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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.


Chopping off heads

Addleshaw Goddard is aiming to bring down headcount by around 90 over the coming year. At the end of last financial year the firm had 1,425 members of staff. It has already gone some way to meeting that objective by slashing 16 jobs this summer, the biggest single number since 2005 (, 13 October 2008). […]

White & Case corporate head leaves for oil job

White & Case corporate head leaves for oil job” />White & Case joint corporate head Tim Goodell is to leave the firm for an in-house role at US oil company Hess Corporation. New York-based Goodell, who will join Hess as general counsel, was a lawyer at the firm since 1984 and served as a member […]


Dance floor diva: Victoria Davies, Ministry of Sound

With record deals, fitness videos and even a festival tent, Ministry of Sound has become more than just a nightclub. Tom Phillips meets head of legal Victoria Davies The glow sticks may have been consigned to the museum of irony, but the music and lifestyle are still as popular as ever. The house music scene […]

Freshfields launches secondment scheme

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is rolling out a programme to formalise the way ­secondments are allocated across the firm. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is rolling out a programme to ;formalise ;the ;way ­secondments are allocated across the firm. Until now secondments were handled on an ad hoc basis, with clients requesting help and being […]


Mishcon keeps shtum on layoffs

Mishcon de Reya has launched a redundancy consultation, but unlike the other 43 firms to have entered redundancy talks to date, the firm would not provide information on the number of staff in ­consultation. The firm is currently in the process of ­carrying out a redundancy review with staff. A statement from the firm read: […]

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