Funds Conference in January

A popular event now making its mark on Cayman’s conference calendar is back for 2010.

The third annual International Funds Conference hosted by Stuarts Attorneys will take place in the Cayman Islands on 14 January at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The theme of the conference is ‘Global Transparency – Meeting the Challenge’, and the event features an impressive list of guest speakers. CIMA chairman and former financial secretary George McCarthy will deliver the opening address.

‘The International Funds Conference has built a strong reputation within the industry on the foundations of its relevant content and very high calibre of speakers,’ said Stuarts Managing Director, Andrew Hersant.

‘Our aim is to foster continued dialogue within the industry through our international funds conference, in order to enhance understanding between onshore practitioners and their offshore counterparts based in the Cayman Islands.’

The 2010 conference will mark the first year of The William Walker Memorial Presentation. Mr. Walker, a well-recognised and influential pioneer in the Cayman Islands’ financial industry, was the founder of Stuarts Attorneys.

This year’s featured speaker for the William Walker Memorial Presentation is Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University.

Mr. Bacevich has been a fellow of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

He will be speaking on the subject of US imperialism and its effect on international affairs.

Also presenting at the conference will be Professor Andrew P. Morriss of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Richard Rahn and Dan Mitchell of the CATO institute, who will speak on ‘US Regulation and Legislation – The Macro Picture’.

Other presentations include a look at international tax developments and implications by Joe Field, International Partner with Withers Hong Kong; an examination of US, EU & UK regulatory perspectives by Stephen Ball, Partner with Bryan Cave, London. and John A. Brunjes, Partner with Bracewell & Giuliani; and a review of new developments in international corruption and asset recovery by Professor Mark Vlasic of Georgetown University’s Institute for International Law & Politics.

Well-known local speakers will include Timothy Ridley, former chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority; Information Commissioner, Jennifer Dilbert; Auditor General, Dan Duguay; and Head of Litigation at Stuarts Attorneys, Anthony Akiwumi.

The 2010 conference will also feature panel discussions on topics including, Transparency in the Public Sector; Cayman Islands Regulatory Developments; and Transparency in the Private Sector.

The International Funds Conference 2010 is being supported by insolvency specialists, Krys & Associates, with a cocktail reception immediately following the conference being sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Cayman Finance. Cayman Free Press is the conference media sponsor.

Conference host Stuarts is a client-oriented legal practice offering a full range of corporate and commercial legal advice. They have a proven track-record in advising leading international law firms, investment managers, investment companies and high-net-worth individuals.

For more information on the International Funds Conference, or to register to attend, visit