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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.


The personnelity

Partners in commercial law firms have never been more mobile and hiring a whole team is now common practice. Even 10 years ago, it was almost unthinkable for a partner to leave an established City practice, let alone to leave for a practice in its infancy. Now, hardly a week goes by without news of […]

Talk about communication

The increasingly global reach of major City firms and their ever-growing size benefits clients in many ways, but only if the firms’ internal communications systems are effective. Most have invested heavily in the vast array of modern technology available – emails, internet, intranets, extranets and video-conferencing being some of the most popular. Their efforts to […]

ING Barings boosts securitisation group with Sidley & Austin partner

Investment bank ING Barings is beefing up its European securitisation capability and taking on a partner from the London office of Sidley & Austin. Robert Plehn, a US-qualified partner who has been in London for seven years, will take up the newly-created post of managing director and head of European securitisation. The post, which is […]


“We’re looking at streamlining and providing aggressive deterrents against time-wasting cases,” says a DTI spokesman. This review of employment tribunal procedure is on course to report next month. According to the DTI, the review is operating “under existing law”, with no powers to change legislation. In particular, the Government will be looking at providing more […]

Lording it up

In the last judicial year, the House of Lords delivered judgment in 64 cases. It is impossible to predict which cases will and which won’t end up at the UK’s highest court, but if a case involves a point of law which is seen to be of substantial importance, the chances are that it might. […]

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