Business in brief: Athena, Maples, Baker & Partners, Conyers

Athena wins Best Offshore Governance Firm for the second year

Allison Nolan, founder, Athena International Management

Athena International Management has been named ‘Best Offshore Governance Firm’ of the year at the 2021 HFM US Service Awards, marking the Cayman Islands firm’s second consecutive win in this category.

Boutique governance firm Athena was shortlisted for its directorship services, alongside the Maples Group and Calderwood.

The firm said it has seen innovations to its core service offering, including assisting fund managers with environmental, social and governance matters and global regulatory compliance requirements, which continue to bring issues like gender diversity on the board of directors of alternative fund structures into the mainstream.

Maples Group donates more than US$50,000 for COVID-19 relief

The Maples Group has donated US$53,200 to two local organisations to support those in the community who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Maples said it has made more than $400,000 overall in COVID-19 related donations.

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The recipients of the most recent donation were Cayman’s Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) and Resilience Cayman, which each received $26,600 towards their respective Utility Relief and Relief Care Packages programmes that provide financial assistance to families and individuals affected by COVID-19.

The donation also supported Resilience Cayman in offering financial grants to more than 200 families and ARK in distributing relief care packages to nearly 1,200 people.

Tara Nielsen, director of ARK, said, “We are encouraged that the Maples Group continues to support ARK’s Relief Care Package programme that ensures that those impacted by the pandemic and the closure of our borders are not disconnected from food, utilities, housing and access to healthcare.

“There has been no greater time to give to NPOs as we remain on the frontline one year after the initial lockdown, supporting desperate people who have nowhere else to turn for life’s basic needs,” she added.

Jan Gupta, director at Resilience said, “Thanks to the Maples Group generous donation, 645 local families, with critical disconnection notices, received Resilience grants to cover CUC arrears totalling over $112,564 in assistance.”

Baker & Partners adds 2 attorneys in Cayman

Jersey’s independent specialist offshore litigation and dispute resolution firm, Baker & Partners, has hired Adam Crane, partner, and Nicosia Lawson, associate, in the firm’s Cayman office.

Crane joins the firm from HSM Chambers, where he was head of restructuring and insolvency. He acts on a range of insolvency and dispute resolution matters, focussing on complex and multi-jurisdictional insolvencies and restructurings, and asset recovery cases.

Lawson advises clients on a variety of insolvency and dispute resolution matters. She previously spent several years at Mourant Ozannes, where she worked in the firm’s dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency practice in Cayman, and on secondment to the firm’s team in Hong Kong for two years.

Conyers welcomes new articled clerk

Daniella Carrazana

Daniella Carrazana has joined the articled clerk programme of Conyers. During the comprehensive 18-month training programme, Carrazana will rotate through Conyers’ practice areas, including corporate and commercial, insurance and regulatory, funds, litigation, and trusts and private client.

She was awarded an LLB in 2020 from the University of Liverpool, and this year she completed her professional practice course certificate from Oxford Brookes University, both of which are administered by the Truman Bodden Law School. She also has a diploma in paralegal studies from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals.

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