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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.


Deals summary

Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Jim Lavery) advised Barclays Private Equity on the £50m sale of specialist equipment hire company Ravenstock Tam to US-based Mobile Storage Group. Mobile Storage Group was advised by BP Collins (Tim Walton, David Stanning). Norton Rose (Richard Sheen, Peter Talibart, John Challoner) advised Charles Stanley Group on its £7.75m acquisition of stocking […]

In the tradition of Barthez…

Maurice Allen: an apology. In last week’s issue, The Lawyer reported that White & Case’s London head of banking Maurice Allen was a Brighton & Hove Albion FC supporter. Tulkinghorn would like to offer his heartfelt apologies to Mr Allen for committing such a dreadful error. Mr Allen is, of course, a devout Manchester United […]

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 […]

CGNU's year long panel audit draws to close

Insurance company CGNU is poised to announce its new panel for disease work following a year-long audit process. Former Weightmans’ chief executive Martin Read is nearing completion of a thorough review of all firms instructed by CGNU subsequent to the merger between Norwich Union and CGU.A spokesperson for the insurer confirmed that CGNU is finalising […]

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