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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.


Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]


Badea & Asociatii

Romania’s Badea & Asociatii has come a long way in a short space of time. Set up in January 2002, the firm now finds itself in an alliance with the world’s largest law firm, Clifford Chance. It is a relationship that looks certain to lead to a full merger in the future. Firm: Badea & […]

A&O loses 170,000 files in warehouse inferno

A huge warehouse blaze in East London has destroyed hundreds of thousands of legal documents belonging to a number of top City firms. Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons lost a huge number of files in last Wednesday night’s (12 July) fire at a document storage warehouse belonging to Canada’s Iron […]

Hammonds usurps DLA Piper for Tesco adviser role

Hammonds has ousted DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary from its role as supermarket giant Tesco’s main employment law adviser. The firm’s Leeds employment head Mark Shrives led a national team bidding for the work against DLA Piper and a number of other firms. As first reported on (12 July), Shrives described the appointment as […]

Carter report heralds legal consolidation

Lord Carter of Coles has predicted massive consolidation for law firms and “the end of the £1m-a-year criminal defence barrister” in his report on legal aid procurement, unveiled this morning (13 July). Speaking at a press conference to announce the report, Carter said its recommendations would reform the legal aid market and save £100m a […]

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