There was a perception in 2017 when then President-elect Trump took office that white collar enforcement actions under the US Department of Justice (DOJ) might drop dramatically. Many expected the Republican administration to effect policy changes or resourcing decisions that would keep corporations out of the spotlight when it came to major investigations and massive penalties. But, in surveying the last four years, the opposite happened.
On October 7, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted Rule 12d1-4 and other amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, which streamline and enhance the regulatory requirements for registered investment companies and business development companies to acquire shares of other funds in excess of the limits in Section 12(d)(1) of the 1940 Act.
Temple Law alumnus Carl Hittinger discusses the positions of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice as calls for antitrust investigations into “Big Tech” companies escalate. The agencies, which share civil antitrust enforcement authority, reportedly are tussling over the right to investigate social media, online retail, search engine, and app store companies, raising the possibility of wasted resources, duplicative investigations, inconsistent positions, and confusion.