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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.


Deutsche pair quit following cutbacks

Deutsche Bank’s legal department has suffered a double blow following the departure of two senior in-house lawyers. Legal counsel Sajid Hussein and Francis Dickinson have quit the German bank to join Bank of America and Barclays Capital respectively. According to sources close to Deutsche, the departures have been triggered by on-going cost-cutting at the bank, […]

Investor liability still unclear after M&A pensions guidance

When the newly established pensions regulator released its guidance on the M&A pensions regime, private equity lawyers joked that it was no coincidence that the new rules came out on April Fool’s Day. The Pensions Act has been a major bone of contention since it was first drafted. Lawyers have long feared that the Government’s […]

A sight for Warsaw eyes

Osborne Clarke is, understandably, delighted with its flash new London Wall digs, complete with outdoor barbie area and sweeping views over St Paul’s and towards… erm… Clifford Chance‘s old Aldersgate Street offices and over the glorious roofs and air-conditioning units of the Barbican. The splendid scene caused one Polish in-house waiter to remark: “It’s so […]

Martineau Johnson loses litigation head to Heatons

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has raided Martineau Johnson for a new head of litigation. Andrew Spooner, who has been the head of Martineu Johnson’s commercial litigation practice for the past 15 years, has joined Heatons as a director of litigation. His arrival follows the appointment earlier this month of Matt Fleetwood as the firm’s new […]

Clydes rejig sees head of corporate quit

Clyde & Co‘s respected head of corporate David Page has quit the firm following a strategic review of its corporate practice. Managing partner of the firm Michael Payton dismissed suggestions of a ‘difference in vision’ between Page and the rest of the corporate department. Page told The Lawyer: “The difference in vision is the type […]

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