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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.



Magic circle: doing the trick

International strategies pay off The magic circle showed a divided performance in the revenue tables for the 2011-12 financial year. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters both poste broadly flat turnovers, while Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance saw ­single-figure rises. The explanation for this seems clear: Freshfields and Linklaters are both highly exposed to […]

Nav Sunner

Wiggin lawyer joins Japanese gaming site for rush into Tech City

Wiggin’s computer games head has joined Tokyo-based gaming network GREE as a senior legal counsel in the UK. IP lawyer Nav Sunner, who joins GREE UK this week, has specialised in computer games law throughout his career, serving as head of legal at Codemasters before joining Pinsent Masons as an associate in 2005 (24 October […]

Solomon Wifa

O’Melveny and SJ Berwin join Burness on Lloyds’ £1bn private equity sell-off

O’Melveny & Myers and SJ Berwin led alongside Scottish firm Burness on Lloyds Banking Group’s sale of £1.05bn of private-equity assets to secondary specialist Coller Capital. Coller, the UK private equity group run by Jeremy Coller, acquired the investment portfolio for a fee of approximately £1.03bn, in one of the largest European secondary transactions to […]


Game for a laugh?

Employers may have created some risky precedents in their management of staff during the Olympic Games, says Anne Pritam Are you reading this as you work from home – authorised by a sympathetic manager? Has your supervising partner agreed you can sneak out of the office, because you got fab tickets for the evening event? […]


Baker & McKenzie expands Myanmar practice with new counsel hire

Baker & McKenzie has appointed its first Myanmar-qualified lawyer to its Bangkok-based Myanmar centre. Saw Yu Win joins Bakers as a senior counsel from Yangon-based Myanmar Thanlwin Legal Services, which is in association with Southeast Asia law firm DFDL Mekong. She has 15 years of experience advising foreign clients in cross-border investment in the energy, […]

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