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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.


Close Brothers banks on Freshfields for rights issue

Freshfields’ work on the £53.4 million rights issue of UK merchant bank Close Brothers demonstrates the advantage of retaining acorn clients. They grow into oaks, as the bank’s value today testifies. Close, which started in 1979 as a £1 million management buy-out by three directors, now has a market capitalisation of around £360 million following […]

In brief: Lambeth lawyer faces investigation

The head of legal services at Lambeth Council appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week. Paul Lally, who has been suspended since March, was brought before an investigating panel of three councillors at the town hall on Thursday. The meeting is private and Lambeth Council has refused to discuss the nature of the charges against […]

CJD. Height without harm – a tall order

In 1984, Alison Lay, a 22-year-old bank typist from Winchester, Hampshire, began staggering for no apparent reason. Her health declined rapidly until she was unable to talk or respond in any way and she died 11 months later. A post-mortem revealed her brain was pitted with tiny, spongy holes unlike those seen in any other […]

Fast puts brakes on program theft

The Federation Against Software Theft (Fast), last week brought a successful criminal prosecution against Computer Component Marketing, of Altringham, Cheshire. The action concerned the importing and professional counterfeiting of Microsoft’s Windows 3.11 for Workgroups operating system. The company pleaded guilty to charges of possession and supply of counterfeit product under the Trademarks Act 1994 and […]

Hammicks CD-ROM

Hammicks and Whitaker have joined forces to produce Hammicks’ Legal Catalogue on CD-ROM, utilising the software interface used to access Whitaker’s bibliographic files. Hammicks has made a commitment to produce the catalogue more frequently, on a quarterly basis initially, and to provide the information on CD-ROM and eventually on the Internet.

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