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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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Will the City catch a cold from the millennium bug?

Last week Don Cruickshank, chairman of the Government’s millennium bug-busting agency Action 2000, told the private sector to brace itself for year 2000 breakdowns in technology. Despite years of warnings and marketing campaigns, it seems that not everyone’s computer systems are set to wake up ready for business on 1 January. What is more worrying […]

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Richard Parlour

Sean Farrell meets Richard Parlour, the entrepreneur and Territorial Army enthusiast who just joined as a financial services partner at Richards Butler Ask a lawyer what they do in their spare time and the stock reply is almost always: “With work and family, I haven’t got any spare time.” However, Richard Parlour, Richards Butler’s newly-recruited […]

Red faces as CC cries Wolfgang

Bringing together two law firms in different countries is not an easy job – so a few hiccups are to be expected, especially, it seems, when it comes to learning foreign names. For example, a Wolfgang in a London office would stand out like a sore thumb. So Clifford Chance could be forgiven for mixing […]

Archive move is not dispruptive

It is a brave layman who seeks to reach the letters page of The Lawyer. It is an even braver move to challenge the accepted wisdom of firms of repute such as Dibb Lupton Alsop. However, the idea that closing down a hopelessly uneconomic production line for microfiche in central London and substituting four times-a-day […]

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