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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.


Don’t “lump together” all lawyers under FSA-style regulator, says Bar

The difference of opinion between the two sides of the profession over the Clementi review on the regulation on legal services deepened this week when barristers took issue with being “lumped together” with solicitors under proposals for a new super-regulator yesterday. One of the central questions of the Clementi consultation paper, as published this week, […]

Jersey firm launches in Anguilla

Jersey law practice the Sinel Group has followed the latest trend of Channel Islands firms setting up in the Caribbean by launching a practice in Anguilla. Sinel’s new office will be managed by Alex Richardson who was an assistant at Harney Westwood & Riegels’ Anguilla office. Richardson, also president of Anguilla’s bar association, will join […]

The war on fraud

Investigating white collar crime and fighting a military campaign are more similar than you think. Andrew Durant and Andrew Witts report

Beiten Burkhardt opens in Kiev

Beiten Burkhardt is continuing its push into Eastern Europe, becoming the first leading German firm to open an office in Kiev. The office, which will open officially in September 2004, practices in corporate and commercial work for German manufacturing and real estate clients. Former St Petersburg-based partner Felix Rackwitz has relocated to Kiev to head […]

Cap Gemini dumps Barlows in shock panel result

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young has ditched Barlow Lyde & Gilbert after a panel review. The firm’s new general counsel Barry Wong, who joined from IBM in December, and deputy general counsel Jane Bevan have conducted a comprehensive review over the last three months. In a move intended to broaden the firm’s existing 3 firm […]

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