Lobbyists feature at CIFSA dinner

The two men who give a face to the Cayman Islands in Washington, DC, will feature at the Cayman Islands Financial Services Association’s first business dinner this month.

The dinner takes place on 7 July and features Jack Quinn and Manuel Oritz, the main drivers behind Washington-based lobbyist firm Quinn Gilliespie and Associates who have been retained by CIFSA to represent Cayman’s financial services industry.

Event organiser and CIFSA Vice Chairman Eduardo D’Angelo P. Silva says, “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.” He adds, “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 event follows on from the success of a series of business luncheons hosted by CIFSA 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. The dinner, which will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, is expected to draw international media coverage and attract similarly high attendance numbers.

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.

Ortiz is a leading Democratic strategist who helps his corporate clients negotiate Washington’s changing environment and is widely recognised 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.

CIFSA was founded in November 2003 to represent Cayman’s financial services industry and to promote the jurisdiction as a quality international financial services centre. A not-for-profit association, CIFSA is funded by its private sector members. The CIFSA board and membership comprises the Islands’ key associations including: the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Cayman Islands Fund Administrators Association, the Company Managers Association, the Bankers Association and the Insurance Managers Association. CIFSA seeks to work along side these associations to ensure that promotion of the jurisdiction is consistent and effective.

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