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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.


Lovells brings Japanese patent firm on board to create Tokyo IP team

Lovells has announced a merger with Japanese firm Kubota Law & Patent that will allow it to advise on domestic Japanese IP law for the first time. Lovells’ Tokyo office will bring in bengoshi partner Eiichiro Kubota in addition to seven associates on 1 January 2008. The lawyers include Mizue Kakiuchi, Yusuke Inui, Masahito Imai, […]

Bloxham forgoes appeal in Freshfields defeat

Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in his age discrimination claim. As first revealed on (21 November), Bloxham said in a statement through Dawsons Solicitors that he considers there are potential grounds of appeal regarding a number […]

Client launches anti-Hogan ad campaign

There may be no place like home, but for Hogan & Hartson partner Ty Cobb a change of address uncorked a heap of trouble recently. The vitriol reached a peak last week when a former Hogan client, Denver-based General Steel, launched an extremely high-profile and ferocious advertising campaign lambasting the firm. The company put out […]


Dundas & Wilson guides Donald Trump to planning success

New York magnate and Dundas & Wilson client Donald Trump has scored a major victory in a long-running project to build a £1bn world-class golf development in Aberdeenshire. Earlier in the week, an Aberdeenshire planning committee voted 7-4 in favour of the project, which Dundas & Wilson property partner Allan Wernham has been advising on […]

Andrew Fritchie: PartyGaming

What’s the toughest thing about your job?The number of spinning plates, each one of which would warrant significant endeavour if I had time. Name: Andrew FritchieTitle: General counselCompany: PartyGamingLives: GibraltarEducation:1976-83: Chosen Hill School, Churchdown1983-86: LLB (Hons), University College, Chichester1988: Called to the bar, Inner Temple2001-03: Executive MBA, London Business SchoolWork history: 1986-87: Group finance trainee, […]

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