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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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The long read: Why your paralegals hate you

The paralegal remains one of the most ill-defined jobs in the legal profession. Exclusive research by Lawyer 2B has found long hours, poor pay and dangling the “carrot” of a training contract could create serious problems for UK firms.

Gowling WLG advises on Convergys acquisition of BUW

Convergys Corporation, a leader in customer management, will acquire Germany-based and owner-operated BUW for €123m, subject to certain adjustments and regulatory approvals. Gowling WLG partner Dr Andreas Woelfle – together with new partner Manuela Finger (IP/IT and Commercial) – advised Convergys on all aspects of the acquisition, supporting the company in expanding its global footprint into the German […]

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