8th Annual Opportunities in Superyachts
With the current uncertain situation with COVID-19, we are constantly reviewing the best formats for delivering conferences. After careful consideration and consultation, we have decided to stage Opportunities in Superyachts as follows:
Opportunities in Superyachts, the 8th Annual Conference will take place online on 2nd December, 2020.
Opportunities in Superyachts, the 9th Annual Conference will take place in Malta during 2021 (date to be confirmed).
For all those people who have purchased tickets for Opportunities in Superyachts, the 8th Annual Conference, your ticket will be transferred to Opportunities in Superyachts, the 9th Annual Conference. PLUS we will offer you a complimentary delegate pass to attend Opportunities in Superyachts, the 8th Annual Conference (online).
Opportunities in Superyachts, 8th Annual Conference will highlight issues of importance to industry leaders globally, while throwing the spotlight on Malta`s pivotal role in the superyacht sector.
This year`s Opportunities in Superyachts that will highlight issues of key importance to you and your clients, such as:
* Buying a superyacht: new buyers, new opportunities
* Sustainability , clean seas and plastic free marinas
* Appreciating and Caring for on-board art and antiques
* Flag State and Port State Control
* Taxing questions – VAT experts from Malta, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Montenegro discuss the latest developments
* Privacy, Protection and Reputation
Building on the excellent track record of seven successive years of Opportunities in Superyachts, as well as the acclaimed East Mediterranean Superyacht Forum, staged in Athens, Greece, and many other events staged in Nice, Palma, Singapore and Dubai, the next conference will attract superyacht brokers, marina operators, superyacht managers, lawyers, corporate service providers, tax consultants, registries, refit & repair yards, industry associations, captains and other professionals.
Conference Time: 09.00 UK/10.00 CET
Session One: Welcome to the conference 10:00
Conference organizer`s opening remarks
Lorna Titley, Director, Quaynote Communications
Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Andrew Charlier, Partner, HFW Monaco SARL
Session Two: What is the future for your business 10:25
CEOs from the business aviation and superyacht sectors to discuss what the future holds for their businesses
Moderated by: Quentin Bargate, Founder & CEO, Bargate Murray
Jonathan Beckett, Chief Executive, Burgess
Martin Baum, Managing Director, Pantaenius
Dawit Lemma, Chief Executive Officer, Krimson
Joseph Adir, Founder & CEO, WinTech Marine Intelligence Ltd
Matty Zadnikar, CEO, Seanet
Kenny Jones, EVP of Global Operations, Island Global Yachting Ltd
Session Three: Ship Arrest 11:10
Presentation: Legal issues
*What happens after the arrest of a yacht?
Ann Fenech, Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Session Four: Buying & Owning a Superyacht 12:00
Presentation: Virtual Sales
Panel: Enhancing the Ownership Experience
*How can we ensure that Owners make the most of their yachts?
*What destinations or experiences are growing in popularity?
*What are younger, new Owners looking for from their yachts?
*What is the effect that current tax implications have on the owners compared to the past?
Moderated by: Christine Cassar Naudi, Partner, GANADO Advocates
Panellists to include:
Gunes Aysun, Galeo Yachting
Craig Barnett, Triton
Henry Cookson, Cookson Adventures
Session Five: Picasso on Board! Legal Pitfalls, Costly Accidents, Seizures 13:35
*What can go wrong with fine art, who is responsible, are you insured?
*And how has the COVID pandemic impacted insurance of the transportation of fine art on board yachts?
*The logistics of surveyors following up on insurance claims; transporting art in the COVID world
Moderated by: Pandora Mather-Lees, ArtOnSuperyachts.com
Michael Burle, Head of Marine & Fine Art, Liberty Global Group, UK
Tilman Kriesel, Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors, Yacht Art Management, Germany
There is no question that billions of dollars of fine art and design resides on board the world`s largest superyacht interiors. Art collecting yacht owners are now displaying their treasures creating a real minefield for captains, crew and management. Manifold risks include accidents, negligence, litigation, unnecessary environmental damage and even criminal repercussions. Learn how these can be averted with specific training and understanding of the practical and logistics issues. Experienced panellist Mike Burle of Liberty Global will explain how and when insurance claims will be covered and what to do when you need assistance in international waters.
