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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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Faegre Benson follows Law Soc with pro bono guarantee

The London office of Faegre Benson Hobson Audley has become the first firm to sign up to the Solicitors Pro Bono Group’s (SPBG) new protocol since the Law Society joined the scheme in February. Robert Bond, the Faegre Benson partner responsible for pro bono, said the move was an important step. “It’s a charter to […]

Walkers insolvency ace wins in Caymans Parmalat action

Parmalat’s special administrator Enrico Bondi has been barred from administering the collapsed dairy company’s Cayman Islands companies following a tense court battle. In a significant victory for local firm Walkers, a Cayman Islands court upheld insolvency supremo Michael Crystal QC’s argument that Bondi should not act as both an official appointed by the Italian regulator […]

ICC complains to Supreme Court on US regulatory decision

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is fighting a legal decision it fears could make US courts de facto global anti-trust regulators, even in cases with a negligible impact on the US. The ICC has filed an amicus curiae brief to the US Supreme Court, as first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (4 March), asking it […]

Willkie man stands in Paris bar election

Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Dominique Mondolini is running in the Paris bar’s first contested election next week, seeking to capture the vote of international firms vexed by recent tensions with the bar. The Paris bar has traditionally nominated just one lawyer for vacant seats on its council, but the lack of an officially-endorsed candidate […]

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