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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.

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Eversheds plans regional rejig

Eversheds managing partner David Gray is to shake up the firm’s regional structure with a bid to integrate the Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle offices. The proposals, presented internally last week, follow last year’s move to integrate the Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby offices under one management team. Stephen Hopkins, head of corporate for Leeds and Manchester, […]

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How to stop litigants in person going mad: more funds needed

No one wants vexatious litigants. But three cheers for the CAB at the RCJ, says Naomi Rovnick “Bonkers.” “Pathological.” “On a downward spiral to nothing.” This is how some of the country’s leading litigators describe litigants in person, those who go before the courts without a lawyer. They complain that many litigants in person are […]

Wragges muscles in on Prime after Pinsents gets conflicted

Wragge & Co has scored healthcare developer Prime Public Partnerships as a new client, after its regular adviser Pinsents was conflicted out on a care centre development. Wragges’ first instruction from the client was to advise on the development of the Cronehill Primary Care Centre, which is due to open in spring 2005. After Pinsents […]

PwC Brussels partner departs to B&M

The tax arm of accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has suffered a blow with the exit of Brussels partner Philippe Lion to Baker & McKenzie. It is understood that the regulatory climate post Sarbanes-Oxley was a factor in Lion’s decision to leave the accounting firm. Commenting on his departure, the former PwC tax director said: “Auditors’ independence […]

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