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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.


FORUM: hedge funds

Hedge funds seem to be the latest recipe for institutional investment success, generating even more work for excited law firms. However, some argue that the risk outweighs the return. They might not currently be available in the retail sector, but a number of banks and traditional asset managers are launching their own products. So are […]

The plan

What exactly is a stakeholder plan? A stakeholder plan must be a defined contribution (money purchase) scheme. Its annual charges must not be more than 1 per cent of the value of the fund. The minimum contribution cannot be set at more than £20. The scheme must have its own trustees or stakeholder managers. What […]

Eversheds culls equity partners to hike profits

Eversheds is slicing an estimated 10 per cent of equity partners in an attempt to boost profitability. The figure represents 20 partners, of whom 10 will be taken out of equity and will drop down to fixed-share status, whereby a partner is effectively still self-employed but receives a fixed salary. The remainder will be asked […]

Private life

After many years in the wilderness, private client departments have rediscovered a favourable profile, even at the leading City firms. At Macfarlanes, however, private client work has never been out of fashion. In fact, last year the department had the highest billable hours in the firm, despite its reputation as the Slaughter and May for […]

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 […]

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