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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.


Hongkong Land snaps up Charles Allen-Jones

Former Linklaters senior partner Charles Allen-Jones will join the board of property company Hongkong Land Holdings in December. Hongkong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, which routinely instructed Allen-Jones when he was based at Linklaters‘ Hong Kong office. He will report to the company’s chief executive, Nick Sallnow-Smith.Allen-Jones stepped down as senior […]

CMS member firms buddy up in Europe

The CMS network has started the process of transforming its member firms’ international offices into merged CMS offices. Within the six-firm network, CMS Cameron McKenna and CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (BFL) have combined their offices in Romania, while BFL and CMS Hasche Sigle Eschenlohr Peltzer Schäfer have joined up their practices in Berlin.Camerons and BFL […]

Seat of deceit

Tulkinghorn’s dinner party tips, part 1. Tulkinghorn has been picking up a few tips lately on how to ensure top-level status at dinner parties, particularly important at this time of year when one needs to have a primary seating position and not be placed with the also-rans at Christmas parties.One excellent piece of advice came […]

Travers Smith Braithwaite in pioneering deal for CrestCo

Travers Smith Braithwaite has advised City of London systems operator CrestCo on the development of two risk-reducing projects. These have involved a dramatic change in company law and have hailed Crest as the safest transfer and payment system in the world.Together with CrestCo’s in-house team, Travers Smith has provided the legal advice for the introduction […]

Scots desire foreign partners

President of the Law Society of Scotland Martin McAllister is determined to reignite the debate on multinational practices.

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