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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.


High cost of ATE claims pushes CFAs to brink of extinction

The conditional fee arrangement (CFA) model is at risk of collapse due to the high level of litigation relating to after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums. A Civil Justice Council (CJC) report has found that the cost of launching legal challenges to ATE costs and success fees often exceeds the cost of the original ­litigation, creating a […]

No merci

While Anglo-Saxon firms remain ensconced in the upper reaches of the French legal market, their domestic rivals are aiming to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the global economic downturn. By Nicola Laver President Nicolas Sarkozy’s charisma, as well as his recent private and political activities, have brought France to the fore internationally. But whether […]

Rosenblatt sets up restructuring group

Rosenblatt Solicitors has launched a 15-lawyer restructuring and recovery group in response to the economic crisis. Funds and financial services partner Nigel Frudd is leading the initiative, which will see litigation partners Anthony Field and Tania MacLeod rebadged along with corporate partner Wayne O’Neill and employment partner Andrea London. Frudd said: “It really is a […]

Work Life Quiz: Stuart Wardlaw, Dickinson Dees

  Dickinson Dees” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15290_P15_cv.jpg” />What was your first-ever job?Trainee solicitor. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Leaving a corporate ­completion meeting with the client’s jacket and the consideration cheque for £5m. (Inadvertently – he took my jacket.) Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going […]

Reed Smith to shed 11 City associate jobs

Reed Smith to shed 11 City associate jobs” />Reed Smith has launched a redundancy consultation in the UK with 11 associate jobs under threat. In a memo sent to staff the firm said it is looking to lay off 115 embers of support staff across its US offices as well as the redundancies in the […]

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