Fund forum to point to opportunities

| 18/12/2008

(CNS): Given the global financial situation, organizers of this year’s International Funds Conference say that, while there will be no shortage of topics, the focus will be on solutions and opportunities as well as the challenges. The role of auditors and directors as well as issues relating to fund redemptions will be examined, but aside from the risks the conference will look at the opportunities and solutions as investors look towards the future and plan their strategies.


From successful investing in times of turmoil and an update on Chapter 15 to the results of Bear Stearns and the opportunities for financial services in today’s economy, the forum is expected to generate lively debate and analysis.

 “We are looking forward to an informative and lively conference, covering a wide range of very topical issues relevant to everyone that is involved in the Funds industry,” says Anthony Akiwumi, Head of Litigation at Stuarts Walker Hersant (SWH).   SWH is one of three co-sponsors of this event, the other companies being Cayman National Fund Services (CNFS) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). 

This year’s event will take place on 9 January and it is hoped it will be as successful as last year’s event which organizers said was met with great enthusiasm and support. 

 “We are encouraging those interested in attending this year to register their space soon by visiting and completing the online registration form” said Chris Lumsden Head of Fund Services at Cayman National Financial Group.

 According to David Walker, Partner at PwC, this year’s event has a prestigious roster of speakers drawing on the very best of local and international expertise. “It is a real testament to the success of our first conference that we have been able to secure such a talented and respected roster of speakers,” he added. 

This year’s international speakers are flying in from Bracewell and Guiliani in Connecticut, Morrison Foerster in San Francisco, Financial Examinations & Evaluations in Arizona, PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York, and from the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.  The list of local presenters and panelists is equally as impressive, featuring well known industry leaders Anthony Akiwumi of SWH, David Bree of dms Management Ltd, Gary Linford from DTMC, Chris Lumsden of CNFS, Tim Ridley, Martin Cook of the RCIPS, and Carlyle McLaughlin and Yolanda McCoy of CIMA.

 More information on the conference, including speaker bios, the agenda and the registration form are available online at


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