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The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown have thrown into sharp relief the benefits of a robust IT infrastructure and the ability to work flexibly to provide smooth client services in times which are anything but ordinary. In this article, partner James Fox looks at the technology being used to support clients.

European Parliament adopts the Taxonomy Regulation

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What your Chinese private clients want to know and why

A number of questions that are frequently asked by Chinese clients which are often the product of specific cultural and social factors. Private wealth advisors should be aware of these questions, not only to ensure they have answers prepared, but also as a key to understanding the culture and background of their client.

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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.

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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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The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced its list of preferred counsel, instructed to support the Commission’s equality and human rights work through strategic public interest litigation in the UK and European courts. Five counsel appointed are from leading set No5 Barristers’ Chambers and their areas of expertise include public law, civil liberties, immigration and […]

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Travers goes against the tide with reduced promotions round

While the majority of firms have announced their biggest partnership rounds in recent years, Travers Smith’s new intake of four is half the size of its bumper announcement in 2018. Travers has promoted four to partner; disputes lawyer Alexa Day, as well as pensions lawyer Andy Lewis and Michael Raymond in the financial services team. […]

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Three firms seal £70m sale of toy store Hamleys

Slaughter and May has won the lead mandate for an Indian conglomerate as it agreed terms to buy toy emporium Hamleys for £70m. Reliance Brands, owned by Mukesh Ambani, sealed the deal to expand his retail footprint by acquiring Hamleys from China’s C Banner International, which had purchased it in 2015. This is the fourth […]

Osborne Clarke unveils eight-strong promotions round

Osborne Clarke has made up eight new partners in the UK, including one who completed the process during her maternity leave and two that work on a part-time basis. The firm’s new cohort means Osborne Clarke now boasts a partnership of more than 260 for the first time in the firm’s history with a handful […]

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