Session Six: Flag State, Port State Control & YET programmes 14:20
Flag registration procedures in different jurisdictions
Port State Control – Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC)
Anthony Galea, Managing Director – Marine & Aviation, Vistra
Panelists to include:
Fiorenzo Spadoni, EMEA Marine Commercial Director, RINA UK
Alexander von Stein, Special Agent, Marshall Islands Shipping Registry
Marc Verburg, Deputy Commissioner Maritime Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Dr. Jessica Galea, Dingli & Dingli Law Firm abo Superyacht Industry, Network Malta
Phil Noad, Regional Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Cayman Registry
Session Seven: Privacy, Protection and Reputation 15:30
Panel Discussion: Containing a Crisis
How can owners deal rapidly and discreetly in managing reputational damage, deal with breaches of privacy and misuse of private information; ethical issues, speak up programmes, cyber risks legal rights and security occurring in the superyacht industry.With a number of incidents over recent months resulting in highly publicised
scandals surrounding incidents on yachts, this important panel explores ways of mitigating exposure for the parties involved:
*How can difficult situations be handled with efficiency and sensitivity
ensuring minimum distress for crew, owners and yacht managers?
*How do you deal with unwanted press intrusion, threats to publish untrue
damaging material, (both online and by publication in the Press) invasions of privacy, and misuse of private information?
*Speak-up programmes: What are whistleblowing lines and how do these help crew members who feel disengaged, bullied or are witnessing unethical behaviour and how can they be implemented?
*What role does on-board cyber security play in preventing leaks of privacy?
*What measures should be put in place in the light of incidents and fatalities
involving those on yachts?
Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO, Templar Executives
Daniel Taylor, Taylor Hampton Solicitors
Jean Lehmann, Cyber Security Specialist
Andrew Holme, Insignia Crew
William MacLachlan, Partner, HFW
Mike Willis, Co-founder, CSS Platinum
Session Eight: Taxing Questions 16:10
Panel: VAT experts discuss the latest developments in Malta, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Montenegro – and address the ever-thorny issue of Brexit
*Infringement Proceeding filed against Spain before the EC in relation to Spanish Matriculation tax
*Latest news on VAT treatment
*VAT ‘use and enjoyment’ provisions
* Yachts under the Inward Process Relief: is it possible to sell?
*Impact of BrexitFrance
*Discussions concerning the sale of yachts under Temporary Admission
*Tax treatment of charters and recent interpretations by French customs
*The next trends in VAT/customs regulationsItaly
*latest Vat news in Italy about charter and leasing scheme
* Excises on fuel when bunkering in Italy – latest news
* Brexit: what’s the current position of Italy – what about UK flagged yachts?
*Quick run through on obtaining a Greek charter licence
*Recently introduced VAT rules for yachts chartering in Greece
*Effect of Brexit on yachts cruising in Greece (charter/professional)
*VAT use and enjoyment provisions
*Importation of commercial yachts
Led by: Janet Xanthopolous, Head of Yacht and Jet Department, Rosemont International / Rosemont Yacht Services
Jean-Philippe Maslin, Del Viso Avocats
Miguel Angel Serra, Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
Alison Vassallo, Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Ezio Vannucci, Partner, Moores Rowland
Jennifer Timinis, Oceda
Maya Ban, MYS Yachting
Closing words from conference chair and organiser
End of Conference
Chief Executive, BurgessMore
Chief Executive, Burgess
Managing Director, PantaeniusMore
Managing Director, Pantaenius
Martin Baum is the Managing Director of the Pantaenius Yacht Group, a position which he has held since 2006. In the traditional family-run company with twelve subsidiaries and its Hamburg headquarters, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors and has specific responsibility for global sales and developments of upcoming markets as well as the overall yacht group’ strategy. As an enthusiastic and talented yachtsman since his childhood, he has participated in many long distance races including a transatlantic crossing and has extensive experience in cruising all around the world.
Chief Executive Officer, KrimsonMore
Chief Executive Officer, Krimson
Dawit Lemma is the Founder and CEO of Krimson Aviation – an aviation support services company based in Ethiopia and Switzerland since 2015. He is a Swiss citizen, but of Ethiopian origin, and has lived and/or worked all over the world; from Zambia to Afghanistan, the USA to Switzerland – making him a true global citizen. Dawit returned to Ethiopia in 2012, after almost 30 years abroad, as he recognized the thriving potential and opportunities being displayed by Ethiopia’s economic resurgence.
