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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.


Give the Lord Chancellor a break

Edward Garnier QC defends the position of the Lord Chancellor and discusses the unfair criticisism the Lord has attracted. Edward Garnier QC is the Conservative MP for Harborough and shadow attorney general. The past two weeks have not been kind to the Lord Chancellor. But the same could be said about almost every week the […]

Stephenson Harwood builds Chinese wall

Stephenson Harwood is building a Chinese wall to keep its silk away from its solicitors. Insolvency barrister John Higham QC joined the London firm in April. But he continued to be retained by a rival firm, which he refuses to name, working for the co-defendants in a piece of asset-tracing litigation in the Cayman Islands. […]

Camerons Hong Kong IPO team gets hat trick

CMS Cameron McKenna’s initial public offerings (IPO) team in Hong Kong has advised on three flotations in its first month in operation. The combined deals account for 75 per cent of new issues listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The first deal was the flotation of Cedar Base Electronics, where Camerons acted for sponsors […]

Lecturer counts cost of injunction ruling

Roger Pearson reports on the efforts of a university lecturer’s bid to challenge an order to pay unexpectedly high legal costs. A Cambridge University history lecturer is to challenge an award of legal costs made against her after she failed to obtain a court injunction against the university. Dr Gillian Evans, of the faculty of […]

Papering over the cracks

City solicitors are surprised by the Law Society president’s proposal to represent a unified legal profession. Claire Smith finds the City shouting ‘if you can’t handle what you’ve got, don’t take on more’ “Let us think the unthinkable,” said Law Society president Robert Sayer last week. “One unified legal profession, no more solicitors or barristers […]

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