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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.


Revealed: 25 per cent of barristers want partnerships

Almost a quarter of barristers want to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar. Almost a quarter of barristers would like to see law firm-style partnership and corporate structures at the bar, new research by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed. The BSB’s first major research project since its formation in […]

Lovells hires real estate expert in Madrid

Lovells has made a further hire in its Madrid office with the addition of Carlos Bardavío as a senior associate. Bardavio joins from Portugese shopping centre company Sonae Sierra, where he was head of legal affairs in Spain. He joins Lovells’ real estate practice, which is headed by senior lawyer Emilio Gómez Delgado. Bardavio’s hire […]

Dickinson Dees shores up insolvency

Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson. Watson Burton will lose its only insolvency partner, the highly rated Julian Gill, to Dickinsons by next May at the latest. Watson Burton Newcastle managing partner Gillian Hall […]

Separated at birth

“Goodbye grey sky, hello blue. There’s nothing can hold me when I hold you. Feels so right, it can’t be wrong. Rockin’ and rollin’ all week long.” It’s a long time since Arthur Fonzarelli was wowing the girls in Milwaukee. But he’s still keeping the kids happy. This month Fonzie, in the guise of Cravath […]

Web week

Second strife Second Life is quickly turning into an online version of Lincoln’s Inn, but with more outlandish clothes. The virtual world now has its own alternative dispute centre, where avatars can go and thrash out their problems without going through the nonexistent court system in Second Life. This adds to the patent and trademark […]

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