CIFSA to spread word over diner

| 25/06/2009

(CNS): Continuing its series of guest lunches, the Cayman Islands Financial Services Associationsays it is going to host its first business dinner to tell guests about the lobbing efforts the organization is making in Washington with regards to Cayman’s bad press. The dinner will feature Jack Quinn (left) and Manuel Oritz, the main drivers behind the Washington-based lobbyist firm Quinn Gilliespie and Associates (QGA), which has been retained by CIFSA to represent the industry.

“The dinner presents an unrivalled opportunity for the industry to hear first hand how Cayman is perceived in Washington, the challenges we face, and the strategies being used to address them,” said event organizer and CIFSA Vice Chairman, Eduardo D’Angelo P. Silva.

“In the wake of a lot of recent negative publicity, CIFSA is a major proponent of Cayman’s financial services industry among international audiences and is playing a critical part in enhancing its reputation on the world stage.”

The dinner, which is due to take place on 7 July at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, follows on from the success of a series of business luncheons hosted by the association last year, during which influential industry figures, such as the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund, addressed a range of important issues before Cayman’s own financial services community, CIFSA said .

Jack Quinn is the co-founder and chairman of QGA and the firm’s chief strategist. He has been a long-time advisor to Democratic leaders and has served as counsel to numerous Democratic campaigns. Quinn served as Counsel to the President of the United States from November 1995 to February 1997. Before his government service, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Manuel Ortiz is a leading Democratic strategist who helps his corporate clients negotiate Washington’s changing environment and is widely recognized as one of the capital’s top lobbyists. He is also an experienced advisor to corporate leaders in developing advocacy style campaigns to help achieve their goals. Prior to joining QGA, Ortiz was a transactional attorney with an international law firm.

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