He is a graduate of Purdue University in the USA, where he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering & Flight Technology. In addition, he received an MSc. degree in Aviation Management & Marketing from the Basel Business College in Switzerland. Dawit also holds an Airframe & Power- plant Mechanic’s License (American FAA), Commercial Pilot’s License (American FAA, South African CAA, Swiss FOCA/EASA), and an EASA Frozen ATPL. He has over 20 years of experience in the aviation sector across 4 continents, with a cache of notable experience garnered at leading companies from around the world, including TAG Aviation, Emirates Airlines, MAF, and Ethiopian Airlines, to name a few.
For the past few years, Dawit has been advocating and promoting the growth of Business and General Aviation in Africa. Dawit served on the Executive Committee of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) as Director of Membership and Events, and currently serves as a Board Member of the AfBAA and the President of the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter.
Dawit’s commitment to excellence and achievement has lead to Krimson’s rapid growth and sound reputation. Krimson’s mantra of Achievement through Quality & Integrity of Service serves as more than just a philosophy but a lifestyle and deep-rooted value that Dawit has applied throughout his education and professional career.
Founder & CEO, WinTech Marine Intelligence LtdMore
Founder & CEO, WinTech Marine Intelligence Ltd
EVP of Global Operations, Island Global Yachting Ltd.More
EVP of Global Operations, Island Global Yachting Ltd.
Kenny Jones is currently contracted to oversee the IGY’s group day to day operations. Prior to this, he was the Operations Director for one of the largest Marina operators in Europe (19 Facilities). Kenny is responsible for the group’s entire portfolio (19 Facilities in 11 countries), upland, boat yards and marinas financial performance as well as advising on future business developments. To date, Kenny has managed over 30 marina facilities in 18 different countries and cultures. Kenny also served in the British Army as the Senior Marine Operations Officer and advisor on marine operations worldwide to a network of over 300 specialist servicemen. During his service in the British army, he was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) and other decorations.
Fenech & Fenech AdvocatesMore
Fenech & Fenech Advocates
Ann Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates – Malta. She qualified in 1986 and joined Holman Fenwick and Willan in London. In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner in June 2008.
She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of the most important international maritime operators.
She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the
Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. She lectures extensively on the subject in Malta and abroad; she is the President of the Malta Maritime Law Association.
In October 2010 she was appointed Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London. In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International and in November 2018 she was elected Vice-President of the CMI. She is currently the CMI co-ordinator in Working Group V1 of UNCITRAL currently debating a draft convention on the Effects of Judicial Sales.
Christine Cassar Naudi
Partner, GANADO AdvocatesMore
Christine Cassar Naudi
Partner, GANADO Advocates
Christine Cassar Naudi is a Partner within the corporate finance and tax team at Ganado Advocates, and heads the firm’s tax practice for yachts. She joined Ganado Advocates after working for a number of years with one of the Big Four firms in Malta in the international tax department. Christine provides tax advice to mostly international clients (both corporate and individual) on tax optimisation through Malta, including income tax, stamp duty and VAT implications for clients with Malta-based companies and structures. She is a speaker at a number of seminars and conferences.
Onur has started his career working in a commercial 256-meter vessel as third officer. He completed his military service as second lieutenant. He then started working in the marina sector as dock master at Port Göcek Marina in 1999. He worked as berth master, senior berth master, front office chief, front office manager, boatyard and front office manager respectively. He was appointed as Marina Manager after Port Göcek Marina was owned by Doğuş Group in December 2010.
Apart from marina management duties of D-Marin Göcek, Onur also started working as Operations Director of D-Marin marinas in Turkey since February 2018. He is responsible for overall business performance and sustainability of D-Marin marinas in Turkey including; marinas operations, budgeting, staff trainings, customer relationships, investments decided by BOD, improvement of the business and service quality of the marinas, new ideas and business development opportunities offerings to management.
Onur is passionate about the sea and the environment. He has a Diving Licence, Class III Master Captain Licence, IRC Measurer Licence. He is currently the vice president of Chamber of Shipping Fethiye Branch. He is the local representative of Cruising Association, Swedish Crusing Club and Kreuzer- Abteilung. He is the vicecomodore of Göcek Yacht Club, President of Göcek Culture and Tourism Assocation.
Onur graduated from Fishery Faculties at Ege University in İzmir. He lives in Göcek with his beautiful twins.
Since achieving a world record for kite-skiing to the Antarctic Pole of Inaccessibility, Henry has continued to set new benchmarks. Founded in 2009, his company Cookson Adventures crafts adventures worthy of class-leading yachts in some of the least charted waters on the planet, including Antarctica, Cocos Island, Micronesia and Svalbard.
