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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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One might assume that Reed Smith Warner Cranston won a place as adviser to McDonald’s on its purchase of a stake in Pret A Manger due to the recent US merger, but that is not the case. Peter Borrowdale, formerly the head of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office, which closed in September 1999, brought […]

Four more leave Salans Paris office for UK firms

New York firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn is reeling from the loss of two more partners and two associates from its Paris office. The move follows the announcement last month that top private equity partner George Pinkham is leaving for SJ Berwin (The Lawyer, 29 January). All four are going to UK magic circle firms […]

A view from the north west

The success of Manchester lawyers in the private equity market has been well documented, not least in this publication. Towards the end of 1999 and throughout 2000, the region has pulled in its most significant deals to date. These include the purchase and sale of HSBC’s stake in CRP Group to Barclays Private Group, the […]

Chesterman takes CSFB telecoms deal to Lathams

Latham & Watkins’ London office has snatched its first senior debt telecoms deal out of the grasp of rival Weil Gotshal & Manges. The deal involves advising Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and Salomon Brothers International on the restructuring of a senior multi-currency term loan and revolving credit facilities to DiAx, the Swiss telecoms company. […]

IBM chairman takes post at Beauchamps

Dublin-based Beauchamps is restructuring itself along corporate lines as it recruits its first non-lawyer company chairman. Tom Hardiman, currently chairman of IBM International Treasury Services Compa ny and the National Institute for Technology Management, will take on the managerial role. Hardiman’s remit is to develop a commercially-orientated approach to business for the firm. Hardiman has […]

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