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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.


Heatons loses star managing partner to investment house

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has lost its managing partner to London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. Highly rated corporate finance partner David Beech is leaving the firm at the firm at the end of March. His departure will be a blow to Heatons as he is the relationship partner for Icelandic retail investor Baugur, which […]

Takeover Panel extends director’s incumbency

Richard Murley (right), the Director General of the Takeover Panel, has accepted the panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005. Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003. First revealed on, 28 February LSC appoints new chairSir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of […]

Hammonds’ Leeds team defects to Addleshaws

Addleshaw Goddard is bolstering significantly its contentious construction practice with the hire of a five-partner team from Hammonds’ Leeds office. As first revealed on www. (2 March), the team will add £4m to Addleshaws’ £40m Leeds revenues and increase the size of its national construction department, which currently numbers 25. Hammonds’ national construction head […]

Tonucci looks to Franzosi tie-up in quest for IP elite

Studio Legale Tonucci is in advanced merger talks with Italy’s pre-eminent IP practice with a view to creating one of the country’s major independent firms. The full-service firm is in the final stages of due diligence with Franzosi Dal Negro Pensato Setti. Led by iconic managing partner Mario Franzosi, 40-lawyer Franzosi has forged a reputation as one of […]

Kirkpatrick lures Addleshaws star with US link

The London office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has poached experienced IT partner John Entstone from Addleshaw Goddard. Canadian Entstone said that he was keen to exploit the North American client base offered to Nicholson Graham & Jones following its January merger with US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. “For a long time I’ve wanted […]

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