Designed for both owners and charterers, his world-first yacht expeditions have helped scientists identify a new type of killer whale, organised the first private submersible dive in Antarctica and launched multi-yacht conservation projects in the Galápagos Islands. Today, Henry still personally hosts and curates many of the adventures himself.
An Art Historian and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Pandora’s career includes over 20 years at Board level in the cultural sector, focusing on business strategy, marketing and development.
As VP, Global Sales at Artnet, Pandora worked extensively with galleries and auction houses in New York, Paris and London enabling them to promote their works online. As MD of Bridgeman Art Library, she brought the world’s great art collections to the commercial market for the benefit of publishers, print and digital media, educational institutions and for major licensing projects. She has worked closely with artists, galleries, private collectors, museums and auctions houses to manage copyright, licensing and collaborative art projects. Having worked closely with artists for many years placing their works as part of a digital asset management system. Her expertise includes creating taxonomies and classifications of art together with various artistic themes for designers and publishers of high end fine art prints. Pandora has a cultural network of carefully developed resources in the arts including specialist experts, consultants in valuations, insurance, financing, art loans, technical analysis, logistics, photography, conservation, cleaning and framing.
Widely travelled in the museum world globally, she has also studied in France, Germany and Italy. Pandora’s areas of interest are classical Greek & Roman art, 18th century neoclassicism in décor, early 20th century Abstraction, Expressionism and the Surrealists.
Pandora holds a first-class degree in the History of Art from Manchester University and an MSt. in Ancient History from Keble College, Oxford and is a member of the Association of Art Historians, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Fellow of the RSA.
Head of Marine & Fine Art, Liberty Global Group, UKMore
Head of Marine & Fine Art, Liberty Global Group, UK
Michael Burle, Head of Marine at Liberty Specialty Markets
Michael is Head of Marine at Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM). He has over 27 years’ experience as an underwriter in Marine, Fine Art & Specie and War & Terrorism insurance. Based in London, he is responsible for managing a global portfolio, supported by an international team of market-leading specialist underwriters accustomed to dealing with high value and often sensitive risks. The team takes pride in providing tailored coverage and quality service to a sophisticated and discerning clientele.
LSM is a long-standing underwriter of Marine business with a global portfolio of risks across a broad section of industry.
LSM underwrites a global portfolio of Fine Art and Specie business for a diverse range of clients from local jewellery retailers and regional armoured car operators through to world-famous museums and the vaults of multi-national banks.
The risk of terrorist attacks, hijackings, sabotage, war and political instability continues to grow across the globe. LSM War and Terrorism risks are underwritten through Lloyd’s of London and through our global distribution network of offices.
Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors, Yacht Art Management, GermanyMore
Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors, Yacht Art Management, Germany
Due to his family background (Sprengel Museum Hannover), Tilman Kriesel became passionately involved in countless engagements in the art world at an early age. As a trained architect and project developer, he was increasingly sought out for his attitude in the art world. Today he manages art-properties and artcollections and shares his passion with the familiar.
Tilman Kriesel Art Advisors GmbH (TKA) is an independent advisor within the international art world. Due to Tilman’s experience and exclusive network, TKA is able to fulfil even outstanding individual expectations. His business operations include also Art Finance, Art Software, Art Estates, Art Buildings and Yacht Art Management.
Yacht Art Management (YAM) is the only full-service partner in order to ensure the highest level of arthandling quality on board. Founded in 2016, by Tilman Kriesel (architect and art expert) and Astor Milan Salcedo (artist and interior expert) in Hamburg/ Germany, YAM and its qualified partners are able to master all challenges related to art on superyachts, from ‘nail to nail’.
His team draws on several years of professional expertise in the mega yacht sector.
Managing Director – Marine & Aviation, VistraMore
Managing Director – Marine & Aviation, Vistra
Founder, Art- CounselMore
Founder, Art- Counsel
Alexander von Stein
Special Agent, Marshall Islands Shipping RegistryMore
Alexander von Stein
Special Agent, Marshall Islands Shipping Registry
Deputy Commissioner Maritime Affairs, Republic of the Marshall IslandsMore
Deputy Commissioner Maritime Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marc Verburg joined the Roosendaal office (Netherlands) of IRI in November 2007 as Flag State Inspector, with over a decade of maritime and supervisory experience. He was promoted to Safety & Technical Manager in late 2009 and in January 2013 was promoted to Fleet Operations Manager, Yachts. Mr. Verburg is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of yachts from a technical and marine safety perspective, including those yachts under construction and undergoing a re-fit.
