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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.


Addleshaws spends £5.5m on new building

Addleshaw Goddard‘s cash reserves dropped by £5.5m in the 2007-08 financial year as a result of taking on new London headquarters. According to the firm’s LLP accounts, Addleshaws had £11m in the bank and in hand at the end of the financial year compared with £16.5m at the end of the previous financial year. Managing […]

Radcliffes builds up practice with architect hire

Westminster-based RadcliffesLeBrasseur has recruited an architect to its construction practice. Don Hands has joined the firm as a consultant architect and will provide an interface between the firm’s architect clients and the practice. Radcliffes ;head ;of ­construction Gordon Hall said: “Architects can be shy of lawyers because they think the experience could be expensive in […]

Ukraine’s Magisters makes Belarus merger

Ukrainian law firm Magisters is to launch its first office in Belarus, merging with local law firm BelJurBureau. The deal will take the newly-combined firm past the 130-lawyer mark and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2009. In total, 12 lawyers will join Magisters, led by partners Anna Rusetskaya and Denis […]

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 […]

CC’s non-merger: Once bitten…

Ah, what might have been. Clifford Chance’s abortive negotiations with Mallesons to create a £1.6bn-turnover firm, which we reveal today, could have been the most exciting law firm tie-up of the year. Last year we reported on David Childs’ wish for the firm to reboot itself in the US (The Lawyer, 23 July 2007). Since […]

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