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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.



Big bucks to the fore as Lucas shuns Weil for Kirkland

Is any lawyer worth busting your firm’s compensation structure for? Perhaps one with a reputation for being at the absolute pinnacle of their niche in the market? This is the quandary with which Weil Gotshal & Manges was faced back in 2011, when it hired Linklaters’ partner Stephen Lucas to head its City banking practice. […]

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Ashurst former senior partner hired as strategic adviser by Chinese ally

Ashurst’s former senior partner Geoffrey Green has been appointed as a strategic adviser by its Chinese alliance firm Guantao as the firm puts its long-term strategy under review. Green, who was as Ashurst’s senior partner between 1998 and 2008, will advise Guantao on management, strategic planning and business development issues. The part-time role will not […]

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You’re hired! Lord Sugar instructs Herbies in £1.3m Kingsley Napley prof neg claim

Lord Alan Sugar has hit Kinglsey Napley with a £1.3m professional negligence claim over an allegedly botched property deal, according to papers filed at the High Court. Sugar’s real estate company, Amsprop, has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to launch the case against the firm. Kingsley Napley, meanwhile, has instructed RPC to defend the case.  […]

Allen & Overy hires CEE/CIS/SEE specialist to its banking and finance practice

Allen & Overy has announced the hiring of Attila K Csongrady as counsel to join the firm’s CEE English law banking and finance practice headed by Warsaw-based partner Dan Cocker.  Csongrady is qualified in England, Wales and New York and advises commercial and investment banks, private equity houses, sponsors and companies on a range of […]

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