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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.


Weil London gains one new partner

Weil Gotshal & Manges has gained one new partner in its London office as part of a promotions round that has seen its partnership headcount increase by seven. Of counsel Joanne Etherton (pictured), who joined the firm from Clifford Chance in 2000, has made partner within the firm’s London corporate pensions practice. She takes up […]

Eversheds helps Lloyds TSB tackle HBOS takeover

Lloyds TSB and its takeover target HBOS have turned to Eversheds to deal with the employment law issues that will arise if the banks combine. The two banks already have a longstanding relationship with Eversheds, with the firm occupying places on Lloyds’s general panel and HBOS’s North West panel. Eversheds employment and labour law product […]

RPL league turns tables on Skadden

Skadden” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15003_davidallen-MayerBrown90.jpg” />The litigation table published by The Lawyer shows which firms generated the most revenue from disputes last year. But reorder the table to rank firms by revenue per lawyer (RPL) and a different picture emerges. For example, Herbert Smith rises from 35th in the revenue table to seventeenth when ranked by […]


Lovells’ Seisler steps down as Euro chief after bid for top spot fails

Lovells Continental Europe head Harald Seisler has stepped down after an unsuccessful campaign to become managing partner. Lovells Continental Europe head Harald Seisler (pictured) has stepped down from the role after running an unsuccessful campaign to become firmwide managing partner. As reported on (17 Nov 2008) Seisler’s bid to win the top job failed […]

iLaw adds lawyer number 10 to roster

Start-up IP boutique iLaw now employs 10 lawyers ­following the hire of former DLA Piper ­commercial lawyer Rachel Laurent. Laurent specialises in commercial reputation management for media clients, as well as IP and technology matters. Since qualifying at Clifford Chance in 1993, she has worked in-house at the National Grid as well as at DLA […]

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