Before joining IRI, Mr. Verburg worked with Amels Yacht Building as a Project Leader on newbuild projects. For over ten years prior, Mr. Verburg served as an Engineer with Holland America Line. Initially a Cadet Engineer, Mr. Verburg quickly assumed responsibilities of supervising a newbuild as 3rd Engineer. Mr. Verburg last served as Senior Second Engineer/First Engineer where his duties included managing the engine room, technical installation and coordinating the ship’s crew. He obtained his licenses as Chief Engineer Small Commercial Vessels and Engineer Seagoing Commercial Vessels from Middle Maritime School and his Chief Engineer Sea Going Commercial Vessels license from Higher Maritime University in Vlissingen (The Netherlands).
Dingli & Dingli Law Firm abo Superyacht Industry Network MaltaMore
Dingli & Dingli Law Firm abo Superyacht Industry Network Malta
Jessica Galea graduated as a Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Malta in 2008 and was admitted to the Maltese Bar in January 2009. She read a Masters Degree in international maritime law at the IMO’s IMLI, and graduated with distinction in May 2009. Jessica has formed part of Dingli & Dingli Law Firm’s Shipping Department since 2009, and works on all shipping and yachting related matters, including yacht and vessel registrations under numerous jurisdictions, assistance from a legal perspective with the establishment of yacht leasing structures including finance and operating leases, yacht importation procedures, yacht sale and purchase, mortgage registration and yacht finance; setting up of shipping organisations and advice on various regulatory issues. Jessica is a member of the Malta Chamber of Advocates and the Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA), and forms part of the MMLA’s yachting sub-committee. She actively participates in the events of the Super Yacht Industry Network Malta and shiparrested.com, of which networks Dingli & Dingli Law Firm is a member.
Director, EMEA Marine Commercial, RINA UKMore
Director, EMEA Marine Commercial, RINA UK
Fiorenzo Spadoni holds the current position of UK Marine Commercial Director and EMEA-ASIA-AMERICA yachting commercial coordinator for RINA Services.
He graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Genova in 2001.
He joined RINA in 2005 and till 2012 strengthened his experience in the marine sector as a surveyor in Turkey, Netherlands and France.
From 2012 to 2017, based in Genoa, he has been in charge of the yachting sector taking care of the Italian operational network and all commercial activities relevant to mega yachts and recreational crafts. He has been responsible for the developing of new services with special commitment in environmental and sustainability field.
From 2018 he has been managing the commercial activity in UK and Ireland for the marine sector with special focus on the cruise market. He retains the position of worldwide yachting coordinator leading global projects, innovative services and digital solutions for RINA clients.
Regional Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Cayman RegistryMore
Regional Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Cayman Registry
CEO, Templar ExecutivesMore
CEO, Templar ExecutivesAs CEO of Templar Executives, Fitz has led a number of interventions to support FTSE 100 companies and with his Templar Executives Team, designed cyber security transformation programmes to address shortfalls in ‘holistic cyber security maturity’ through addressing holistic security issues: people, culture, processes and Information Communications Technology. He has also established a Cyber Academy whose courses are accredited by GCHQ, IISP and BCS.Andrew’s background includes 18 years in the military specialising in air command and control. He has been closely involved in and authored key publications and policies including: The Data Handling Review 2008; The IA Diagnostic Methodology; the Ministry of Defence Information Assurance Strategy; and the national Information Assurance/Cyber Security strategy. He established the Senior Cyber Risk and Assurance Board now known as the Information Risk Assurance Board, and continues to work extensively with seniors in the Cabinet Office, GCHQ, and a wide-range of other Government Departments as well as the private sector, providing assurance, advisory and training capability.With an established reputation as a thought leader in the area of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, Andrew is a ‘Visiting Professor’ at Oxford University teaching on the PhD Cyber Security course, is often invited to speak at industry conferences and has had articles regularly published. Templar Executives was recently awarded ‘Cyber Security Firm of the Year 2015’ by European CEO Magazine.
Taylor Hampton SolicitorsMore
Taylor Hampton Solicitors
Co-founder, CSS PlatinumMore
Co-founder, CSS Platinum
Head of Yacht and Jet Department, Rosemont International / Rosemont Yacht ServicesMore
Head of Yacht and Jet Department, Rosemont International / Rosemont Yacht Services
Janet has an international background and graduated at University of Aix-Marseille III. She has Masters in International/European and Maritime Law.
