PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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Articles featuring Williams & Jensen and our team

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Williams & Jensen’s International Government Affairs team announces its schedule of events for the fall. Featured events include:

  1. Hungary’s Foreign Minister - September 18: The U.S.-Hungary Business Council will host H.E. Péter Szijjárto, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for a lunch during the United Nations General Assembly.
  2. Bulgaria Foreign Mission – November 9-10: The American-Central European Business Association (ACEBA) will hold its first Business Mission to Bulgaria.



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By ILENE FLEISCHMANN

Five alumni who have gone on to succeed in widely varied types of practice will be honored as the School of Law confers Distinguished Alumni Awards at its annual Law Alumni Association Dinner on May 4.

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By Tom James Company

Williams & Jensen mourns the passing of longtime client and friend Spencer Hays. Mr. Hays, the founder of Tom James Company, passed away on March 1, 2017.

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By Adevărul

In an interview with Adevărul, Williams & Jensen’s Eric Stewart, President of the American-Romanian Business Council, discusses U.S.-Romanian relations at the outset of the Trump Administration.

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The Embassy Guild and Williams & Jensen’s Matt Decker hold a panel discussion on “The Trump Administration and Trade: What to Expect” on Thursday, March 2, at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam. The panel discussion will focus on what the diplomatic community can expect during the Trump Administration on trade policy. The discussion will be moderated by Lorraine Hawley, Archer Daniels Midland, Director of International Government Relations. Panelists are: Karan Bhatia, GE, Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Policy, Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; and David Weller, Google, Head of Global Trade Policy, Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China.

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By Politico Morning Agriculture

Scott Graves, who recently served as the majority staff director for the House Agriculture Committee under Chairman Conaway, has joined the law firm of Williams & Jensen, in Washington, D.C., as a principal. Graves, who has 12 years of experience in agricultural policy, worked closely with House leadership on the 2008 and 2014 farm bills and was also Conaway’s chief of staff...

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PublicationsInsights on Current Policy Issues

  • April 19, 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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  • February 5, 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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