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Aman Kakar

Aman distills complex regulations into practical advice for US and non-US clients on a range of international trade and foreign investment and acquisition matters.
Aman Kakar, Associate, Washington, DC at Arent Fox LLP

Aman has experience in a wide range of international trade issues, especially as it relates to national security, technology, and foreign policy. He has experience in numerous industries, including aerospace and defense, telecommunications, electronics and information technology, chemicals, and industrial manufacturing.

Aman regularly advises clients with respect to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions and embargoes, and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews.

Client Work

Aman helps US and non-US companies of all sizes understand and comply with the complicated US laws and regulations governing exports and re-exports of goods, software, services, and technology. He frequently assists clients with license applications, commodity classifications, compliance program design and implementation, audits, and voluntary disclosures to various government agencies, including the Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and OFAC.

Aman provides strategic counsel to investors, acquirers, and target companies of various sizes – from small start-ups to large multinational corporations – on compliance with export control regulations and CFIUS reviews. Aman provides the full-range of CFIUS-related services, including advising on the regulatory implications of various transactions and minimizing CFIUS implications, preparing CFIUS filings, successfully navigating the CFIUS review process to obtain clearance, assisting with substantive follow-up inquiries from CFIUS and, engaging the CFIUS member agencies.

Aman also has deep experience representing sovereign and corporate clients in a variety of anti-dumping and countervailing duty issues, including major investigations and reviews before the Department of Commerce (DOC) and investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Because these matters often result in appeals to national courts and bi-lateral and multi-lateral tribunals, he has appeared before the Court of International Trade, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and NAFTA, and other dispute resolution panels.

Previous Work

Before joining ArentFox Schiff, Aman was a staff attorney at the US DOC in the Office of Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance. He advised International Trade Administration officials on statutory and regulatory requirements, judicial precedent, and agency practice during the course of antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings and regulatory rulemaking processes. Additionally, he ensured defensibility of administrative determinations under US law and international agreements.


Aman's recent speaking engagements include:

  • "Are you ready for your ICTS Transaction to be reviewed?", American Bar Association, International Law Section Annual Conference, April 29, 2022

Professional Organizations

  • Vice-Chair (Programs) – ABA International Law Section, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee 
  • Vice-Chair – CITBA, Export Control Subcommittee

Life Beyond the Law

In his spare time, Aman enjoys cooking, traveling, the great outdoors, watching soccer (COYG!), and trying different kinds of mezcal.