CMA: Pandemic Profiteering – take aim then hesitate

Disturbing stories are emerging of competition law abuse, including profiteering on essential products, highlighting significant gaps in existing regulatory powers. Some countries have introduced tough temporary powers, but the UK seems to be hesitating.

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The GDPR has just celebrated its second birthday and, to mark the occasion, the European Commission (‘EC’) has published an assessment of its effectiveness so far. While praising the ground-breaking data protection leviathan for what it has achieved to date, the EC has admitted that more needs to be done, particularly in the field of […]

Emerging from COVID-19: an opportunity for prosecutors?

When it was recently reported that the SFO had not conducted an interview or executed a search warrant since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, some commentators began to question whether this really was the end.

Data protection – another Covid-19 casualty?

To lengthen the odds of a second infection wave, countries have been exploring how to harness technology to automate contact-tracing of those potentially infected with the virus, releasing the remainder of the population to go about daily life. Though simple-sounding, such technology is far from straightforward.

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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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