Kevin J. Wolf is a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s international trade practice and based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce. In this role, his primary responsibility was leading the administration of the export control and licensing functions of BIS. He was also a Commerce Department representative to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Working closely with his colleagues at the departments of Defense and State, and the National Security Council, Mr. Wolf was the primary strategist, negotiator and implementer of President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. The reform initiative was a massive, seven-year interagency effort to rewrite substantially the defense trade and most dual-use export controls to accomplish various national security and foreign policy objectives. Mr. Wolf’s active participation in the CFIUS decision-making process included reviewing over 1,000 CFIUS filings and being a key participant in the committee’s resolution of national security risks associated with the more complex cases.
Mr. Wolf’s experience and perspective enables him to provide innovative policy and regulatory solutions on export control, sanctions and foreign direct investment issues. He works with a range of companies and sectors, including aerospace and defense, high technology, energy and manufacturing. During his time as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Wolf was a prolific public speaker, giving more than 400 public speeches or presentations in the United States and abroad, and conducting more than 200 public conference calls to answer questions about export controls. He has continued as an active public speaker since leaving government, which has included testimony before three different congressional committees regarding efforts to update the export control and CFIUS laws. Mr. Wolf was named Export Control Practitioner of the Year in the 2017 WorldECR Awards. He has a three-minute, a 30-minute, a three-hour and a three-day version of every export control topic.