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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.

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Critics snipe at third-party litigation funding code

The proposed regulation of third-party litigation funders has come under fire for failing to bring full transparency to the sector. A draft code of conduct seen by The Lawyer stipulates that the assets of members of the proposed Third Party Litigation Funders Association should exceed liabilities, and that the ultimate parent company be a regulated […]

Paul Weiss promotes four in New York

US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has made up four associates in its latest round of partnership promotions, all in New York. Andrew Ehrlich, David Brown and Jacqueline Rubin have made partner in the litigation group while Manuel Frey has been made up in the corporate department. Paul Weiss chairman Alfred Youngwood said: […]

Shearman & Sterling promotes 11

Shearman & Sterling is the latest US firm to announce partner promotions. Property lawyer Clare Breeze and capital markets lawyer Mei Lian have been promoted in London. In total the firm has added 11 to the partnership. The firm’s international network had the bulk of promotions with a total of eight being made up, two […]

More groups allowed to bring class actions, govt told

Proposals to allow more representative bodies to bring class actions on an opt-out basis have been put forward to the government today. The Civil Justice Council (CJC), the body responsible for advising the Lord Chancellor on the modernisation of the law, called for reform of the group litigation model to remove barriers to access to […]

Dentons helps Al Jazeera change its image

Denton Wilde Sapte has been ­giving lessons to global media ­network Al Jazeera on improving its image in the press. A team including Doha-based client ­partner Safwan Moubaydeen, four London-based technology, media and telecoms and employment partners and the firm’s PR ­manager provided a week of ­seminars at the ­network’s Qatari headquarters. Al Jazeera requested […]

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