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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.


A delicate balance

With uncertainty over how the law can be used to combat content piracy in the video games industry, Paul Groves and Michael Lister examine the position of rights holders There is currently a great deal of uncertainty about how, and how effectively, the law can be used to combat content piracy, particularly within the video […]

Sandra Cassels

Move On Up: Burness

At a firm where promotions have been scarce, a new staff-focused HR policy should shake things up

Sean Gorman

Dewey suffers more departures as Houston chief quits

Houston managing partner Sean Gorman is the latest lawyer to walk out of New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, taking three of the firm’s litigation associates with him. Gorman, who handles high-risk business disputes, has joined local litigation boutique Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing (AZA) as a partner. On the firm’s website, Gorman […]

Monckton leads as Nokia prepares for price-fixing showdown

Mobile phone giant Nokia has been given permission to take a damages claim to trial, with a team from Monckton Chambers preparing to argue that its client has been the victim of an alleged price-fixing cartel. Monckton’s Christopher Vajda QC, Paul Harris QC and Ben Raymond were instructed by Bird & Bird partner Gerry Kamstra […]

Midnight mini-boom

Stamp duty hike has private client lawyers in a wine-bar whirl A number of property lawyers were reported to be thrashing out late-night deals in wine bars following last Wednesday’s Budget. Desperate to help clients avoid the midnight stamp duty increase on homes worth more than £2m, hasty negotiations created a mini-boom for quick-moving property […]

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