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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.



Our planning system is in chaos – or at least there is a serious risk that it will be if the House of Lords upholds the High Court judgment in the Alconbury case when the Government’s appeal is heard next month. That is not good news when you consider that the property sector in the […]

Two to watch

With 38 cinemas throughout the UK, United Cinemas International (UCI) is a dream property client, and DLA is the main firm that has benefited from the company’s expansionist strategy. UCI, a joint venture between Paramount and Universal, took space in Manchester’s recently redeveloped Printworks building, the former Daily Mirror site, on which DLA, led by […]

Watson Farley New York trio leaves for King & Spalding

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has lost half its finance partners to US practice King & Spalding. The departures come only weeks after merger talks between Watson Farley and US firm Hunton & Williams fell through for the second time (The Lawyer, 8 January). The three, Philip Spector, Raymond Simon and Caryn Hemsworth, […]

Tact and diplomacy

Lawyers – can’t live with them, can live without them, especially a particularly charming in-house lawyer Tulkinghorn had the good fortune to meet at The Lawyer Monte Carlo. City editor Dearbail Jordan was chatting to this silky smooth fellow when the subject of her name came up. After discerning that her name harked from Ireland […]


Bourne End Properties had long been a suspect for bowing to the sector’s trend for going private when the Merrill Lynch-led consortium BEP Acquisitions made its £45m bid in December. Last June, when Bourne End was trading at a 33 per cent discount to net asset value, it announced plans to liquidate the company and […]

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