Business in brief

Free small business workshops 

The first in a series of free monthly workshops to assist micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Chamber of Commerce conference room in Governors Square beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

“Strategies for Effective Debt Collection” will provide small businesses with the available options to improve payment, debt re-structuring and negotiation and a range of options that are available through litigation. The one-hour workshop will be presented by attorney Kerrie Cox, an associate with Diamond Law Attorneys. 

The workshop is open to any micro and small business operating in the Cayman Islands. Seating is limited to the first 20 persons. There will be handouts available after the workshop and a question and answer period. 

“These free after-hours workshops are intended to provide … useful information that can help business owners and managers to improve all aspects of business,” said Chamber CEO Wil Pineau. “The development of the SME sector is vitally important to the Cayman Islands economy and small businesses are urged to attend.” 

Ogier awards annual scholarship in Cayman Islands 

Ogier’s 2015 scholarship has been awarded to Tania Smith. 

Ms. Smith recently completed her LL.B (Honours) degree from the University of Liverpool. She has undertaken two internships, with Ogier and Beretta Godoy, gaining practical experience in private offshore financial and legal practices and has now commenced her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, London. 

“Tania has fully committed herself to pursuing a successful career as an attorney. She impressed everyone with her attitude and capability during her internship with Ogier and during the scholarship application process, and we are confident that she will continue to thrive in the next phase of her legal education,” said Nick Rogers, managing partner, Ogier in Cayman. 

“Ogier is committed to offering excellent opportunities to talented students looking to get the best possible start to their legal careers. We are pleased to support Tania as she goes on to complete her LPC at University of Law in London and we look forward to her return to Ogier.” 

Each year Ogier awards a number of opportunities to high performing Caymanian students pursuing a career in law, the law firm said in a press release. Students are selected based on solid, competitive academics as well as other key competencies that are important in driving the business forward. 

The law firm offers opportunities for students at all stages of their education. For more information on student opportunities, visit 

Cayman Insurance Centre’s life agents receive top honors 

Cayman Insurance Centre’s life agents were honored in the Top 100 Life Agents at the Americo Life Insurance Company’s (Americo) summit in London. 

Americo has more than 14,000 independent life insurance agents in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Cayman. 

All four agents from CIC were included in the Top 100, and three made it into the Top 10. Tony Mosley earned first place honors in life insurance sales, followed by Winston Pamphile in sixth place and Michael Webster in ninth place. 

Cayman Enterprise City receives Investment Environment Award 

Cayman Islands special economic zone received the IMPACT Award for the “Most Progressive Economic Environment for Investing” at the Internet Marketing Association’s (IMA) annual awards celebration on Sept. 24 at the Aria resort in Las Vegas. The honor is based on IMA recognition of the investment opportunities, economic impact, projected yield and progressive business network of the zone. 

IMA Chairman Sinan Kanatsiz said, “We are honored to provide the Economic Award to Cayman Enterprise City for its forward-thinking philosophies and economic promise for investors worldwide. I personally visited the region this year and saw with my own eyes the special economic zone’s progress and its benefits to organizations seeking diversity in their investment portfolio.” 

Cayman Enterprise City CEO Charlie Kirkconnell said the award illustrates that global industry leaders have recognized CEC accomplishments “in creating the ‘Silicon Valley of the Caribbean,’ which is diversifying and growing Cayman’s economy, as well as creating new technology-focused careers that haven’t previously existed in the region.” 

Higgs & Johnson adds associate 

Jo-Anne Stephens was admitted to practice as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Justice Charles Quin, QC on Oct. 14. 

The admission application was made by Partner Philip Boni who led the court through Ms. Stephen’s legal qualifications and experience, which includes an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Oxford. 

Ms. Stephens has particular experience in trusts, commercial law and litigation. In addition to her legal and academic qualifications, she a former Jamaican Independence Scholar and trained mediator. 

Ogier announces new commercial litigation partner in BVI 

Brian Lacy has been appointed as partner in Ogier’s BVI dispute resolution team. A commercial litigation barrister with experience in the areas of civil fraud, insolvency and trust disputes, his arrival increases the law firm’s global partnership to 51, the firm said in a press release. 

Ogier’s global Dispute Resolution team includes specialists in BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey and Hong Kong. 

Tania Smith, third from left, is the recipient of Ogier’s 2015 scholarship.

Tania Smith, third from left, is the recipient of Ogier’s 2015 scholarship.

Tony Mosley earned first place in life insurance sales at the Americo summit.

Tony Mosley earned first place in life insurance sales at the Americo summit.

Charlie Kirkconnell, CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, left, with Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the IMA.

Charlie Kirkconnell, CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, left, with Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the IMA.

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