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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.


Monckton scores ECJ victory in phone traders fraud trial

Monckton Chambers has scored a European Court of Justice (ECJ) victory for a group of mobile phone traders who got caught up in a carousel fraud that cost UK Companies billions of pounds. The ECJ ruled that mobile phone trader Teleos, along with 14 other companies that bought mobile phones in the UK and sold […]

People moves

Michael Burns joins Northern Ireland firm Robert G Sinclair & Co as head of commercial property and banking. Burns joins from MKB Russells. Robert G Sinclair & Co has also hired Claire Silcock as an associate. She was previously at Elliot Duffy Garrett in London. – Michael Burns joins Northern Ireland firm Robert G Sinclair […]

Intelsat brings in Tyco general counsel

Bermuda-based fixed satellite provider Intelsat has snared Tyco International general counsel for Latin America Armando Tirado to take up the role of general counsel for Europe and the Middle East. Tirado is temporarily working out of Intelsat’s Washington DC office, but is expected to move to his permanent base in London before the end of […]

Mannheimer raids Swedish rival Vinge to build on record results

Swedish powerhouse Mannheimer Swartling has raided rival Vinge for a partner in Malmö and is set to break the SKr1bn (£75.74m) revenue barrier for the first time. The firm is predicting a revenue of SKr1.05bn (£79.53m), up from last year’s SKr930m (£70.44m). A boom in corporate activity has seen Mannheimer boost its partnership by eight, […]

BHP Billiton scoops Freehills chief as new GC

BHP Billiton has appointed Freehills’ managing partner Mike Ferraro as its chief legal counsel following the retirement of John Fast last June. Ferraro, who will take up his new role on January 2008, will be reporting to BHP chief executive office Marius Kloopers. “Ferraro has a strong record of providing strategic commercial and legal advice […]

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