Conference calendar

Annual Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance and Financial Crime Conference 

Global Compliance Solutions announced the agenda for the 8th Annual Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance and Financial Crime Conference to be held at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on 11 and 12 October. 

The theme for this year’s conference is “Navigating the Minefield of Responsibility” to highlight the ever increasing obligations placed upon the financial services industry. The conference, which attracts delegates from throughout the Caribbean, will be chaired by Karen O’Brien, the managing director of Global Compliance Solutions and Dr. Declan Hill, investigative journalist and documentary maker will return to moderate. 

“Every year, the conference continues to showcase the determination and fortitude of the region to achieve the highest regulatory standards,” says O’Brien. “We always strive to give our delegates the opportunity to not only become aware of what’s new in the compliance and AML world, but we provide them with access to speakers who are experts in their fields and who share their knowledge though practical experiences,” she says. “Our Keynote Speaker this year will do precisely that, and I am very confident that our delegates will be enthralled with the true story of this former FBI agent who worked undercover for six years infiltrating the Bonanno crime family. The movie ‘Donnie Brasco’ is based on his experiences.” 

This year’s key speakers are among others Ben Tonner from Samson & McGrath, Andrew De La Rosa, International Chancery & Trust Chambers, Declan Magennis from KRyS-Global and David Thomas, the former head of the UK Fraud Investigation Unit, whose topic will allow attendees to understand more about why money launderers behave in the way they do.  

In addition panels will cover FATCA and how to understand and meet the requirements it entails, and a specific Caribbean panel which will deal with jurisdictional issues.  

O’Brien says she is very proud that the conference, year after year, has been recognised as the premier AML, Compliance and Financial Crimes Conference in the region. “We are constantly in awe of the calibre of presentations we are able to offer our delegates. “We strive to do better every year and I believe we have done it again,” she says. 

For more information about this conference and to register visit the conference website:  


Cayman Alternative Investments conference 

Some of the world’s leading institutional investors, chief executive officers, economists and academics will debate the factors for sustaining a vibrant global alternative investment industry at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit from 1 to 2 November, 2012.  

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, will feature as one of the keynote speakers at the event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. “The event has a very impressive range of speakers from the alternative investment industry that will make for some very interesting discussions on the future of the industry,” Branson said.  

The summit aims to attract 500 of the world’s leading institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, alternative investment managers, regulators, economists and service providers to debate the future of the industry under the theme “Innovation in alternative investments: Seeing what’s next”.  

Industry speakers at the event will include Peter Clarke, CEO, MAN Group; Matt Botein, global head of Alternative Investments at Blackrock; Mel Lagomasino, the CEO of Genspring Family Offices; Anne Richards, chief investment officer for Aberdeen Asset Management and Mark Yusko, the CEO of Morgan Creek.  

Organised by Alternative Investment Research Ltd., the summit is supported by of some of the largest companies in the world and in the Cayman Islands including KPMG, Deutsche Bank, Mourant Ozannes, Paladyne, Camana Bay and Virgin Unite.  

“The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit is an opportunity for the industry’s elite to take an introspective look at itself, seeing where the industry has been and predicting where it will go in the future,” said Anthony Cowell, partner in Alternative Investments at KPMG in the Cayman Islands and editorial chairman of the summit.  

“KPMG is proud to work alongside event organisers, AtWater Consulting Ltd and looks forward to the stimulating and thought provoking debate, set against the backdrop of the domicile of choice for alternative investments,” he said.  

With 10,000 open-ended investment funds registered in the Cayman Islands, the summit aims to connect the leading domicile for offshore investment funds with the alternative investment industry’s most influential leaders.  

Cayman Islands Managing Partner at Mourant Ozannes Neal Lomax said, “The launch of the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit is a significant milestone for the Cayman Islands. We are delighted to be a major sponsor of the Summit in its inaugural year.”  

For more information on the Cayman A. I. Summit and to register online, please visit  


IFC Forum conference London 

The International Financial Centres Forum is hosting a conference to examine the role of financial intermediation in the global economy, particularly as it impacts on growth and jobs. The event is slated for 8 November, 2012, in London. 

Participants will be key policymakers from the G20 and IFC governments, professionals from financial institutions, NGOs, academics and industry groupings.  

Topics that going to be covered at the conference include: EU financial services regulation: getting the balance right for sustainable growth, the media – de-demonising financial services, G20/BRICS – fuelling growth, automatic information exchange – a new goal for the OECD and IFCs – collective action to survive (and thrive). 


OffshoreAlert London conference on Offshore Financial Centres 

OffshoreAlert announced the first Investigations & Intelligence Conference about Offshore Financial Centres which will be held at The May Fair Hotel in London on 26 – 27 November, 2012.  

“It is the first of what will be an annual conference in Europe, in addition to our Miami event which focuses mainly on the Bermuda-Caribbean offshore jurisdictions,” said OffshoreAlert publisher David Marchant. “From now on, we will hold at least two conferences every year – one in Europe and one in Miami.” 

Speakers at the first European event include the chief financial regulators of the Isle of Man and Jersey, an attorney whose clients are suing their Swiss bank employers for providing information to the US authorities and leading offshore practitioners.  

Featured sessions include those on Evaluating Offshore Jurisdictions, The Effect on Banking Secrecy of the G20 Crackdown on OFCs, a Review of the First 12 Months of the UK Government’s Offshore Coordination Unit, How to Identify Offshore Red Flags and The Use of Offshore Structures by British Football Clubs to Conceal Ownership & Avoid Taxes. 

Attendees will hear about the latest trends and developments in the offshore world, including which jurisdictions and products are on the rise and which are on the decline, and where the emerging wealth from China, Russia and India is being channelled through.  

The conference will also look at the offshore transactions that helped cause the collapse of Glasgow Rangers Football Club and embarrassed British comedian Jimmy Carr in a session about the grey area of offshore tax schemes.  

Attendees will also learn about why OFCs are used by the world’s biggest corporations and high net worth Individuals to minimise risk and maximise protection.