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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.


College of Law shines a light on state schools

College of Law chief Nigel Savage has thrown down the gauntlet. The college is demonstrating its commitment to diversity in the legal profession by handing over £1.25m to a scheme to attract non-private-school-educated students into the law and is asking the profession to do the same. As we report today, the college has teamed up […]

City firms profit from Jesta property sales

A litany of City real estate firms had their fingers in the pie when two City properties were sold by Canada-based property company Jesta Capital Corporation. SJ Berwin real estate partner Nick Minkoff and corporate partner Laura O’Neill advised Jesta Capital on its sale of 55 Old Broad St, E1, and Central House, Camperdown St, […]

Lovells adds Christian Salvesen to client roster

Lovells’ real estate team has received a boost after picking up new client Christian Salvesen, a European logistics company. Lovells advised Christian Salvesen on a £47.5m sale-and-leaseback arrangement with Carisbrooke Investments for a number of its UK properties. The deal closed in late September. Carisbrooke was advised by Herbert Smith, with real estate partner Jeremy […]

College of Law gives £1.25m to encourage diversity

The College of Law and social mobility charity the Sutton Trust have donated £1.5m to a scheme to attract non public school educated people into the law. Called ‘Pathways to Law,’ the project has been established in response to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust last year that revealed that former public school pupils continue […]

Firms set for inaugural Australian listing

Three West Australian firms are set to make legal history with a proposed IPO and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Perth-based Integrated Legal Holdings (ILH) plans to raise A$14m (£5.61m) through the IPO and intends listing on the ASX on 12 December, according to a prospectus filed on 9 October. ILH plans to […]

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