On May 21, 2014, Commissioner John Pecman announced a significant
"realignment" process to the internal structure of the
Bureau. The Bureau was historically divided into four enforcement
branches: Criminal Matters, Civil Matters, Mergers and Fair
Business Practices. The development will combine the Fair
Business Practices Branch and the Criminal Matters Branch into a
single branch, and also combine the Mergers Branch and the Civil
Matters Branch. All non-criminal cases, including mergers,
non-criminal conduct and non-criminal competitor agreements will be
handled by the civil branch, whereas criminal cases, including
conspiracies, cartels, and bid-rigging, will be under the criminal
Commissioner Pecman noted that the alignment will not decrease
the size of the Bureau. However, the realignment will
undoubtedly result in many other synergies, and promote greater
collaboration within the branches. Pecman noted that the
realignment is "about building a stronger, more flexible and
more adaptive agency."
In terms of leadership, Lisa Campbell was appointed on June 5, 2014 to assume
oversight of the Mergers Branch. Campbell previously held the role
of Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Fair Business Practices
Branch. The branch achieved several noteworthy results under
Campbell's leadership, including the first and maximum
administrative monetary penalty and the first conviction for breach
of a consent agreement.
Senior Deputy Commissioner Matthew Boswell will remain in charge
of criminal cases. Boswell was appointed to the position of Senior
Deputy Commissioner of Competition of the Criminal Matters Branch
in March 2014. Boswell will continue to bring significant
legal expertise in criminal law enforcement, regulatory matters and
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