The ESG yardstick: what does your company stand for?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming more-prominent yardsticks, against which both investors and customers evaluate the performance and ‘personality’ of a firm. Steve Holt explains how responding appropriately to ESG concerns can add value to your business.

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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.

Machine learning: A vital tool for surviving the data deluge

By Kevin Shergold, Vijay Rathour, Nick Rich The reality of modern investigative practice is a tsunami of data, and less time or budget to get to the truth than ever before. Traditional linear review, even augmented by full text search, is no longer adequate for the task. How machine learning works Fortunately, computer hardware has advanced to the […]

Choppy waters ahead for consumer finance lenders

By Chris Laverty, Shaun O’Callaghan and Alex Ellerton Lenders must consider business viability a priority when identifying the impact of impending market and regulatory challenges. Here are three areas to watch…

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European Access Plan: Your gateway to business in the EU

On 24 December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and, under the Brexit agreement, is now a third country to the EU, outside both the single market and customs union. The change means that UK-EU cross-border business activities are now subject to a number of trade barriers, including adjusted and strengthened border controls and additional administrative work.

Costs risk in appeals from the Irish tax appeals commission

The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act, 2015 introduced a new architecture for the hearing and determination of tax appeals. Amongst other changes, the Tax Appeals Commission (the “TAC”) replaced the Appeal Commissioners, with appeals directly to the High Court only on question(s) of law arising from the TAC’s determination (a ‘case stated’), rather than to the Circuit Court on the basis of a full rehearing of the tax appeal.

EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.

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