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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.


Treasury to probe private equity tax relief

Private equity lawyers will be following intently the Treasury’s review of tax relief that has enabled the prominence of private equity on the general M&A landscape. Under the spotlight will be the tax relief on shareholder loans in highly leveraged deals, economic secretary Ed Balls announced today. It follows Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury Select […]

Former Dechert boss found guilty of perjury

Former White House aide and Dechert’s former Washington DC managing partner Lewis “Scooter” Libby was yesterday found guilty of perjury and obstructing justice in the investigation into the outing of a CIA operative. Libby, vice president Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, will be sentenced on 5 June, but he was found guilty of four […]

Geordie Law Soc chief aims to boost “relevance”

The head of property and planning at North East firm Ward Hadaway has been elected president of the Newcastle Law Society. Neil Robson will be president for the next year, and takes over the post from outgoing president, Guy Goodings, a partner at Northumberland-based firm Wholley Goodings. Robson said: “My main goal during my presidency […]

Firms fight Govt money laundering stance

City firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Slaughter and May are gathering for a summit meeting today (5 March) to coordinate resistance to the Government’s money laundering directive. The round table event aims to ensure that the Law Society’s response to the directive reflects the concerns of member firms and to coordinate lobbying efforts. […]

Doughty Street aids Guardian victory

The Guardian’s in-house legal team went straight to Doughty Street last night to fend off the Attorney-General’s threat to gag the newspaper’s story on cash for honours affair. Lawyer Nuala Cosgrove, soon to be The Guardian’s director of editorial legal services, and Andrew Nicol QC of Doughty Street successfully resisted Lord Goldsmith’s attempt to prevent […]

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