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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.


Grey sky thinking

Cloud computing can provide benefits when it comes to e-disclosure but is still rife with potential pitfalls. Daniel Kavan advises implementing clear processes before the cloud is introduced  As explored in a recent Special Report in these pages, cloud computing is no mere trend or fad. Life in the cloud is here to stay […]

Good looking

An updated e-discovery direction means laying the groundwork for a search will be a key component of success. Adam Clemens’ message is clear: be prepared The best litigators undertaking paper-based standard ­disclosure exercises have always had a feel for what the key documents in a case are going to be, their likely format and where to […]


Kaim Todner replaces Bindmans as St Paul’s eviction deadline nears

Bindmans have been replaced as the solicitors advising the protestors occupying space outside St Paul’s Cathedral by public order specialists Kaim Todner Solicitors. Karen Todner, managing director of Kaim Todner, has taken over from Bindmans partner Paul Ridge as the protestors’ solicitor. Like Ridge Todner is advising the occupiers pro bono. She has previously represented […]

Stephenson Harwood acts for new US client

Stephenson Harwood has scooped a new corporate client, winning work from New York-listed Duff & Phelps opposite Eversheds on the financial ­adviser and investment bank’s biggest non-US acquisition yet. The deal sees US-based Duff & Phelps acquire UK corporate restructuring adviser MCR, which has an annual turnover of £21m, for an undisclosed amount. Corporate partner […]


Hill Dickinson apes DLA in brand drive

Hill Dickinson senior partner David Wareing has launched a firmwide consultation process in a bid to create a “defineable” brand “like DLA Piper”. Hill Dickinson’s management has embarked on a three-year plan with the aim of pushing the firm’s bottom line back up to 2007-08 ­levels. It has launched the consultation process among partners in […]

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