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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.


New London firms bring more names on board

TWO recently-formed law firms have strengthened their practices with the appointment of new lawyers. City-based Orchard, formed last March from a management buy-out of Berman’s London office, has taken on a partner and a solicitor for its commercial property arm. Gordons, the niche commercial practice launched by three senior lawyers from Baker & McKenzie and […]

Labour raps 'arrogance' of Tory snub to Woolf over PFI

A CONSERVATIVE MP dismissed Lord Woolf’s concerns about government plans to hand over the courts’ information technology systems to the private sector “with breath-taking arrogance”, according to the Labour Party. Michael Jack, financial secretary to the Treasury and the Minister responsible, was giving evidence to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into the Government’s project finance […]

Legal duo aids US Senate in move to halt abuse of shareholder class actions

TWO American law professors have helped the US Senate stop the legal race to the courthouse in shareholder class action suits. Professors Elliott J Weiss and John S Beckerman outlined in the Yale Law Journal how institutional investors could reduce agency costs in security class actions by appointing a “most adequate plaintiff”. Their work was […]

Duncan Lamont champions the cause of press court reports.

Duncan Lamont is a media lawyer at Biddle & Co. Sir Robert Peel summed up the establishment view of the public’s right to know in the last century. He said: “Public opinion is compounded of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong-feeling, right-feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.” Little has changed, at least in some quarters. The law of […]

Dos and don'ts

There is basic, common-sense advice from both professional art consultants and the lawyers who have the job of finding the right piece of art to buy. One partner says, as a rule of thumb, that good pieces need space – don’t crowd the walls. There are several other pieces of advice: take plenty of time […]

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