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Ogier associates admitted as attorneys

Ogier’s newest associates, Samantha Conolly and Kayla Lewis, have been admitted as attorneys at law in the Cayman Islands, following completion of their article clerkships in the firm’s Cayman Islands office.

Kayla Lewis
Samantha Conolly

As a result of the continued COVID-19 lockdown, the swearing-in of the islands’ newly qualified lawyers took place on meeting platform Zoom with more than 75 family members, friends and colleagues joining online to watch the ceremony.

Both joined Ogier’s articled clerkship programme in September 2018.

Lewis had previously been a summer intern at the firm, stated a press release.

Connolly has joined Ogier’s private wealth team. She came to Ogier with a raft of degrees and having already had a distinguished career as a pharmacist in the Cayman Islands, the law firm said. She still serves as the deputy chair of the Pharmacy Council at Cayman’s Health Practice Commission.

Her degrees include a bachelor of science with honours from the University of Prince Edward Island, a bachelor of pharmacy from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in human resources with honours from the University College of the Cayman Islands, a law degree from the University of Liverpool and a postgraduate diploma in legal studies with distinction from Oxford Brookes University.

Lewis has joined Ogier’s investment funds team. She joined Ogier with an impressive educational background, the release stated, having obtained a Cayman qualifying law degree from Truman Bodden Law School; a postgraduate diploma in legal practice with distinction from Oxford Brookes University; a juris doctorate from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University; and a bachelor of arts in anthropology and European studies from York University.

Practice partner James Bergstrom said in the release: “We are not just looking for technical expertise from those keen to join our programme but also the curiosity and confidence to be innovative and to enjoy working as part of a team. Both Samantha and Kayla have dedicated themselves to their learning and development and have become valued members of the Cayman Islands team. I look forward to seeing their careers progress with us.”

IQ-EQ appoints country delivery director

Jeff Kelly has joined IQ-EQ as country delivery director for the Cayman Islands.

In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing client service delivery within the Cayman office and will work closely with the rest of the local leadership team on the firm’s business strategy for the jurisdiction, a press release stated.

Kelly has more than 17 years of experience in the Cayman Islands financial services industry spanning both the public accounting and private sectors, with the last five years as an executive audit director and managing partner for two international auditing firms.

Kelly is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a member of the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants and a CFA charterholder. He also previously held a public practitioners licence with the CIIPA.

IQ-EQ executive director Kiran Sinharoy said of the appointment, “Jeff has extensive industry experience and local knowledge having lived and worked in the Cayman Islands for many years, which makes him an excellent choice to help us to build our business in the region.”

Webinar on moving businesses online 

The Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development, in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, will continue its webinar series by focussing on online businesses on Thursday, 14 May, from 10am to noon.

As businesses have transitioned from brick-and-mortar to online in response to COVID-1, many have been able to survive the crisis.

The session, “Moving your business online”, will cover evaluating business models, pursuing e-commerce, and assisting clients and customers with the business transition and online business safety.

To join the webinar via Zoom, register here.

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