Cayman business in brief: New attorney for Carey Olsen

From left, Lauren Fletcher, attorney at law with Carey Olsen, Justice Charles Quin of the Cayman Islands Grand Court, and Carey Olsen's new dispute resolution partner, Sam Dawson

Carey Olsen associate Lauren Fletcher has been admitted as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands, bringing the team in the offshore law firm’s Cayman office to more than 20 fee earners, including six partners.

The application was presented by Carey Olsen’s new dispute resolution partner, Sam Dawson, before Justice Charles Quin of the Cayman Islands Grand Court.

Ms. Fletcher joined Carey Olsen’s corporate practice in 2015, having previously qualified as an English solicitor and advocate. She transferred to the Cayman office earlier this month from Jersey.

Ms. Fletcher specializes in investment funds and general corporate work and has experience in listed and non-listed funds, regulatory, real estate, corporate/commercial and listing services.

From left, Mourant Ozannes Counsel Mark Griffiths with Suk Kaur, Nicosia Lawson, Rupert Hamilton, Zach Hoskins and Partner Simon Dickson
From left, Mourant Ozannes Counsel Mark Griffiths with Suk Kaur, Nicosia Lawson, Rupert Hamilton, Zach Hoskins and Partner Simon Dickson

Mourant Ozannes appoints five to Cayman litigation team

Law firm Mourant Ozannes has made five new appointments in its Cayman Islands office in a move that reinforces the firm’s litigation client offering.

Contentious insolvency specialist Mark Griffiths has joined the firm as counsel. He has extensive experience in large cross-border insolvency litigation mandates, in particular fund-related claims and fraud.

Mourant Ozannes also welcomes associates Rupert Hamilton, Zachary Hoskins and Caymanian Nicosia Lawson, and paralegal Suk Kaur, all of whom joined the practice this year.

Lawyers in Mourant Ozannes’s Cayman Islands litigation practice, which is ranked in tier 1 by Legal 500, have leading roles in many of the most significant cases in the Grand Cayman courts, including the Madoff feeder fund Herald and Primeo liquidations, and the Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company US$6 billion fraud claim against Maan Al Sanea and the Saad Group of companies.

From left, Collas Crill Partner Alan de Saram, Corporate Administrator Jane Magis, interns Cynthia Hydes and Mariskca Blackman, Partner Stephen Leontsinis and Business Manager Charlotte Cloete
From left, Collas Crill Partner Alan de Saram, Corporate Administrator Jane Magis, interns Cynthia Hydes and Mariskca Blackman, Partner Stephen Leontsinis and Business Manager Charlotte Cloete

Student interns at Collas Crill

Legal services firm Collas Crill has placed three students for internships this year, and plans to expand its career development program in 2017, Alan de Saram, managing partner of the Cayman Islands office, said in a press release.

Mariskca Blackman, who completed the associate degree program in legal studies at the University College of the Cayman Islands, was placed with Collas Crill to complete her practical internship requirement. Ms. Blackman spent 10 days with the firm, gaining experience in several practice areas.

Cynthia Hydes, who wants to begin a career in law when she finishes her studies in Boston, Massachusetts, gained summer work experience as project administrator.

Joan Ebanks will join the firm in August from the Cayman Finance Student Education and Work Experience Program for a month of experience in the arena of corporate services.

Walkers expands into Guernsey

Law firm Walkers has announced that AO Hall, a specialist Guernsey-based provider of legal services has joined the Walkers Group and is now operating as Walkers (Guernsey) LLP.

Founded in 2005 with a team of five, AO Hall has grown to more than 25 staff and has developed a reputation in Guernsey for the high caliber of its market-leading lawyers, according to a press release.

Walkers (Guernsey) LLP provides an integrated range of services to clients in jurisdictions around the world, covering numerous key practice areas.

Ogier donates to Rotaract program

Ogier recently made a donation of $2,500 to the annual Open Arms Gala in support of Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands, a leadership and community-service organization.

Rotaract Blue established the Open Arms program in 2007 in response to an issue the organization identified in the special needs community. The aim is to enhance society’s understanding of people with special needs and to enrich these individuals’ lives.

The Open Arms Gala raises money for schools and organizations that support those with special needs. These include Lighthouse School, Special Needs Foundation Cayman, Maple House, Sunrise Adult Training Centre and Special Olympics Cayman Islands.

Ogier also donated gala tickets to clients of the Sunrise Adult Training Centre who led the singing of the Cayman National Song and provided signing for the hearing impaired at the event.

Sackville Bank short-listed for Trust Company of the Year, Caribbean

Sackville Bank has been nominated again this year at the Citywealth International Finance Centre Awards. The firm has been nominated in the category Trust Company of the Year 2017 – Caribbean. The award ceremony will be Jan. 18 in London.

The Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards, in their sixth year, were established to highlight the excellence of the advisers and managers in the private wealth sector in the major international financial centers. The awards are judged by an international panel of highly respected practitioners from all sectors with experience of working with advisers in all the jurisdictions covered.

“We are delighted to receive such an endorsement again this year for our continued efforts in affording superior service to our clients and advisers,” said Sackville Managing Director Michael Halsey.

In the 2016 Citywealth IFC awards, Sackville was short-listed for Trust Company of the Year, Caribbean. They received a runner-up award for Private Bank of the Year 2016 – Caribbean.

Campbells raises $15K for charities

Campbells has announced that more than $15,000 was donated to local charities in July, through a combination of contributions from the firm and from dress-down day contributions.

The main donations went to the YMCA ($5,000), Cayman HospiceCare ($3,000), Cayman Islands Humane Society ($3,000) and the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre ($3,000).

The charities were chosen by the staff.

“We are so pleased that our dress-down day program has been able to support so many local charities in such a limited amount of time,” said Kristina Buckeridge, marketing and business development coordinator at Campbells.

Rosie Dunsford, recruitment manager at SteppingStones
Rosie Dunsford, recruitment manager at SteppingStones

SteppingStones names recruitment manager

SteppingStones, a professional recruitment agency based in Cayman, has promoted Rosie Dunsford to recruitment manager.

Ms. Dunsford relocated from London to Cayman in October 2011 to join the SteppingStones team. She is currently completing Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Certificate in executive management.

“Rosie’s passion for people is her driving force. Her awareness and knowledge of the local and international market, in addition to her commitment to clients and candidates alike, makes her an invaluable member of the team,” said Milly Serpell, managing director.

As part of the senior management team, Ms. Dunsford will oversee the temporary and permanent recruitment divisions and all aspects of the recruitment process from sourcing and screening to placement and support.

Ogier Partner Rachael Reynolds hands over a check to the Cayman Islands Little League team.
Ogier Partner Rachael Reynolds hands over a check to the Cayman Islands Little League team.

Ogier supports Cayman Islands Youth Baseball

Ogier supported the Cayman Islands Little League Association by sponsoring the Cayman Islands Under-16 team to attend the 2016 ESPN International Salute to Baseball Tournament in Orlando, Florida, from June 26 to July 2.

Eleven players and five coaches and team assistants represented Cayman at the event. The players gained valuable competitive experience, and one of the team’s games was played in the ESPN World of Sports Professional Stadium, which serves as the spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves.

Ogier Partner Rachael Reynolds said, “This organization provides a healthy environment for children from all backgrounds to come together, work as a team and enjoy the sport of baseball. The tournament was a great opportunity for the kids to learn and compete on an international stage.”

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