Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our weekly snapshot on white-collar, regulatory and compliance news and trends. In your inbox this week: A new year comes with more COVID problems and some novel wrinkles for white-collar defense lawyers. Plus: The Justice Department opens the door to paying back the legal fees of current and former government officials interviewed in the Russia investigation, and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton sits out the commission’s $65 million settlement with Robinhood. Scroll down for some of the year’s first law firm moves.

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