Lobbyists to speak at industry dinner

Two Washington-based lobbyists will explain to local financial services professionals how the industry is perceived on Capitol Hill and what steps are being taken to combat the negative publicity Cayman is receiving.

Guests at the first Cayman Islands Financial Services Association business dinner on 7 July will hear of efforts being made in Washington to tackle the negative perceptions about the islands’ role as an offshore financial centre.

The speakers will be Jack Quinn and Manuel Oritz, the drivers behind Washington-based lobbyist firm Quinn Gillespie and Associates, who have been retained by the financial services association.

Event organiser and vice chairman of the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association, Eduardo D’Angelo P. Silva, said the dinner was an opportunity to hear ‘first hand how Cayman is perceived in Washington, the challenges we face, and the strategies being used to address them’.

He added: ‘In the wake of a lot of recent negative publicity, CIFSA is a major proponent of Cayman’s financial services industry among international audiences and is playing a critical part in enhancing its reputation on the world stage.’

Jack Quinn is the co-founder and chairman of Quinn Gillespie and Associates and is the firm’s chief strategist.

He has been a long-time advisor to Democratic leaders and has been counsel to numerous Democratic campaigns. He served as counsel to the President Bill Clinton from November 1995 to February 1997.

Manuel Ortiz is a leading Democratic strategist who helps corporate clients negotiate Washington’s changing environment. He is also an advisor to corporate leaders in developing advocacy style campaigns to help achieve their goals.

The event follows a series of business luncheons hosted by the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association last year, during which influential industry figures, such as the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund, addressed a range of issues before Cayman’s own financial services community.

The dinner will be held at the Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday, 7July.

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