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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.


Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital arranges and underwrites £680m worth of senior and mezzanine facilities in connection with the leveraged acquisition of Rank’s holiday division by a consortium comprising Bourne Leisure Group

Bristol & West

Bristol & West in £300m securitisation of residential mortgage portfolio. Bristol & West and partner company Bank of Ireland represented by Norton Rose (Jonathan Walsh) and lead manager ING Barings represented by Simmons & Simmons (Stephen Moller).

Watson Farley & Williams launches Bangkok office

Watson Farley & Williams is bolstering its Asian capability by opening an office in Bangkok. The shipping specialist has been in the region for two years following its purchase of Sinclair Roche & Temperley’s Singapore office. In response to growing client demand, Watson Farley will now open a second office in the region. The Bangkok […]

Thompsons divorces Scottish division

An internal dispute within specialist personal injury law firm Thompsons has led to its English and Welsh divisions splitting from its Scotland branch. The disagreement has culminated in the London division giving the Scottish branch notice that from the end of the year it will no longer be entitled to work under the name of […]

Three Internet Deals For Manches in Three Weeks

The firm’s latest deal involved advising Musicunsigned Ltd ( – the internet company which promotes unsigned artists via the web – on a venture capital deal with a private investor. The internet deals from the previous fortnight involved Marks & Spencer and Moss Bros. “We have seen an explosion of Internet business this autumn,” says […]

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