International law firm Sidley Austin LLP has made a donation of US$25,000 to the Cayman Islands’ post-hurricane recovery efforts through the Cayman National Recovery Fund Foundation.
The announcement was made Tuesday by visiting representative of Sidley Austin LLP, attorney-at-law Joe Tompkins, who presented the cheque to the Trustees of the Cayman Islands National Recovery Fund.
The firm’s cash donation follows a substantial amount of pro bono work on behalf of the CINRF, in setting up the Fund’s Foundation last year and getting approval for its US tax-exempt status, which allows US donors to Foundation to claim a tax deduction.
Sidley Austin’s work on behalf of the National Recovery Fund was undertaken in conjunction with law firm Appleby Spurling Hunter through its Cayman Islands office and its attorney Carlos de Serpa Pimentel.
Moved by the restorative work taking place on national historic landmarks such as the Bodden Town Mission House, Sidley Austin is hoping that its donation will assist with projects like these. The funds will be administered by the National Recovery Fund.
‘Our close association with the Cayman Islands and the wonderful people with whom we do business here have moved us to assist with our services over the past year, and our donation at this time,’ Mr. Tompkins stated.
‘We applaud the remarkable efforts that have been made in restoring housing and public facilities from the tremendous destruction that Hurricane Ivan brought and we are pleased to make our own contribution to the continuing efforts to restore Grand Cayman to the prime business and residential destination that it has bee.’
Speaking on behalf of the National Recovery Fund, Vice Chairman Conor O’Dea, noted that Sidley Austin’s generosity to the Fund had been outstanding. ‘The Trustees welcome your further contribution at this time and thank you on behalf of all those who will benefit from these funds,’ he said.
Sidley Austin has been international legal council for the Cayman Islands Government since 1985.