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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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BLP, Nabarro and Herbies among key advisers on £770m deal to kick-start stalled Pinnacle development

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DAC Beachcroft (DACB), Nabarro, Macfarlanes, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Linklaters have played key roles in the £770m sovereign wealth deal expected to resurrect the Pinnacle at 22-24 Bishopsgate. Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Tamasek Holdings is understood to be the principle member of the buying consortium of four investors, lead by […]

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Quinn Emanuel reports 33 per cent increase in London revenue for 2014

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has reported a 33 per cent bounceback in London office revenue for 2014, with turnover rising to £26.2m from £19.8m in 2013. The increase in revenue follows a 28 per cent drop in turnover between 2012 and 2013 (5 March 2014). In 2012 Quinn Emanuel recorded London turnover of £27.5m […]

Wragges advises Société Générale Capital Partners on leveraged buyout

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s private equity team in Paris has advised longstanding client Société Générale Capital Partners, in partnership with Sagard and Euromezzanine, on the leveraged buyout of specialty chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan from Parquest Capital. The buyout, for a confidential sum, will see management take a majority stake in the business and has been […]

Scotland

Burness Paull and Levy & McRae face legal action over collapse of $400m hedge fund

Scottish firms Burness Paull and Levy & McRae are facing legal action from the liquidators of Heather Capital over their involvement in the collapse of the $400m hedge fund. Heather Capital is the now defunct offshore financial empire run by Scottish lawyer turned hedge-fund entrepreneur Gregory King that folded following the financial crisis in 2008. […]

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St John, Farringdon

We’d escaped to the Beckford Arms at the weekend, a gastropub with rooms, deep in the heart of the West Country. Run by boys who look like they should be in a Boden catalogue, it’s well worth a visit. We don’t stay in the body of the pub because set in the heart of the […]

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