Kevin Wolf Joins Akin Gump

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2017

Kevin J. Wolf, a former senior U.S. Department of Commerce official who served for the past seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, has joined Akin Gump as a partner in its international trade practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced today. He is accompanied by Steve Emme, who served for five years as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary Wolf.

In his role as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Wolf was the senior official overseeing the regulation of export controls and the intersection of technology and national security issues. He brings to Akin Gump substantial experience—gained during his tenure in public service as well as nearly two decades spent in private practice—in the laws, regulations, policies and international arrangements surrounding U.S. export controls.

Working closely with his colleagues at the Departments of Defense and State and the National Security Council, Mr. Wolf was a central strategist, negotiator and implementer of the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative, the unique and unprecedented effort to overhaul the U.S. government’s export control system. He also served as the primary Commerce Department senior official responsible for working with the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Mr. Wolf is the latest top-tier practitioner to join Akin Gump’s global international trade practice, which also saw the recent arrival of EU trade partner Jasper Helder to the firm’s London office.

“Building on Jasper Helder’s arrival to our London office last November, Kevin represents another tremendous addition to our market-leading international trade team,” stated Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “A great many of our clients are affected by U.S. export controls and sanctions rules, and it’s hard to overstate the benefit of having someone of the caliber of Kevin, who wrote the book on U.S. export control regulations, available to advise them. His arrival to our trade team further cements our ability to provide services to clients around the world, and I’m delighted to welcome him to Akin Gump.”

Added Akin Gump international trade head Tom McCarthy, “What Kevin achieved in the field of export controls while serving as Assistant Secretary is truly remarkable: He took an area of law greatly in need of reform and led its transformation into the dynamic regime that exists today. He also brings a truly global outlook, having cultivated substantial experience working with businesses and organizations with operations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The opportunity to welcome someone with that track record and depth of knowledge to our team was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I couldn’t be more excited that he is joining us.”