Akin Gump bring in Kevin Wolf as partner

News | 25 January 2017


US law firm Akin Gump have brought in Kevin Wolf as a partner in their international trade practice.

Wolf has spent the last seven years with the US Department of Commerce, where he was assistant secretary of commerce for export administration – he oversaw the regulation of export controls and the intersection of technology and national security issues.

The latest appointment in a career that spans almost 30 years will have Wolf advising clients on international trade regulatory frameworks, as well as the US’s extensive export guidelines and procedures.

“Kevin represents another tremendous addition to our market-leading international trade team,” said Kim Koopersmith, Akin Gump’s chairperson.

“A great many of our clients are affected by US export controls and sanctions rules, and it’s hard to overstate the benefit of having someone of the calibre of Kevin, who wrote the book on US export control regulations, available to advise them.”

During his time with the Department of Commerce, Wolf also worked with the Departments of Defence and State and the National Security Council as negotiator and implementer of the Obama administration’s export control reform (ECR) initiative, which was a wholesale attempt to overhaul the US government’s export control system.

“Following my seven years in public service, Akin Gump represents an ideal fit for my return to private practice,” said Wolf of his appointment.  

“I am thrilled to join such a top-tier team and look forward to putting my skills and background to work on behalf of Akin Gump’s clients.”

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