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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.


First partner quits DLA Piper as firm gets too big

Herbert Frerichs Jr has become the first partner to leave DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary citing the need for a regional platform as opposed to the new international platform at the merged firm. Frericks is joining Saul Ewing, which operates seven offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region covering Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. […]

Linklaters builds NY with finance hire

Jones Day banking partner Michael Bassett has become the latest US finance lawyer to join Linklaters’ growing New York office. Bassett’s practice encompasses both acquisition finance and restructuring, an area that Linklaters developed with the recruitment of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan partner Mark Palmer last year. The firm has also taken on two other […]

Kitchin QC, David – Hot 100

It was a vintage year for patent disputes, with two House of Lords judgments and the titanic Cambridge Antibody Technology v Abbott Biotechnology rounding off proceedings. A select bunch of intellectual property silks have dominated proceedings, but David Kitchin QC just gets the nod after winning the landmark Kirin-Amgen v TKT on behalf of TKT. […]

Richards Butler hit by Latham raid on litigation

Richards Butler’s litigation group has been rocked by the loss of a second rainmaker in the space of two months. Disputes partner John Hull is leaving the firm in February to head the London litigation practice of US giant Latham & Watkins. His departure coincides with that of Lista Cannon, who is joining another US firm, […]

Survey shows law firms’ business confidence is on a three-year high

Business confidence among the UK’s leading law firms is at a three-year high, claims accountancy firm Smith & Williamson. The financial services group’s annual survey quizzed managing partners or financial directors at 125 law firms. Of the 82 that responded, 88 per cent said they were either very or reasonably confident about the business outlook for the next […]

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