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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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Simmons & Simmons has lost another top partner, this time to US firm Brown & Wood. Leading capital markets lawyer John Russell, who co-founded Simmons’ securities practice, joins the London office of Brown & Wood today (Monday). Russell is the eighth partner to leave Simmons this year and the third in two months. In October, […]

The changing face of personal injury work

For many firms, general liability is not a comfortable field in which to practise. With major composites such as CGU, RSA, Iron Trades and Axa sharply reducing their panels, insurers are making higher and higher demands on fewer and fewer law firms. It is a sensitive issue for both law firm and client; no claims […]

It's been a bad week for…

The Lucans. Lord Lucan may have been officially declared dead but the family he left behind is still fighting. His widow, the Countess of Lucan, is accusing her son George Bingham of taking documents from her home while she was in hospital recovering from tranquilliser addiction. Bingham is believed to be writing a book proclaiming […]

Berwin Leighton web expert joins panel

Berwin Leighton partner Quentin Solt has been selected to sit on the panel of experts for First Tuesday, the networking club for internet entrepreneurs and funders. Corporate partner Solt says the firm is picking up business on the back of its involvement. “Where there are appropriate start-up companies we are prepared to work on a […]

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