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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.


DLA Piper bucks private equity trend with Munich expansion

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is actively looking for a Munich office to add to its rapidly expanding German operation. In a departure from its rivals, DLA Piper is not trying to break into the German private equity market but instead will target IP/IT work. German managing partner Ulrich Jüngst told The Lawyer: “We don’t […]

CC targets Romania through local tie-up

Clifford Chance has formed an association with a Romanian firm as the first step to a potential merger as it looks to capitalise on the growing work coming out of the country. As first reported on www.the (19 June), Clifford Chance has launched an office in Bucharest through an association with 24-fee-earner local firm […]

Schillings fails to recover all costs in Sara Cox privacy suit

Schillings has accepted a fraction of the total costs it claimed for acting for DJ Sara Cox in a privacy claim against The Sunday People and Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). The firm settled its fight for costs for £100,000, just 37 per cent of the £273,000 it originally claimed. The settlement comes shortly after a […]

Rumours of a US invasion may be exaggerated

Lateral movement may be good for the headhunters but it is bad news for law firms; and rumours abound of impending US arrivals in Iberia. Madrid may already be awash with English firms – 13 of the top 20 London firms have a presence, with Bird & Bird the most recent arrival – but among […]

Firms clamour as BA’s case takes off

The investigation into the alleged price-fixing at British Airways (BA) and a number of other airlines is providing much work for the City’s biggest competition practices. As first reported by The Lawyer (26 February), Slaughter and May is advising BA on the latest investigation, but Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and […]

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