Regardless of who is selected to fill the shoes of just-fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, white-collar practitioners see little change coming in the prosecution of financial crimes in the Southern District.

Members of the white-collar bar will be watching closely to see who President Donald Trump names to the key enforcement post, but they expect continuity in an office that historically has been nonpartisan and all business.

"Listen, the end of white-collar crime will come the day after the Messiah gets here," said Charles Stillman of Ballard Spahr, who has practiced for over 50 years and prosecuted cases for then-Southern District U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau in the 1960s.

The district has always had "professional prosecutors," Stillman said, and the fact "that there is going to be a Republican in a Trump administration as U.S. attorney who is going to be anything less than professional—that's not going to happen."

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