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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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Peter Andre turns to Stewarts for court battle with Shackleton

Stephen Foster of litigation boutique Stewarts Law is set for a courtroom showdown with the queen of the celebrity divorce Fiona Shackleton (pictured) after he was formally instructed to act for Peter Andre in his split from Katie Price. Stewarts recruited Foster from Lester Aldridge to launch its divorce practice in 2006. He recently brought […]

Camerons gets flexi green light

CMS CAMERON McKenna has persuaded more than 90 per cent of its staff to sign up to its flexible working scheme, despite internal opposition to the plan. It is understood that just 50 per cent of employees had agreed to the scheme a week before the deadline on Friday 29 May. But after a concerted […]

Mayer Brown finalises board restructure

Mayer Brown has completed the restructure of its management team after electing the final five partners to its 12-member partnership board. Last month TheLawyer.com reported that the firm was conducting a second round of elections for positions on the board after a first wave failed to see a clear consensus. At that point seven of […]

India’s FoxMandal boosts partnership with Khaitan hire

Indian firm FoxMandal Little has hired IP specialist Vinay Dwarkadas from the Mumbai office of rival Khaitan & Co. Dwarkadas, who was a senior associate at Khaitan, joined FoxMandal as a partner today. In a statement FoxMandal’s managing partner Som Mandal said Dwarkadas’ depth of experience and energy would be a welcome addition to the […]

Reed Smith HK helps forge $1.3bn China IPO listing

THE HONG Kong arm of Reed Smith has advised on one of the largest Asian IPOs this year, winning an instruction from China Zhongwang Holdings on its $1.3bn (£800m) listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Richards Butler, in association with Reed Smith – which had been the Hong Kong arm of the UK’s Richards […]

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