PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - The lobbying law firm of Williams & Jensen announced the hiring of Democrats Shane Doucet and Andrew Jones to strengthen its robust practice groups in healthcare, energy and telecommunications. 

Doucet comes to Williams & Jensen with over 17 years of experience working in Washington.  He most recently served as a partner in Locke Lord Strategies where he assisted clients in healthcare, energy, law enforcement, public pension and public affairs.  Doucet also lobbied for the National Federation of Independent Business after serving on the staff of Rep. Chris John (D-LA), a former member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  He also currently serves in the DC Air National Guard.

Jones joins Williams & Jensen after serving as Legislative Director and Counsel to Democratic Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), also a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).  Before that, Jones served as Counsel to current Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX).  Over the course of his tenure on the Hill, Jones worked closely with Hispanic Caucus Members and managed a diverse portfolio of issues including telecommunications, health, energy, and financial services while also managing the Congressman’s Legislative team. 

“Shane and Andy bring a great deal of experience and policy background that will serve our clients well,” said Steve Hart, Chairman and CEO of Williams & Jensen.  “We are excited to have these seasoned professionals join our team to help our clients navigate the challenges and complexities they often encounter.”

Williams & Jensen was founded in 1970 and has since grown to become one of the few leading independent law firms in Washington with a practice focused primarily on lobbying. On a daily basis, we help companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world influence legislation and public policy process in Washington with highly effective government relations, grounded in technically proficient law.  The firm's record of winning in Washington has attracted a clientele of leading companies, trade associations, and institutions, many relying on the firm's services for more than three decades.

 

 

Published in Micro-Cap Review Magazine

Williams & Jensen's David Franasiak, Joel Oswald, Eric Robins and Rebecca Konst examine dark pools, their role in trading and their regulation in this article in Micro-Cap Review Magazine: "Dark pools refer to alternative trading systems (ATS) that do not publicly display bids and offers in their quotes and are not required to identify the particular ATS that executed the trade. In contrast, the trade reports of registered exchanges such as the NASDAQ or New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are required to identify the trading venue that executed the trade. Dark pools have been around since the 1980s as "upstairs" trading in formal exchanges and generally handle institutional investors that trade sizeable positions in a company's shares. These trades remain anonymous in dark pools so as to avoid possible adverse price movements in the market driven by these trades." The article begins on page 16.

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By IntellectualsDC

Williams & Jensen Principal Eric Stewart is profiled by the blog IntellectualsDC.

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By the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, co-managed by Williams & Jensen Principal Ben Cooper, was featured on the House Oversight and Government Reform website for its endorsement of critical postal reform legislation - H.R. 2748. The bill was marked up and approved by the Committee on July 24.

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By the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Williams & Jensen Principal Eric Stewart will be speaking at a briefing held by the U.S. Helsinki Commission on Wednesday, July 31. "The New Silk Road Strategy: Implications for Economic Development in Central Asia" will be held at 2:00 PM in Room 304 of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington. Eric Stewart is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Turkmen Business Council.

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By The Lithuania Tribune

The Lithuania Tribune interviewed Williams & Jensen Principal, and President of the American-Lithuanian Business Council, Eric Stewart, during the World Lithuanian Economic Forum that took place recently in Vilnius.

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • August 13, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Michael D. Kans, and Rebecca L. Konst

     This memorandum will provide a survey of federal action on cryptocurrencies (aka virtual currencies), including enforcement and guidance. At present, some federal regulators have begun asserting oversight and enforcement authority under their existing powers while other potential regulators have not yet indicated publicly what, if any, oversight they will exercise. Other federal stakeholders on cryptocurrencies have also begun to engage. However, the U.S. government’s approach to virtual currencies remains fluid.

     

    Read...

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  • January 11, 2018

    By Frank Vlossak

    Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have worked toward regulatory reform that includes the review, revision, and repeal of existing regulations, with a focus on rules promulgated by the Obama Administration. Congress has played a key role in this effort, through the use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal rules finalized in the waning months of the prior Administration, as well as one rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2017.

    President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the early months of his presidency that are propelling the deregulatory efforts of federal agencies. These executive orders: set a cap limiting regulations in Fiscal Year 2017 to zero net cost; provide agencies with a framework for limiting new regulations and identifying existing rules to repeal or revise; direct review and revision or repeal of the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Obama Administration; and require review and reform of energy and climate-related regulations.

     

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  • October 10, 2017

    By Frank Vlossak

    On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units”. The NPRM would rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a rule that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power generation sector sources, namely coal and natural gas power plants.

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