White-collar criminal enforcement will continue to evolve in the year ahead, but some predictions can be made based on year one of the Trump administration. Federal law enforcement officials have enunciated a clear focus on non-white-collar crimes and, with numerous vacancies in the Justice Department, this shifting focus is likely to result in a decrease in white-collar investigations and prosecutions—a notion supported by anecdotal reports from white-collar practitioners. Although not as numerous, white-collar cases will continue to be brought, as exemplified by recent FCPA cases. White-collar attorneys and their clients should anticipate that these investigations will be focused on identifying and targeting the individuals responsible for wrongdoing.
‘Enforcement 40’ for 2020
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