Law firm honours founder

| 16/10/2009

(CNS): Considered a pioneer and founding father of Cayman’s offshore financial industry the late William Walker will be honoured at one of the islands leading fund conferences next year. The William Walker Memorial Presentation (WWMP) will debut at the fund conference when Staurts the local law firm he helped establish will bring in eminent speakers to discuss the issues facing the industry today. The firm said the WWMP would become a regular part of the conference agenda staring with Andrew Bacevich,who will speak on US imperialism and its effect on international affairs.

Walker started one of the first law firms to specialise in offshore finance at a time when the Cayman Islands was home to only one bank, had no telephones and a landing strip that could only manage turbo props.  The first WWMP will take place at the Cayman Funds Conference on 14 January 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.  Stuarts plans to make this presentation a regular feature throughout the year by bringing eminent speakers to the islands with one or more presentations being given overseas in New York and London.

“By honouring the remarkable career of William Walker we hope to renew a sense of pride in the islands and inspire a new generation of leaders to carry the Cayman banner to even greater heights,” said Anthony Akiwumi, Head of Litigation at Stuarts.  


The January conference will focus on the challenges surrounding Global Transparency and stuarts Managing Director Andrew Hersant, said the conference has built a strong name for itself within the industry.”We ensure that attendees are provided with first-rate information from high profile speakers. We believe the WWMP will be a vital part of continuing that goal.”

This year’s featured speaker, Dr Bacevich, is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University and has been a fellow of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York

David Walker, CEO of Caledonian Bank and son of the late William Walker thanked Stuarts on behalf of the fmaily for creating the programme to honour his father. “He was never one to seek the spotlight yet if this type of event can educate and inspire Caymanians I am certain he would approve,” he added.

Stuarts describes itself as a client-oriented legal practice offering a full range of corporate and commercial legal advice and says it has a proven track-record in advising leading international law firms, investment managers, investment companies and high-net-worth individuals. For more information about the conference visit:


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