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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.


Taylor Wessing adds Orrick partner to finance team

Taylor Wessing has boosted its finance practice with the hire of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Elisabeth Gaunt. Gaunt, who joined the US firm in 2008, has a broad banking practice that covers the telecoms, trade and cash products and receivables sectors. She starts at Taylor Wessing today. Gaunt said in a statement: “Joining a […]

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London Capital Group hires legal chief from Axiom

Financial spread betting and contract for difference provider London Capital Group (LCG) has appointed a group legal counsel from Axiom Legal. Martin Creek, who spent six years as a lawyer in Slaughter and May’s corporate practice before going in house, joins LCG from Axiom. At Axiom he was seconded to Castle Trust, UBS Investment Bank […]

Addleshaws recruits Chadbourne’s Pring in litigation push

Addleshaw Goddard has raided US firm Chadbourne & Parke for insurance disputes partner Mark Pring. The hire is expected to underline Addleshaws’ international expertise ahead of its planned openings in Dubai and Singapore (24 May 2011). Both offices will focus solely on expanding the firm’s  international arbitration capability after a particularly successful year for the practice. Pring spent […]

Case of the week: Civil procedure

Madoff Securities International Ltd v Kohn (2011) EWHC 3102. QBD Commercial Court. Flaux J. 25 November 2011 CommentaryStephen Gentle and Richard Foss This latest round in Madoff-related litigation comprised three interloc-utory applications before Mr Justice Flaux in the Commercial Court. Of particular interest was the application by defendant Sonya Kohn and one of her defendant […]

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Cases in point

The top cases of 2011 show why London is still the centre of the litigation world – and why it is likely to stay that way. By Katy Dowell The Lawyer’s pick of the leading cases of 2011 was notable for their complexity and armies of legal teams. Such was the size of some of […]

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