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  1. FT Alphaville

    July 31, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Most hedge funds fail: Clarity is the enemy of profitable finance, says Dan. But...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Fighting Tchenguiz case could cost SFO £18.5m

    The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has estimated it will need to spend around £18.5m – over half its annual budget – fighting a...

  1. February 20, 2014

    Grant Thornton pair fail to block release of Tchenguiz documents

    Two individuals from Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm, have failed in their attempt to block a ruling that ordered the...

  2. July 28, 2013

    Grant Thornton accused of wrongdoing in Tchenguiz case

    Grant Thornton has been accused of maliciously misleading the UK’s anti-fraud prosecutor and potentially perverting the...

  3. July 11, 2013

    Grant Thornton prepares legal action against SFO over Tchenguiz reports

    The Serious Fraud Office’s court battle with the Tchenguiz brothers has taken another twist after it emerged Grant Thornton,...

  4. April 10, 2013

    Vincent Tchenguiz in new legal wrangle

    Vincent Tchenguiz, the property mogul who is suing the Serious Fraud Office with his brother for damages totalling £300m, is...

  5. March 27, 2013

    SFO criticised over Tchenguiz delays

    The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has suffered another stinging judicial rebuke over “unacceptable” delays in the agency’s...

  6. March 17, 2013

    Ex-SFO chief apologises for exit payments

    A former director of the Serious Fraud Office has offered his “deep and unreserved apology” to a parliamentary committee for...

  7. March 7, 2013

    Ex-SFO director criticised at hearing

    The extent of recent mismanagement at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office was laid bare during a bruising parliamentary hearing...

  8. March 7, 2013

    MPs lambast ex-head of SFO over staff payments

    MPs told the director of the Serious Fraud Office to recoup £15,000 from his predecessor rather than the taxpayer during a...

  9. March 5, 2013

    SFO disputes Tchenguiz damages claim

    The Serious Fraud Office has issued a strong rebuttal to claims that it abused its powers and acted “recklessly” during its...

  10. February 28, 2013

    SFO asks for more time in Tchenguiz case

    The Serious Fraud Office has asked for more time to prepare its defence against the £300m damages claim being sought by the...

  11. February 27, 2013

    SFO hires Slaughters for Tchenguiz case

    The Serious Fraud Office has swapped its usual lawyers in favour of one of the City’s most prestigious and expensive legal...

  12. December 3, 2012

    Tchenguiz brothers seek up to £180m from SFO

    The Tchenguiz brothers will on Monday ask the Serious Fraud Office for damages running into hundreds of millions of pounds...

  13. November 29, 2012

    Tchenguiz nears motorway services sale

    Robert Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, is close to selling £300m worth of service stations as he continues to dismantle the...

  14. October 15, 2012

    Tchenguiz case shows chest hair is no crime

    It is no surprise that the Serious Fraud Office has dropped an investigation into Robert Tchenguiz. The agency’s...

  15. October 15, 2012

    SFO drops Tchenguiz and Kaupthing probes

    The UK’s main fraud-busting agency has dropped its high-profile investigation into the collapse of Kaupthing, the Icelandic...

  16. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2012

    Weekend news catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media:* From The FT, -      Talks on a Eurozone banking union have run into...

  17. September 15, 2012

    SFO drops bail against Robert Tchenguiz

    The Serious Fraud Office has withdrawn police bail conditions from Robert Tchenguiz, representing a possible change in...

  18. August 22, 2012

    SFO seeks to reclaim some of Nadir costs

    The Serious Fraud Office will try to claw back some of the £3m of taxpayer money it has spent on bringing Asil Nadir to...

  19. August 10, 2012

    Case gave insight into Barclay brothers’ work

    This weekend three of London’s most luxurious hotels – Claridge’s, the Berkeley Hotel and the Connaught – are playing host...

  20. July 31, 2012

    Tchenguiz warrants ruled unlawful

    The Serious Fraud Office has suffered another blow to its high-profile investigation into the businessman Robert Tchenguiz...

  21. May 28, 2012

    SFO raids fall in wake of Tchenguiz

    Britain’s main fraud-busting agency failed to conduct a single raid on a property in the last financial year in a sign that...

  22. May 24, 2012

    Tchenguiz lawyers criticise SFO

    The Serious Fraud Office is facing the prospect of a hefty damages claim from Vincent Tchenguiz after a three-day court...

  23. May 23, 2012

    Non-disclosure claim in Tchenguiz case

    A meeting between the solicitor for Robert Tchenguiz and the director of the Serious Fraud Office, during which offers of...

  24. May 23, 2012

    Non-disclosure claim in Tchenguiz case

    A meeting between the solicitor for Robert Tchenguiz and the director of the Serious Fraud Office, during which offers of...

  25. April 30, 2012

    Finance and fraud: Serious shortcomings

    Lord Justice Thomas had heard enough. One of Britain’s most senior judges had sat through two hours of excuses from the...

  26. March 27, 2012

    Potential Coroin buyers revealed to court

    Robert Tchenguiz, the property entrepreneur and a group of Malaysian investors as well as the Qatari royal family were among...

  27. February 23, 2012

    Iceland’s Kaupthing probe leads to charges

    The Icelandic probe into the collapse of Kaupthing Bank in 2008 made a big leap forward this week just as the UK’s Serious...

  28. February 22, 2012

    Errors threaten SFO’s reputation

    The litany of mistakes admitted by t he Serious Fraud Office over its investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers would be...

  29. February 22, 2012

    Former Kaupthing chiefs indicted

    The former chief executive and chairman of Kaupthing Bank have been formally indicted on charges of fraud and market...

  30. September 18, 2011

    M&B’s acting chief distances himself from Lewis

    Jeremy Blood, the acting chief executive of Mitchells & Butlers, has sought to distance himself from Joe Lewis, the...

  31. September 13, 2011

    Lewis takes closer look at M&B brands

    Aged 74, Joe Lewis shows no signs of settling for the peaceful life. Aviva, his seven-suite, 68m superyacht is moored along...

  32. September 13, 2011

    Standard Life blasts Piedmont over M&B offer

    Standard Life has accused Piedmont, the investment vehicle of the Bahamas-based currency trader Joe Lewis, of creating...

  33. May 11, 2011

    Tchenguiz in legal challenge over UK raids

    Companies linked to Vincent Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, have filed for a judicial review into the Serious Fraud Office...

  34. March 29, 2011

    UK and Iceland in raid on Kaupthing premises

    Police in Luxembourg have raided premises related to Iceland’s failed Kaupthing Bank in a joint operation with the UK...

  35. March 23, 2011

    Tchenguiz SFO inquiry chief quits

    The Serious Fraud Office case manager in charge of investigating the role of the Tchenguiz brothers in the collapse of...

  36. March 14, 2011

    Key messages emerge at Cannes shindig

    The annual Mipim property conference in Cannes serves as a barometer for sentiment in the sector – there are few secrets...

  37. March 14, 2011

    Robert Tchenguiz lashes out at SFO

    Robert Tchenguiz has launched an outspoken attack on the Serious Fraud Office over his arrest last week. He threatened the...

  38. March 14, 2011

    Tchenguiz arm goes into administration

    The holding company of Vincent Tchenguiz’s property management arm was forced into administration by its board on Monday,...

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