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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&O, Hogan Lovells on opposite sides of Catalina’s Glacier purchase

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Hogan Lovells advised on Catalina Holdings’ ­acquisition of Swiss-based reinsurer Glacier. Hogan Lovells London banking partner Stuart Brinkworth, recently ­featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 2011, led the team ­acting for Barclays and Lloyds TSB on the financing for the deal. Milan finance head Paul Flanagan led for A&O, advising longstanding client Catalina […]

Backtrack for the future

The last year has seen a pretty unprecedented overhaul by the Coalition of the previous Government’s legacy. From public sector targets to ASBOs, it’s a question of all change in public policy. But will the Government have to backtrack on one of its most controversial decisions – that of halting planned investment in new schools […]

Pinsents targets construction work with Chinese tie-up

Pinsent Masons has formed an alliance with a Chinese firm so that it can expand the amount of construction clients it acts for. Pinsents has signed an agreement with Beijing Hesen Law Firm, which is led by construction lawyers Ye Wanhe and Elvis Zhou. This alliance is in addition to three of its own offices […]

Eduardo Leite

Carnival atmosphere gives Bakers the platform to schmooze clients

Global model hammered home by arrival of Brazilian chairman. By Matt Byrne  The room in which The Lawyer meets Baker & Mckenzie’s new global chairman Eduardo Leite sitting alongside London head Gary Senior is dominated by a huge yellow-and-white painting of aeroplanes. The title? ­Taking off. It might be stretching the metaphor to breaking […]

Alan Hanson:Ashurst

What time do you start work each day?  As soon as I’ve finished my first cup of coffee. Name: Alan HansonFirm: AshurstPosition: PR adviserLives: Hong Kong What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job? In my very first week at Ashurst, I was asked to compile a report of the previous […]

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