Business in brief

Reef Resort now part of Wyndham brand

The Reef Resort in East End has joined the North American Wyndham brand and is now called the Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman.

Kel Thompson, director of Wyndham Reef Resort, said, “Becoming a full Wyndham property means we have a reach into a market we never had before. The recognition of the brand cannot be over-estimated.”

The Reef Resort was previously a Wyndham Affiliate and has undergone a year-long renovation and rejuvenation effort.

Mr. Thompson said the structural and organizational renovations were made to ensure the resort complied with the high standards set by Wyndham.

“It was a team effort,” he said. “I am incredibly proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication, which resulted in the best possible outcome for our owners and guests – being awarded the prestigious Wyndham name.”

Campbells appoints partner

Mark Goodman has been appointed to the partnership at Campbells as of April 1.

Mr. Goodman is an experienced commercial litigator and a member of the firm’s litigation, insolvency and restructuring practice.

He joined Campbells in 2013 after having worked in the London office of a leading national firm and subsequently a boutique commercial firm.

Mr. Goodman specializes in insolvency and investment fund litigation and has specific experience with regard to distressed investment fund scenarios, acting for funds, their directors, liquidators and other service providers in a wide range of multi-jurisdictional disputes and crisis situations.

Samson and McGrath names new partners

Benjamin Tonner and James Kennedy have been made new partners at Cayman Islands law firm Samson & McGrath.

Mr. Kennedy joined the firm in 2007 and his main areas of practice are civil and commercial litigation. He regularly handles contractual disputes, personal injury matters, insolvency and employment related matters. He has considerable experience litigating in the fields of trusts, probate, and construction law.

Mr. Tonner has been a member of the firm since its inception in 2005. During the last 10 years, his practice has covered all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution at all levels up to and including the Privy Council.

Most recently, Mr. Tonner’s practice has been characterized by high-profile white-collar work, contentious trusts, insolvency and regulatory matters.

Ogier appoints new partner

New partner Ulrich Payne joins Ogier’s dispute resolution team from Kirkwood & Ellis International in London, where he was a partner. He also has previous experience at London firms Simmons & Simmons and Lovells.

Mr. Payne is an experienced litigator with a background in highly complex international disputes, usually with a financial element, the firm said.

New CISPA board appointed

The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants appointed a new president and board in March.

Baron Jacob, financial services partner with EY, was elected president. Serge Berube, a partner at Deloitte was elected vice president. Norm McGregor (Deloitte) and Mike Mannisto (EY) were re-elected as treasurer and secretary, respectively. They are joined by council members Simon Conway (PwC), Joel Dodson (KPMG), Chris Gauk (EY), James George (BDO), Sheenah Hislop (KPMG), Ben Leung (PKF), Ian Lomas (RSM), Colin Nicholson (KPMG), Mike Penner (Deloitte), Peter Small (PwC) and Graeme Sunley (PwC).

The organization is responsible for regulating and promoting the accountancy profession in the Cayman Islands.