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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.


Conflict ousts Davis Polk from Enron case

JP Morgan loses Davis Polk as adviser on $1bn suit because of Chubb relationship Davis Polk has been prevented from acting for JP Morgan Chase in a $1bn (£708m) Enron-related lawsuit. A federal judge in New York disqualified the firm from representing the bank because it already acts for Chubb Corporation, the parent company of […]

Deals summary

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (Kevin Muzilla) is advising ING Barings as lead manager and Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital as co-managers on a $200m (£142.2m) high-yield bond issue by Dutch energy service Bluewater. Bluewater advised by Linklaters (Cecil Quillen) and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek on Dutch law. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood (Elizabeth Uwaifo, […]

Accusations of barrister bias thrown out by EAT

Nicholas Underhill QC vindicated by tribunal after dual role of barrister and judge brought into question The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has rejected serious claims of bias against five well-known employment silks, including Nicholas Underhill QC of Fountain Court. The names of the other four silks went undisclosed.The case included and intervention by a representative […]

Mirror work promotes Kerman into big league

Strategic hiring and Swepstone Walsh closure wins Kerman & Co top media client Small West End practice Kerman & Co has won the Mirror Group and Indep-endent Newspapers as clients from the fallout of the now defunct media firm Swepstone Walsh.Kerman is a five-partner private client and corporate firm. It has attracted the high-profile work […]

Multinational mergers

Use the word ‘merger’ in Scotland and you will receive a funny look, particularly if you are speaking to a lawyer This is not because Scottish firms are now so crazed by devolution that they do not want to let outsiders tamper with their legal system, but is thanks to a piece of legislation that […]

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