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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.



Work Life Quiz: Julian James Clark, Holman Fenwick Willan

Holman Fenwick Willan” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15119_P15_cv.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Playing keyboards in a five-piece cabaret band on the North of England club ­circuit. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?I managed to avoid that stage, having come into the profession as a barrister. However, when starting my shipping career I was sent on […]


Tulkinghorn: A bum note, no Cannes do and too latte for regrets

Tulkinghorn’s lip curtains are twitching. It must be the end of Movember, the month in which his scribes grew moustaches to raise money for prostate cancer. It’s been a long, arduous slog but the results speak for themselves. ­Tulkinghorn doffs his cap in the direction of those who supported his moustache-growing freaks. Bum note Well, […]


Bakers acts on launch of green private equity fund

Baker & McKenzie has won a mandate to help set up a $5bn (£3.4bn) eco-friendly private equity fund run by former Man Group chief executive Stanley Fink. Earth Capital Partners will manage three funds, investing in projects and companies with a sustainable focus, dealing with climate change, water shortages and energy security. Bakers London head […]

Rawlinson Butler

Rawlison Butler is not a firm that likes to splash its cash. Rawlison Butler is not a firm that likes to splash its cash. Managing partner Tim Sadka admits that the firm is conservative when it comes to spending, but feels this is a strategy that has served it well. With the economy now looking […]

Ashurst moves staff into energy and transport team

Ashurst has redeployed three corporate and three finance junior associates to its energy, transport and infrastructure (ETI) team as the transactional side of its business has slowed down. In contrast to the core corporate team, the ETI team has been very busy in recent months, requiring significant capacity. One Ashurst corporate partner told The Lawyer: […]

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