How Will the New Trump Administration Impact Government Contracts?

President Donald Trump has indicated a willingness to spend in the private sector around defense, homeland security, and a variety of other areas, including a potential $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.  This presents both tremendous opportunities and possible fallbacks for the industry and government contracts and public procurement space. President Trump has expressed his readiness ...›

January 25, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

Executive Order: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects

 On January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects” (“Order”). The purpose of this Order is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal infrastructure decisions and to reduce delays caused by agency processes and procedures. It will focus on projects that improve the ...›

Parting Shot: Outgoing Administration Releases FinTech White Paper

Before the change in Administration, the Obama White House issued a white paper entitled “A Framework for FinTech” to highlight their FinTech initiatives and set forth suggested principles for stakeholders in the government and private sector to apply to the development and growth of FinTech. These principles focus on the objectives of fostering innovation and ...›

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Issued by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updated guidelines reflect several significant changes in antitrust and IP law that since 1995, including: the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines; the 2007 and ...›

January 24, 2017Technology

Tech, not trade, poses bigger threat to American jobs

Donald Trump’s successful road to the White House was fueled by heated rhetoric against free trade deals and U.S. companies engaged in offshore outsourcing. Underpinning his slogan “Make America Great Again” was a premise that millions of jobs lost to other countries should and could return to the United States. The president-elect’s ambitious goals include ...›

January 17, 2017National Security

Foreign Investment in Critical Technologies Faces Enhanced Scrutiny

Foreign investment from China into the United States and, in particular, the U.S. science and technology sectors, has grown rapidly over the last decade. This development has not escaped the attention of the White House, nor is it news to the business community or the practitioners who navigate the regulatory processes associated with such investments. ...›

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. ...›

January 11, 2017Energy + Environment

Midnight Rules May Face Rude Awakening Under the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make rolling back certain aspects of the Obama Administration’s domestic policy, including environmental and other rules and regulations issued by federal agencies, a first order of business after taking office in January 2017.  This blog post will explore some ways President-elect Trump and Congress may seek to make good ...›

January 10, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

Who Controls the Controllers: Trump and Privatizing America’s Air Traffic Control System?

Between September 2015 and September 2016, approximately 716 million enplanements occurred in the United States alone.[1]  Despite this statistic meaning that, on average, every American citizen took one round-trip flight last year, the last fatal commercial airline crash in the United States occurred in 2009.[2]  In fact, looking at all commercial airline flights that occurred ...›