Jonathan Wakely

Jonathan Wakely

Jonathan Wakely advises clients on a range of significant international trade, national security, and public policy matters.  Mr. Wakely joined the firm after serving as a political analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he provided strategic analysis to the President and other senior policymakers.

Drawing on his government experience, Mr. Wakely represents clients worldwide seeking national security approval for foreign investments before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and clients seeking to mitigate foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) under national industrial security regulations.  He has advised clients on some of the most sensitive and complex transactions, including in the energy and information technology sectors.

In the trade and public policy area, Mr. Wakely advises clients on trade and other international policy matters and in disputes involving the World Trade Organization, bilateral investment treaties, and free trade agreements.  A former CIA specialist in Africa and Central Asia, Mr. Wakely helps clients assess and mitigate political and legal risk and solve market access and other problems surrounding investments in the developing world.  He has also represented private companies and sovereign states before Congress and the executive branch, including by designing and executing government relations campaigns to achieve policy, regulatory, and legislative goals.

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Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance

By any measure Ethiopia is experiencing impressive economic growth.  According to IMF data, GDP grew 8.7 percent in 2012, the country’s weakest year since 2009.  In 2010, GDP grew a blistering 12.6 percent, higher than all but a handful of countries worldwide.  Going forward, the IMF estimates Ethiopia’s economy will grow at 8.0 to 8.5 … Continue Reading

Electrify Africa Act Affirms Broad U.S. Support for Investment in Power Sector

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Electrify Africa Act of 2014, confirming the existence of a broad, bi-partisan consensus in favor of supporting U.S. direct investment in Africa’s energy sector.  The bill, which now heads to the Senate, seeks to establish a “comprehensive United States Government policy to encourage the efforts of … Continue Reading

Senate Resolution Addresses Growing Security Risk in Gulf of Guinea

Earlier this year, the Senate passed a resolution endorsing and supporting efforts by the Obama Administration to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.  The resolution could not be more timely, as pirate attacks off the coast of West Africa have increased in the first first months of 2014, prompting the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime … Continue Reading