Part 2: The freewheeling 1970s: The Cayman Islands: From obscurity to offshore giant

Buoyed by the passage of investment-friendly legislation, infrastructure improvements and the political instability of one of its largest offshore competitors – the Bahamas – Cayman suddenly found itself on the map of more than just scuba divers. Following the bold steps taken in the 1960s to make Cayman more attractive as an offshore financial centre, the government continued to act; sometimes in cooperation with the British government.

 

Part 1: The Early Years – 1960’s: The Cayman Islands:

In the first of a series of articles looking at the development of the Cayman Islands as an offshore financial services centre, Alan Markoff looks at the decade of the 1960s, when the seeds of success first took root. Legend has it that sometime in the 18th Century, a flotilla of ships wrecked close to Grand Cayman. Cayman Islands’ residents rescued the people on those ships, which included as their passengers some British royalty.