Business in brief: Grant Thornton founding partner retires

Grant Thornton partner Dara Keogh, retiring founding partner Terry Carson, and founding partner Ian Johnson at a celebration event.

Grant Thornton Cayman said goodbye to retiring founding partner Terry Carson and welcomed new partner Dara Keogh at a celebration at Grand Old House on Feb. 22.

Mr. Carson and Ian Johnson became partners of Morris Brankin in 2002 and rebranded the firm under the Grant Thornton flag in 2003. In 2010, they bought the business from its former owners. In the 15 years since becoming partners, they grew the firm to more than four times its original size.

Mr. Carson is proud of his accomplishments, but hands the credit to his team. “Together, we have created a firm that is well-positioned to seize the opportunities of the future. It has been an incredible experience working with these dedicated and warm people over the years,” he said.

Mr. Keogh is well known in Cayman’s financial services industry, with a 15-year history here. He has been a partner and head of insurance and banking with a big-4 accountancy firm, and went on to support the establishment of a newly licensed Cayman-based reinsurance company.

“The Grant Thornton proposition here was very appealing to me,” Mr. Keogh said. “There is a wonderful opportunity for growth, the team here is fantastic, globally Grant Thornton has a superb platform that sets us apart from all other accountancy and audit firms and we have a strong book of business already.”

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eShore raises phishing awareness with seminar

Polly Pickering, managing director at eShore Ltd., a provider of Mimecast and PhishMe in the Caribbean, said in the wake of cyberattacks on personal and business email rising at an unprecedented rate, the firm is hosting a phishing awareness seminar this week. The seminar features two international speakers, J.Peter Bruzzese, co-founder of Clip Training and creator of Conversational Geek, and Jeffrey Fleischer of PhishMe.

The seminar is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. There will also be a “meet the experts” session at eShore offices in Heroes Square, George Town, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Two Caymanians called to the Bar

Two Caymanian lawyers from Appleby’s articled clerk program, Katie Fleming and Bianca Leacock, were admitted to the roll of Attorneys at Law of the Cayman Islands on applications moved by Appleby litigation partner Andrew Bolton.

Ms. Fleming and Ms. Leacock are the latest graduates of Appleby’s program of sponsoring Caymanian students through their legal studies and providing the training, known as articles of clerkship, required by law to become an attorney. They were both awarded legal scholarships by the firm in 2011 and gained regular work experience with the firm as their legal studies continued. They began full-time training as articled clerks in September 2015 and completed their articles on March 1, 2017.

International Insolvency Institute extends membership to chief justice

The International Insolvency Institute has invited the Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie, to become a member of the invitation-only organization. The nonprofit body, comprising leading practitioners, academics, judges and regulators in the international insolvency field, extended the invitation in a letter.

“Your outstanding reputation and experience make you an ideal candidate for membership in the institute,” said James Peck, president. “We are very eager for you to join us.”

Accepting the invitation, Chief Justice Smellie said, “This recognition is not only a personal one, but also an acknowledgement of the high caliber of the Cayman Courts and their judges and of the FSD in particular.”

The chief justice was nominated for membership by Allan Gropper, retired judge from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York and a member of the institute’s Judicial Committee. His nomination was seconded by two other members of the Judicial Committee, Richard Snowden, a High Court Justice, England & Wales, and Justice Ian RC Kawaley, the chief justice of Bermuda and a Judge of the Island’s Commercial Court, a division of the Supreme Court of Bermuda.

Mr. Peck said the institute’s current membership of 331 includes representatives from more than 45 countries.

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