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Travers Thorp Alberga

Travers Thorpe Alberga has recruited Nicole Pineda, the partner at Walkers responsible for the development and management of its Latin American Finance practice.

Ms Pineda starts at Travers Thorp Alberga immediately and will be the partner in charge of its newly formed Latin American practice group.

Ms Pineda, an Oxford graduate and fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese speaker, said, “I am excited to take my practice to Travers Thorp Alberga, which has a refreshing and exciting approach and a core philosophy which is much more in keeping with the current global environment.”

Senior Partner Anthony Travers said, “Nicole is the very best of the offshore lawyers in the Latin American arena with a terrific and established reputation and this move will give us instant traction in Latin America. There will always be room at this firm for a quality lawyer with a proven track record and the right personality.”

Ritch & Conolly

Ritch & Conolly donated $1,000 to Meals on Wheels. The funds were accepted by Beulah McField on behalf of Meals on Wheels which is a nonprofit organisation that produces and delivers nutritious hot meals and smiles to home bound, frail, and elderly people and also those with physical and mental disabilities.

The organisation has been operating for more than 15 years and is manned by a small number of staff who prepare the meals and volunteers who donate their time and vehicles to deliver the meals in Grand Cayman.


After some persuasion from partners and colleagues, KPMG audit manager Ronnie Calligeros agreed to lose some of his long locks for charity.

Reluctant to lose all of his hair, Mr. Calligeros agreed that he would only shave it all if $5,000 was raised for charity. The initiative was launched at KPMG’s recent Christmas party with the hope that partners and staff would commit to this target amount in the following week. However, the plan changed when partners and staff committed to $10,000 in less than 30 minutes. After a hairdresser arrived with clippers in hand, an unprepared and slightly apprehensive Mr. Calligeros said goodbye to his pride and joy.

Donations continued to come in over the following days and the total reached $12,200. KPMG and Mr. Calligeros handed over a cheque to Michael Myles to support his programme for at-risk children.

Mr. Calligeros said, “Having recently been involved with a number of youth programmes myself, I have noticed how much of an effect someone can have on a young person’s life. Educating the youth of our community helps to empower and motivate them to contribute to their society. Although I feel slightly colder now and have to worry about the risk of a sun burned head, I am so glad to have made a difference.”

Mr. Myles thanked KPMG for making a significant difference to the programme. “The Ministry of Education continues to be excited about the partnership with KPMG. The Extended After School Programme ‘It takes a village’ provides many wonderful opportunities for approximately 1,400 students to be engaged in wholesome activities while being provided with quality structure for persons who care about them.”

Anthony Cowell, partner and head of community at KPMG, said Mr. Myles’ programme for at-risk children is one that is essential for less fortunate children of the Cayman Islands.

“We look forward to seeing the programme develop and continue to make a positive difference to these children’s lives,” he said.


LIME corporate account manager Sandy Whittaker is the recipient of this year’s LIME General Manager’s Award for Excellence. The award is given to an exceptional performer who is selected from a list of nominations made by the senior managers in the business. It recognises qualities such as a positive “can-do” approach, customer centricity, professionalism, ownership and accountability, as well as involvement in the community.

“This year’s recipient has displayed all of the above qualities plus many more,” said Tony Ritch, general manager, LIME Cayman Islands. “[Sandy Whittaker] has mastered the art of sales, she is a strong negotiator and she is renowned as a hunter with a keen eye for new business development and opportunities.

“She is tenacious, relentless and is very passionate about our business,” Mr. Ritch added. “She is also all about heart when it comes to colleagues and community. She is usually the first to volunteer for any LIME community projects and staff engagement programmes. She has been a beacon of strength and her energy, passion and love for customers, staff and community sets extraordinary standards. She is a very worthy recipient.”

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