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The accountant and Al Capone

The story of how forensic accounting brought down one of America’s most famous Gangsters Al Capone famously said that “you can get more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone”. But when it came to catching him, all it took was diligent and skilled forensic accounting, explains Tristan Yelland.

Investigations: new forensic accounting podcast

This Investigations podcast series looks at the complex role of the forensic accounting investigator. Grant Thornton speaks to prominent investigators who have grappled with a variety of situations to understand the key lessons they’ve learned, what propelled them to be where they are today and the advice they’d pass on to their younger selves.

Duty to report under Article 74 FinIA – planning tool for FINMA or (maybe) more?

FinIA has consolidated the authorisation regime for all financial institutions (except for banks which remain to be regulated under the Banking Act) and has extended this regime to independent asset managers and trustees. Even though the new law provides for a smooth transitional period enabling financial institutions to cope with the new regulation, asset managers and trustees now falling under the new regime are or have been required to file a report with the Swiss regulator FINMA. This article outlines the duty to report and its consequences.

Reducing UK emissions: 2020 progress report to Parliament

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 report to Parliament calls on the government to redouble its efforts and expands on its May 2020 advice to the Prime Minister in which it set out the principles for building a resilient recovery. The report highlights five clear investment priorities.


Shoosmiths commercial head leaves for Reed Smith Warner

Shoosmiths has lost a company commercial head to Reed Smith Warner Cranston. Chris Hill’s arrival today (15 January) comes just days after the merger of Pittsburgh firm Reed Smith and UK firm Warner Cranston finally came into effect on 1 January. Hill had been with Shoosmiths since 1992, where he was an equity partner and […]

Varrenti succumbs to White & Case embrace

New York firm White & Case is merging with Italian corporate boutique Varrenti e Associati, providing the firm with a presence in Rome and Milan, with the new joint practice to be called Studio Legale White & Case Varrenti e Associati. Founding partner Alessandro Varrenti becomes an equity partner at White & Case, while his […]


Over the past year or so there has been an increasing number of international firms moving into Spain. Mobility among lawyers is on the up and the recruitment of high-calibre practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult. The Spanish legal market has become more attractive to major legal firms in the past few years. Simmons & Simmons, […]

Brief encounter: Burness

Burness has, along with many other firms throughout Scotland and the UK, had a strong period of growth in 2000 and is optimistic as to what 2001 has to bring. But in other ways the firm differs from the crowd. Its managing partner Alan Stewart was the former head of legal at Clydesdale, and apart […]

Back to his roots

From lawyer to banker…and now back to lawyer. Dearbail Jordan talks to Jones Day’s new finance partner Martin Bartlam, a man who his clients think is well worth the wait

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