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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.


Christie’s appoints new group GC

Nick Deeming has taken up the newly created post of group general counsel at auction house Christie’s. In his new role, Deeming, who left energy outfit Linde last month, will be overseeing an existing team of seven lawyers and will report to CEO Edward Dolman. A spokesman from the auction house said thenew position was […]

Geldards overhauls management team

Wales-based law firm Geldards has undergone a management shake-up creating a five-partner executive team for the first time. The team will be headed by the new chief executive, corporate finance partner Jeff Pearson. Pearson will be joined by partners Mike Butler and Mike Jeffs. Former East Midlands senior partner David Williams has been appointed as […]

Reed Smith UK chief steps down in overhaul

Reed Smith UK chief steps down in overhaul” />Reed Smith Richards Butler has restructured its UK management team, with UK managing partner Tim Foster stepping down from the role. Foster, who remains with the firm, will oversee its relocation to the Broadgate Tower and will also take on a higher level of fee-earning work. The […]

SRA rejects allegations of racism

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has defended itself against claims that it is racist and discriminates against non-white lawyers in its investigations. MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, had criticised the SRA for investigating complaints against a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities. Vaz alleged that 62 per cent of SRA […]

Oiling the wheels

In the wake of the Royal Dutch Shell class action, Europe could soon have a more claimant-friendly consolidated legal framework from which to work. By Daan Lunsing Scheurleer and Ianika Tzankova European multinationals have been, and continue to be, faced with class action lawsuits in the US. Some recent examples include Vivendi, Ahold and Shell. […]

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