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January 27, 2021  |  The Insider: White Collar Defense and Securities Enforcement

President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is widely expected “to ramp up white-collar crime” prosecutions, after former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department notched an “all-time low in white collar crime enforcement.” But how, exactly, will the Biden DOJ pursue such a goal? Under President Barack Obama, the DOJ garnered headlines (see here, here, and here) by investigating white-collar crimes using tactics—such as undercover officers and sting operations—that are usually reserved for street crime cases. If President Biden’s DOJ follows suit by stepping up the use of such tactics in white-collar cases, counsel and courts may find themselves revisiting the governing law.

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