May 01, 2017

Two recent speeches have provided the first detailed glimpse of how the Justice Department says it will approach white-collar crime under Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ management, dispelling the notion that this administration would usher in a sea-change in enforcement priorities. In a speech last week, Attorney General Sessions committed to continued enforcement of white-collar crime, emphasizing that laws against fraud and corruption protect law-abiding companies from unfair competition by those willing to skirt the law. Earlier this month, another senior Justice Department official provided a more detailed but similar overview of enforcement priorities. These speeches, though reflecting some modest changes in tone, explicitly recognized that corporate compliance is an important bulwark against criminal behavior and did not signal any major change in focus by the feds.