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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.


Nauta drops Rotterdam private client practice

Dutch heavyweight Nauta Dutilh is splitting with its Rotterdam-based private client team as the firm continues to pursue its corporate-focused strategy. Dutch heavyweight Nauta Dutilh is splitting with its Rotterdam-based private client team as the firm continues to pursue its corporate-focused strategy. As first revealed on (10 March), the two-partner, five-fee-earner team will establish a new […]

Finance dominates Norton Rose promotions

Norton Rose‘s finance department has dominated this year’s partnership promotions, accounting for more than half of the 15 associates made up to partner. The promotions are spread out across Norton Rose’s international offices, but Paris and London both tallied four new partners each. In London, all the promotions are in the banking department. James Dunnett, […]

Lawyer’s plum Sugar role

Sir Alan Sugar, the renowned entrepreneur and former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, didn’t get to where he is today without employing the right people around him. Sugar is currently starring in BBC2’s The Apprentice, offering the prize of a £100,000 job in his company to 14 desperately eager wannabe entrepreneurs. Although clearly a man […]

Referral freeze

The public wants claims management companies – but only if they can trust them. Neil Kinsella calls for the Government to back the Claims Standards Council Research says that the public wants the speed and efficiency of a claims company coupled with the integrity of a law firm. If claims companies deliver the right products […]

Europe finds its own way in the second lien market

CC pioneered it, but now everyone’s got second liens on their CVs. By Catrin Griffiths Linklaters.gif” alt=”Europe finds its own way in the second lien market” />The emergence of second lien financing prompts a question that lawyers don’t really have an answer for. Is second lien a stretched senior or is it just glorified mezz? […]

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