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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.



Chinese firms continue expansion into Hong Kong

It’s nearly 14 years since Hong Kong (HK) returned to Chinese sovereignty, but so far there are only 20 Chinese firms have opened an office in the special administrative region. Beijing-headquartered Longan is the latest to join the party teaming up with local firm Hui & Lam to launch in the jurisdiction. Legacy King & […]

No5’s planning group enters into sponsorship deal to support TCPA’s Garden City principles

No5 Chambers’ planning group has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with the objective of supporting the association’s Garden City principles. The Garden City initiative is concerned with providing planned settlements for the 21st century, which enhance the natural environment providing a foundation for high-quality, inclusive places to […]

Tim Bratton

Advise, don’t execute

LOD’s Tim Bratton puts the case for GCs as the biggest influencers of the future of the law. Take note if you want to be inside the tent We regularly read that the legal profession is on the edge of revolution.  We are told that in one corner stand the revolutionists (Reinvent Law London is […]

European 100: which firms are thriving and which merely surviving?

After months of research, chasing firms for figures and crunching numbers, The Lawyer European 100 2014 was published this week. With the Eurozone finally nudging out of recession, the results show that a measure of confidence has returned to some European markets. After a difficult 2012, for instance, French firms by and large had extremely […]

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