February 2, 2017National Security

Sanctions Against Sudan Eased

Due to the progress of diplomacy between the U.S. Government and the Government of Sudan over the past six months, the Obama Administration issued an executive order on January 13, 2017, which substantially relaxed sanctions against Sudan that had been in place since the 1990s.  In conjunction with this executive order, the Treasury Department Office ...›

January 30, 2017Energy + Environment

Golden State Forges Ahead With Sweeping Climate Change Regulatory Regime

With federal climate change regulations facing an uncertain future, the California Air Resources Board recently released a far-reaching new plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update (Scoping Plan) proposes a 10-year extension of the state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, in addition ...›

January 26, 2017Antitrust + Competition, Enforcement

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated the Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation. The updated guidelines include two notable changes that support the DOJ’s international cartel enforcement agenda: a new section on how the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies interact with antitrust agencies ...›

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. ...›