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SNP crony row as boss of failed resort buys it back on cheap

By Ian Fraser and Michael Tait Published: The Mail on Sunday Date: February 22nd, 2010 AN SNP donor whose ski resort went bust owing the taxpayer millions of pounds has been allowed to buy it back in a cut-price deal. The Aviemore complex, which was jointly owned by Nationalist supporter Donald Macdonald, collapsed last summer. […]

February 21st, 2010 | Posted in Article Library,Investigations,Latest Articles | Read More »


By Ian Fraser Published: CA Magazine Date: December 1st, 2009 Bank of Scotland’s office on the Mound remains fog-bound Potential vendors are waiting for a recovery, potential acquirers are waiting for the bottom of the market and, as Ian Fraser reports, corporate finance professionals are waiting for dealflow to pick up Scotland’s dealmakers have had […]

December 1st, 2009 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Scottish Agenda: The revolving door that shuts out taxpayers

By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Times Date: July 19th, 2009 Is the taxpayer losing out in pre-packaged administrations that leave state-owned banks swallowing debts? Can we call pre-packaged administrations — which allow professional advisers quickly to put a company into administration, wipe out its debts then immediately sell it on — a fair means […]

July 19th, 2009 | Posted in Article Library | Read More »

Are ‘Big Four’ accountants a waste of space?

Updated April 5th 2009 From the evidence submitted to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry into the banking crisis, one might conclude that the profession of accountancy as practiced in the UK is past its sell-by date, clinging to the vestiges of power and influence by its fingernails and in urgent need of reform. This tallies […]

April 5th, 2009 | Posted in Blog | Read More »

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