miami School Of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, and has served as a lecturer for the American Conference Institute on export regulations, C5 and SMI based in Europe, the National Conference of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and San Francisco State University.

Prior to founding Fischer & Associates, Mr. Fischer served as the Managing Director of Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Worldtrade Management Services practice, and global Export Controls Leader. Mr. Fischer has served as an Associate Attorney with Horton, Whiteley & Cooper and as a Director of International Trade at Deloitte & Touche. He is the author of many articles on export control compliance, Customs valuation, and multinational trade planning for the Journal of Commerce.

Leah Rothman

Fischer & Associates
130 Battery Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Ms. Rothman has been an Associate with Fischer & Associates since 2009. Specializing in EAR classification and ITAR jurisdiction determinations for corporate and university/research clients, Ms. Rothman analyzes hardware, software and technical data to ascertain controls; prepares CCATS applications to BIS and assists in the development of ITAR Commodity Jurisdiction requests. Her specialized knowledge of controlled biomedical research equipment, controlled biological materials and select agents, and related technology is a valuable resource for biotech companies and biomedical research institutions which are either exporting commodities or needing to provide access to foreign nationals for whom these items might be controlled. Ms. Rothman coordinates the Fischer & Associates Help Desk Service and works closely with clients to ensure the timely disposition of all Help Desk requests.

Kira Hallemeier

Fischer & Associates
130 Battery Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kira Rados Hallemeier has been an Associate with Fischer & Associates since 2010. She specializes in transactional risk assessments, deemed export reviews, license determinations, and export screening and classification. She has also worked extensively with clients on their technology transfer processes and technology control plans as related to merger and acquisitions, offshoring activity, and university research laboratories. Prior to joining Fischer & Associates, Ms. Hallemeier worked in the Export Control Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC where she conducted corporate EAR/ITAR transactional assessments and assisted clients with export control process assessments and improvements. Ms. Hallemeier also worked for a Fortune 500 software company administering export compliance and earned her Masters degree in International Trade Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Carol Lynch, B.A., M. Phil.


Crannagh & Co. International Trade and Business Services, Ltd.
Crannagh House, Creeny, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland
+353 49 952 2789

Carol is the Managing Director of Crannagh & Co, a boutique firm specialising in customs and trade advice for International Companies importing into and exporting out of Europe. It was established in 2006 and has built a reputation as one of the foremost independent Customs Advisory Companies in Europe, advising many well known US and European Global Companies.

Carol has over twenty years’ experience working with International Companies in the area of Customs, Excise and International Trade.

Prior to establishing Crannagh & Co. Carol worked as a Director of KPMG’s Trade and Customs.

She has extensive experience in all aspects of EU Customs Legislation and EU Export Controls Legislation and primarily works with Global and International Companies in this regard.

In terms of Export Controls Carol has particular expertise in:

  • Export Classifications
  • Development of Compliance Programmes
  • Securing License Authorisations and Exemptions
  • Software and cryptography controls
  • Controls for Aviation Parts

Carol also works with companies to provide Export Training and ongoing consulting assistance in relation to new developments in EU Sanctions and Embargoes.

Carol is currently a member of the Institute of Tax and also sits on the Revenue’s Customs Consultative Committee on behalf of the Chambers of Commerce.

Crannagh & Co.was also invited to be a member of the Trusted Trade Alliance in 2012

Carol holds an honours B.A. from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters from Cambridge University. She also holds a number of Diplomas and Certificates from various recognised training bodies in Ireland.

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