Funds conference next week

There should be no shortage of topics for conversation for the delegates at the 2nd annual International Funds Conference when it returns to the Cayman Islands for a one day event on 9 January.

The conference will address current hot topics such as issues relating to the role of auditors and directors as well as with fund redemptions. However the focus of this year’s conference is not just on the risks, but also on the opportunities and solutions to the current market turmoil as investors look towards the future and plan their strategies.

Conference topics will cover a wide variety of subject including successful investing in times of turmoil, an update on Chapter 15 and the results of Bear Stearns, and the opportunities for financial services in today’s economy.

Anthony Akiwumi, head of litigation at Stuarts Walker Hersant is one of the speakers at the conference.

‘We are looking forward to an informative and lively conference, covering a wide range of very topical issues relevant to everyone that is involved in the Funds industry,’ he said.

SWH is one of three co-sponsors of this event, the other companies being Cayman National Fund Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Last year’s event, the first of its kind here in the Cayman Islands, was met with great enthusiasm and support; so much so that it quickly sold out.

‘We are encouraging those interested in attending this year to register their spaceā€¦’ said Chris Lumsden, head of fund services at Cayman National Financial Group.

According to David Walker, Partner at PwC, this year’s event has an equally prestigious roster of speakers as last year, drawing on the very best of local and international expertise.

‘It is a real testament to the success of our first conference that we have been able to secure such a talented and respected roster of speakers,’ he said.

This year’s international speakers are flying in from Bracewell and Guiliani in Connecticut; Morrison Foerster in San Francisco; Financial Examinations & Evaluations in Arizona; PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York; and from the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

The list of local presenters and panelists is equally as impressive, featuring Anthony Akiwumi of SWH; David Bree of dms Management Ltd; Gary Linford from DTMC; Chris Lumsden of CNFS; Tim Ridley; Martin Cook of the RCIPS; and Carlyle McLaughlin and Yolanda McCoy of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.


More information on the conference, including speaker bios, the agenda and the registration form are available online at; or by calling Michelle Carter at Tower Marketing on 623-6712.