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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.


Latham entrusts Dubai to London partner

Latham & Watkins has shaken up its Middle East management structure – replacing its regional partner Rindala Beydoun in favour of London partner Bryant Edwards. Edwards, who joined the firm in 1981 and was ­formerly chair of the corporate department in London, has relocated to the firm’s Dubai office. Beydoun joined the firm from Vinson […]

Conyers Dill forges ahead with global expansion plans as Brazil office opens

Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman is launching in Brazil following an upsurge in investment flowing in and out of the country. Conyers Dill e Pearman (Brazil) Servicos de Consultoria will open today (1 December), with partner Alan Dickson running the office as managing partner. He will be joined by partner Benjamin Dyer, who is […]

Short-term switches, long-term damage?

Over the last two months a raft of firms have used their resources flexibly to save on recruitment fees and prevent redundancies. Firms including Ashurst, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons and Trowers & Hamlins have made redeployments into growing practice areas. Addleshaw Goddard has funnelled work from busier to quieter departments, and Walker Morris has trained […]

Accusations stall Lincolnshire hire

The appointment of a new legal chief for Lincolnshire County Council’s pioneering in-house practice has been thrown into doubt by allegations from a former colleague. Northamptonshire County Council legal head Chris Whittington was due to take the top job at Lincolnshire Shared Legal Services, which will be run as a ­standalone practice from early next […]

India’s FoxMandal opens two new India bases

Indian firm FoxMandal Little (FML) has continued its expansion, opening two new Indian offices. FML will open up offices in Lucknow and an associate office in Allahabad with Gaurav Bhatia, the sole partner in Bhatia & Co. Three of Bathia’s total of seven associates are expected to also join FML. FML managing partner Som Mandal […]

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