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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.


Charles Martin

Turnover and PEP up at Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has posted is financial results for the 2010-11 financial year, with turnover increasing 2.5 per cent from £92.4m to £94.7m. Partners enjoyed a 6 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP), with the figure up from £710,000 to £752,000. The results make better reading than last year, when the firm posted […]

Reed Smith snares Dorsey partner for Shanghai opening

International firm Reed Smith has appointed New York-licensed lawyer Jay Yan as managing partner of its new Shanghai office, which is expected to open ‘imminently’ after securing its licence. International firm Reed Smith has appointed New York-licensed lawyer Jay Yan as managing partner of its new Shanghai office, which is expected to open ‘imminently’ after […]

Sharon White

Stephenson Harwood snares Weil Gotshal’s London energy head

Stephenson Harwood has scooped Weil Gotshal & Manges energy and renewables head Andrew McLean for its corporate practice. In Paris, meanwhile, the firm has hired corporate partner Patrick Mousset from Mayer Brown, where he was a counsel. The funds and private equity specialist starts at the firm this week. McLean, who also co-headed the firm’s […]


Opinion: News of the World – a closure without closure? Will the stigma last?

The closure of the News of the World leaves its employees facing an uncertain future. It does not take News International’s own Mystic Meg to predict that that future will inevitably involve litigation. But what is the legal landscape and what claims can we expect? The publicly reported position of News International is that it […]

Roschier hires Vinge trio, shakes up Stockholm management

Scandinavian firm Roschier has recruited three partners and appointed a new management team in its Stockholm office. Malin Leffler, Pontus Enquist and Ola Sandersson from Swedish firm Vinge have joined Roschier’s partnership. All three have expertise in corporate and M&A, while Leffler specialises in private equity. Meanwhile Jens Bengtsson, who joined Roschier from Linklaters in […]

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