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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.


Separated at birth

Cast your mind back to the mid-1980s and the delights of The Russ Abbott Show. The show’s most famous character, C U Jimmy, finished third in a Glasgow Herald poll to find ‘The Most Scottish Person In The World’. (First place was Jimmy Krankie, oddly.) It is understood that Shearman & Sterling‘s London managing partner […]


Dubai: stock exchange

Dubai’s new stock exchange is the first step towards putting the country on the international investment map. Pervez Akhtar and Kamar Jaffer report In line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision encapsulated in the 2015 Dubai Strategic Plan to develop Dubai as an international investment hub between Tokyo, Hong Kong and […]

Clifford Chance matches Wall Street’s bonus payments

Clifford Chance has increased its bonuses for US associates to come in to line with Wall Street’s leading firms. Clifford Chance is the latest firm to announce bonuses for its US associates with the class of 2000 pocketing a $65,000 (£31,201) year end bonus in addition to a special bonus of $50,000. For the class […]

Communication breakdown

The pages of The Lawyer may be awash with partner moves, but the one that had tongues wagging the most last week – at Tulkinghorn Towers at least – was that of Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) global head of communications, David Crundwell. The global supremo director of pretty much all information coming in and out […]

Guernsey: trusts

The new Trusts Law should help Guernsey remain attractive in such a competitive market. Christian Hay and Gareth Bell talk us through the changes Guernsey is on course for a comprehensive update of its trusts law. On 25 July 2007, the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007 was approved and should come into force in January 2008. […]

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