Business in Brief: Small business workshop on fraud risk and prevention

Sonia Starvis and Barry Smith of Forbes Hare

A free workshop, “Identifying Occupational Fraud Risks and Fraud Prevention Control,” led by Kevin Haywood Crouch, head of forensics and consulting at KRyS Global, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Centre in Governors Square.

Mr. Crouch will cover techniques and procedures used to prevent fraud and the processes businesses should follow if they fall victim to fraud.

The SME workshops are run by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment. Register online at or call Trisha on 743-9123.

Harneys hires litigation partner in Hong Kong

Harneys has hired litigation partner Joanne Verbiesen in its Hong Kong office as it continues to build its worldwide Cayman practice.

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Ms. Verbiesen has more than 11 years’ post-qualification experience in commercial litigation, contentious trusts and insolvency, gained in the Cayman Islands and New Zealand. She regularly appears before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, and has appeared in arbitration proceedings and litigated disputes before New Zealand’s High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also represented the governor of the Cayman Islands.

RE/MAX to sponsor Flowers Sea Swim for five years

RE/MAX Cayman Islands has announced a five-year “Gold” sponsorship commitment to the annual Flowers Sea Swim.

“We are extremely honored to have partnered with the Flowers Sea Swim,” James Bovell, broker/owner at RE/MAX Cayman Islands said. “Our five-year commitment to this annual family friendly event is a true testament to all of the organizers of this must-do event and in particular Frank Flowers and Dara Flowers Burke.”

Fellow broker/owner Kim Lund said, “The Flowers Sea Swim continues to grow each and every year, and we are proud to support one of the … top open water swims in the world.”

Event founder Frank Flowers said, “The Flowers Sea Swim is thrilled to partner with RE/MAX for the next five years, and we look forward to continuing to making a positive difference in the Cayman Islands through this event.”

This year, the Flowers Sea Swim has chosen the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to receive 100 percent of the registration proceeds.

Appleby adds investment funds partner

Offshore law firm Appleby has announced the arrival of Alex Brainis in the Cayman office as a partner in the Investment Funds group. Mr. Brainis is the second partner to join the Investment Funds team in the past six months, said Managing Partner Bryan Hunter.

Mr. Brainis joins from the Intertrust Group where he was senior vice president of Business Development for North America and head of Compliance for Intertrust’s AIFMD management company service offering in Dublin, Ireland.

While at Intertrust, he developed the firm’s AIFMD management company product offering in Dublin and managed the on-boarding process involving various AIFMD fund and corporate clients.

Sonia Starvis and Barry Smith of Forbes Hare
Sonia Starvis and Barry Smith of Forbes Hare

Forbes Hare recruits real estate expert

Forbes Hare has appointed Sonia Starvis as a partner in its Cayman Islands office. Ms. Starvis has practiced law in the Cayman Islands for almost 20 years. Prior to joining Forbes Hare, she was the head of the real estate team at Mourant Ozannes.

Ms. Starvis will provide clients with advice on all aspects of commercial and residential real estate matters, including sales and purchases, leasing, construction and development.

SteppingStones appoints staffing coordinator

Brittani Gendron, staffing coordinator, SteppingStones
Brittani Gendron, staffing coordinator, SteppingStones

Recruitment firm SteppingStones has hired Caymanian Brittani Gendron as staffing coordinator.

Ms. Gendron started with SteppingStones in March and has a wide range of duties including managing employee health insurance and pensions, assisting the temporary employees and immigration departments, and providing HR support.

“With over seven years of experience in the Human Resource industry, Brittani brings great local and international experience to the team,” said Milly Serpell, managing director at SteppingStones. “We are always thrilled to find well-qualified Caymanians with a passion for our industry, so we are very proud to appoint Brittani to this key role within our company.”

Two Ogier partners named in Asian offshore Top 10

Nicholas Plowman and Anthony Oakes have been named as two of the 10 most outstanding offshore lawyers in the inaugural Asian Legal Business Offshore Client Choice List.

Mr. Plowman founded Ogier’s Hong Kong practice in 2007. His focus has been on building Ogier’s Cayman and BVI investment funds and venture capital practice in Asia. Mr. Oakes is the head of Ogier’s finance practice in Asia and specializes in banking, capital markets, corporate and commercial transactions and structured finance. He led the Ogier team which acted as Cayman Islands counsel in the Garuda sukuk transaction, the first non-sovereign USD sukuk out of Indonesia.

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