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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.


Camerons’ sit heads

Tulkinghorn has been particularly impressed with Team GB’s success at the Beijing Olympics. Winning gold medals in the ‘sit down’ sports of rowing, cycling and sailing is something all deskbound lawyers can aspire to. It seems that staff at CMS Cameron McKenna were similarly enthralled – so much so that the internet connection was brought […]

Eversheds scores brace of school set-up instructions

Eversheds has won instructions on a series of schools projects from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council. Projects partner Adrian Turner is leading the teams on the deals, which include advising Nottinghamshire on the first wave of its £750m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project. Turner said: “[Nottinghamshire will cover] 46 […]

Herbies raids Citibank for finance partner

Herbert Smith has ramped up its finance practice by ­recruiting ­securitisation partner Michael Poulton from Citibank. Poulton has been an investment banker at Citi since 2005, ­having joined from Clifford Chance, where he was an associate. At Herbert Smith he will focus on securitisation and structured finance work alongside ­partner Peter Epp, who joined the […]


Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. MOVE OF THE WEEKLovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. […]

Burges Salmon denies negligence claims

Burges Salmon has rebutted claims that it negligently advised agriculture clients on sub-prime mortgages. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is investigating independent complaints from farmers Geoff Bean in North Yorkshire and Pamela Ward-Jones of Barnhorne Manor Farm in East Sussex. They claim that the firm was acting for the farmers on sub-prime mortgage loans while […]

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