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The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States is a significant global event. The ongoing transition of leadership following the 2016 presidential election continues to raise questions for companies — both in the United States and elsewhere — about the potential business implications of the regulatory and legislative reforms that are being discussed.


January 17, 2017Announcements + Press

Welcome to the MoFo D.C. Download

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States is a significant global event. The ongoing transition of leadership following the 2016 presidential election continues to raise questions for companies — both in the United States and elsewhere — about the potential business implications of the regulatory and legislative reforms that are being discussed. ...›

September 19, 2017Energy + Environment

NEPA, Energy, and Infrastructure: The Times They Are a Changin’?

For energy and infrastructure project developers, investors, and market participants, the past few weeks introduced increased regulatory uncertainty around the environmental reviews required as part of federal decision-making on matters like permitting and leasing. As the Executive Branch attempts to curtail these reviews, some in the Judicial Branch are increasingly demanding additional consideration, especially on ...›

September 14, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Cross-Device Tracking: A Morrison & Foerster Data Protection Masterclass Webinar

The number of consumers using multiple devices—from smartphones to tablets to laptop computers—has exploded in recent years and continues to grow globally. Companies are increasingly turning to new technologies in an attempt to ascertain that multiple devices are connected to the same person for a variety of purposes, such as fraud prevention, providing a more ...›

August 29, 2017Energy + Environment

DOE Grid Report Pins Coal Decline Primarily on Economics of Natural Gas

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) publicly released a long‑anticipated study of the U.S. electrical grid titled “Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Grid Reliability.” The report followed on suggestions by the Trump Administration that increasing concerns regarding grid reliability were warranted as a result of increased renewable energy ...›

August 2, 2017Technology

Howey Got Here: SEC Issues Guidance on Token Offerings

The Howey test lives on—now in a lesson in what not to do when it comes to token offerings. Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,” represent a new capital-raising method being explored by many emerging companies; venture, hedge, and private equity funds; large and ...›

USDOT seeks to remove “speedbumps” for transportation infrastructure projects, opens a revamped grant program to accelerate public-private infrastructure investment

President Trump recently debuted his “Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” which describes his vision for overhauling the nation’s infrastructure.  Although details of the plan have yet to be announced, two important components of the plan—decreasing permitting timelines and increasing funding opportunities—have begun to take shape. USDOT requests input on “unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects” ...›

June 27, 2017Data Privacy + Cybersecurity

Cry, Cry Again: More Global Ransomware Attacks Reported

It is being widely reported that a new wave of cyberattacks is currently hitting companies and governments. The attack has spread around the globe in a matter of hours, affecting the Ukrainian government, Russian enterprises, and other companies throughout Western Europe. Just like the WannaCry ransomware that struck worldwide in May, the new attacks apparently ...›

June 26, 2017Technology

The Blockchain Comes to Washington

Those who follow developments in technology and business have been inundated over the past several months with stories about the rapid adoption of blockchain technologies across the private sector.  Less discussed is the U.S. government’s exploration of the use of blockchain technologies. At a high level, a blockchain is a decentralized, distributed transaction ledger.  What ...›

June 12, 2017National Security

Sitting Presidents Can’t Be Prosecuted. Probably.

The world watched last week as former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A central question dominated much of the hearing: Did the president commit a crime? Comey demurred, noting that the answer will likely rest with ...›