PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

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  • 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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In the News

Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

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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By Tracy Taylor

Williams & Jensen Principal Tracy Taylor, in the latest issue of Pavement Preservation Journal, looks at last year's surface transportation reauthorization act, as well as the outlook for transportation issues in the 113th Congress.

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • December 17, 2018

    By David E. Franasiak, Joel G. Oswald, Leah H. Kim, and Rebecca L. Konst

    This memorandum provides an update of federal action on cryptocurrencies, including enforcement and guidance. It also provides a summary of Congressional activity relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

     

    Read...

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • 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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