Business in brief

Harneys

Harneys has added senior associate Jayson Wood to its Cayman Islands Litigation and Insolvency Department. Mr. Wood has more than 20 years of legal experience in all aspects of corporate and insolvency litigation, with particular expertise in hedge fund collapses, shareholder disputes, corporate fraud, receiverships/liquidations, asset preservation and corporate reconstruction.

Marco Martins, managing partner of Harneys Cayman said, “Jayson is a senior litigation lawyer who will be a considerable asset for the team as we continue to expand the Cayman practice. He has worked on many of the largest and most complex liquidations, shareholder disputes and restructurings in the jurisdiction.”

Mr. Wood acted as the lead attorney in a high profile $3.5 billion reconstruction of a HKSE listed Cayman Islands company. His recent experience includes working as a litigator at Appleby in Cayman. Previously, he worked in the British Virgin Islands for Conyers.

Mr. Wood is the author of the Cayman chapter of Green on Shareholder Claims (Jordans 2012), and is a regular contributor to several hedge fund and insolvency publications.

CIMA

Sharon Marshall, a public relations executive with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, has won a Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators.

The Gold Quill was awarded in the Communications Skills Division in the category of Special Events – External, for communications management of the 42nd annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank, which took place in the Cayman Islands in May 2012.

Ms Marshall was in charge of CDB’s public relations at that time, and wrote the strategic communication plan, which emphasised the long-standing relationship between CDB and Cayman.

Ms Marshall has been employed with CIMA since March of this year, heading the Authority’s Public Relations Unit.

Chairman of the IABC 2013 Gold Quill Awards, Tim Buckley, said, “The Gold Quill Awards Gala celebrates the best and brightest in global business communication.”
The award is to be presented at this year’s Gold Quill Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference in New York City on Monday, 24 June.

IABC is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organisational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 14,000 communication professionals in 70 countries.

DMS

DMS is organising its third annual garage sale in support of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. The garage sale takes place on Saturday, 1 June, at Kirk Supermarket’s parking lot from 6 to 9am.

DMS encourages the community to do a little spring cleaning at home and to come out and participate. Participating vendors contribute $25 to reserve their space to sell for the morning and they get to keep whatever they earn for the day. To raise additional awareness, DMS Broadcasting donates a campaign leading up to the day and broadcasts live on the day of the event. Saxon MG and DMS staff also coordinate a booth of donated items to sell and raise money for the shelter.

This year a game of “Adoption Lotto” will also be taking place during the garage sale. There will be a bin of fun cuddly numbered plush cats and dogs, which can be purchased for $5. Each will have a corresponding random prize assigned to it. The DMS Gives Back committee is looking for business members of the community to make donations of prizes to support these efforts both small and large prizes are needed.

Last year, the DMS Gives Back committee raised $1,250 through booth registration fees, selling donated items and the raffle. DMS then matched the funds collected, culminating in a total of $2500 donated for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. The funds raised from this year’s garage sale will be used for the Humane Society’s latest spay and neuter campaign initiative.

Please contact [email protected] to reserve your space, donate raffle prizes or for more information.

Chamber of Commerce

In May, fourteen participants completed the one-day HR Compliance training session: “Fundamentals of Employment Contracts”. The course was presented by the Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Development & Training Centre in partnership with the Department of Labour & Pensions and the ministry responsible for employment.

The course was facilitated by Mario Ebanks, director of the Department of Labour and Pensions. It focused on developing legal and compliant employment contracts.

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