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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.


Endless nights spent slaving in the pub

Hammonds recently bagged Northern private equity house Endless as a new client. Endless is a formidable venture fronted by respective ex-Andersen and Ernst & Young advisers Garry Wilson and Darren Forshaw with a £135m war chest and an impressive 17 transactions completed in two years. It is certainly a client that lead partner Nick Watson […]

Mayer Brown reshuffles management in Germany

Mayer Brown has appointed a new managing partner in Germany, with banking and finance partner Jörg Wulfken taking control of the firm’s offices in Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne. Wulfken will succeed Reinhard Lange as managing partner in Frankfurt and Berlin by the end of the year. He will take over management of the Cologne office […]

CC waits on Bloxham for pensions overhaul

Clifford Chance stalled the review of its early retirement packages while it awaited the outcome of the age discrimination case brought against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham, The Lawyer can reveal. Currently Clifford Chance allows any partner made up before 2005 to take early retirement at the age of 55 and […]

Dorsey tax team splinters as DLA Piper pounces

Dorsey & Whitney has lost its second tax expert within a week with barrister Leslie Allen heading to DLA Piper. Last week (12 November) The Lawyer reported that Berwin Leighton Paisner hired Dorsey tax partner Liesl Fichardt to develop its contentious and international group within the tax department. The previous week (The Lawyer, 8 November) […]

Humdrum chums

Real estate lawyers are a pretty mediocre bunch of people. These are not the sentiments of Tulkinghorn, he hastens to add, but of one of the heads of real estate of a prominent global firm, no less. When Tulkinghorn’s scribe met with this self-effacing figure he quizzed him on the subject of heroes and pioneers […]

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