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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.










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Bakers invests in design thinking to “put humans at the centre”

Baker McKenzie is looking to incorporate design thinking into its lawyers’ practices with a series of live sessions and an online training course. Over the past few months, the firm has been hosting several sessions, both internal and client-facing, and is currently developing online portals to help fee-earners familiarise themselves with this increasingly popular know-how […]

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Bakers joins forces with A&O-supported startup Avvoka

Avvoka, the startup that has already found favour with Allen & Overy, has partnered up with Baker McKenzie in a bid to develop new technology applications, The Lawyer has learnt. Created in 2016 by former solicitors David Howorth and Eliot Benzecrit, the digital platform allows businesses to automatically create, e-sign and store contracts online. The duo joined Fuse, A&O’s […]

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Ted Baker calls in City firm for investigation into founder

Following allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its founder, fashion brand Ted Baker has brought in a City litigation heavyweight to lead an investigation into the matter. The retailer has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for advice during an independent external investigation into the behaviour of Ray Kelvin. The firm will report into a committee comprised […]

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Bakers chair Rawlinson to take temporary leave due to exhaustion

Baker McKenzie chair Paul Rawlinson is to take a step back from day-to-day management of the firm “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. The firm announced today that executive member Jaime Trujillo will serve as the firm’s acting chair for the interim. Trujillo is Bakers’ current Latin American chair and is an M&A lawyer […]

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Bakers rebuked for shortcomings in #MeToo investigation

A review carried out by Simmons & Simmons into Baker McKenzie’s handling of a sexual misconduct incident has concluded that there were “shortcomings” in the way the case was handled. Bakers hired Simmons earlier this year to probe an incident six years ago, where an associate alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Bakers […]

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