Peter Lichtenbaum is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s International Trade and Finance group. His practice focuses on the regulation of international business and trade. He is Chair of the Washington Export Council, and General Counsel of the American League for Exports and Security Assistance. Before joining Covington, he served as Vice President, Regulatory Compliance & International Policy, BAE Systems, Inc., where his responsibilities included compliance and policy matters relating to defense trade controls, national security reviews of foreign investments, and other international issues. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, and also served as Acting Under Secretary for Industry and Security and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade. At the Commerce Department, he administered the U.S. dual-use export control system, participated in policy reviews of foreign investments in the United States, and managed programs relating to the U.S. defense industrial base. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.