Since 2001 Janet has gained significant working experience in the yachting sector in Europe and recently in Asia and headed up the yacht departments of two other Luxembourg and Monaco based companies. Her extensive legal, fiscal and commercial experience is further strengthened with a practical background in the yacht sector ensuring the delivery of a dedicated range of services to the most exacting standards.
As head of the Marine & Aviation Division, Janet leads a team of professional and highly experienced people who can assist owners and brokers during all the ownership process starting from the purchase or construction up to the sale by considering also their structuring, legal, tax, financing, registration, insurance, crewing and day to day administration needs.
Del Viso AvocatsMore
Del Viso Avocats
Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
Miguel Angel SerraMore
Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
Miguel Angel Serra
Miguel Angel Serra is partner at Albors Galiano Portales, leading Spanish firm in Maritime and Aviation Law, as well as legal&tax advisor of ANEN (Spanish Nautical Business Association).
He is lawyer, economist, master’s degree in Tax Law, master’s degree in Urban and Town Planning Law, and also official real estate agent (API).
He is lecturer at the Balearic Islands University (UIB) and lecturer in the Master’s Degree in Tax System (UIB).
He has a vast experience in leading projects and advising private and business clients in the fields of yachting, aviation and real estate transactions.
Partner, Fenech & FenechMore
Partner, Fenech & Fenech
Alison Vassallo is a Partner of Fenech and Fenech Advocates in Malta and heads the Yachting Department. She also works within the Marine Litigation Department.
She qualified as a lawyer in 2004 with a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Malta and proceeded to obtain her Masters Degree in International Maritime Law from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO) in 2005.
She joined Fenech and Fenech Advocates in 2006. For the past 10 years she has been heavily involved in advising and co-ordinating projects for owners and financiers relating to the acquisition and sale of both private yacht and commercial yachts with regard to registration, financing, chartering, yacht leasing and fiscal requirements and solutions. Furthermore, her areas of practice within the firm embrace all aspects of maritime law including EU shipping law, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards, ship arrest and other precautionary measures for obtainment of security and co-ordination of tender procedures involving a maritime element.
Alison Vassallo is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Yachting Trade Section within the Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Malta Marittima Agency, Executive Member and Secretary of the Malta Superyacht Industry Network, a Member of the Chamber of Advocates, a Committee Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA) and a Board Member of the yachting sub-committee formed within the MMLA.
Partner, Moores RowlandMore
Partner, Moores Rowland
After completing his studies in Economics at the University in Rome, Ezio Vannucci moved back to Viareggio, the capital of yachting in Italy, where he registered as Tax and Fiscal Consultant.
He is currently Partner of Moores Rowland Partners with office in Viareggio and La Spezia.
Ezio is specialized in Tax, VAT and Customs law applied to the yachting , acting as consultant for shipyards, Owners, Broker, International legal Firms; he further assists Owners, both Italian and Foreign, in any fiscal and Customs issues related to new Yacht construction and Sale – Purchase of Yacht. He then assists Ownership in any litigation against Italian Authorities concerning Tax, Vat, Customs issues related to Yacht.
Ezio has almost 20 years’ experience in the sector and is one of the most active consultants on the Italian yachting scene today.
Ezio is a well-respected speaker at seminars and conferences dealing with yachting fiscal matters in Italy and in the EU, and cooperates with CONFINDUSTRIA NAUTICA, the Italian National Association of Shipyard.
Jennifer Timinis has been working with UHNWIs for most of her professional life. She qualified as a UK solicitor in 2005 and worked for TLT and Hill Dickinson for over 10 years specialising in superyacht transactions. In her current position at OCEDA, she advises owners and their advisers on all tax, legal and operational issues arising from cruising and homeporting in Greece. She is one of the driving forces behind Oceda and has been actively involved in building a strong team of experienced, innovative and dynamic team offering management, agency and brokerage services bringing a fresh approach to the local yachting industry.
Founder & CEO, Bargate MurrayMore
Founder & CEO, Bargate Murray
Quentin Bargate qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and has since spent his entire career in top City of London law firms, including running his own highly regarded firm, Bargate Murray, where he is head of the firm’s Superyacht and Dispute Resolution Groups as well as being the firm’s CEO. Client sources comment on the “huge amount of litigation experience” that Quentin has, adding that he is “very well connected” and “knows his stuff.” A satisfied client appreciates that “he does the work from the beginning to the end, providing a full and complete service,” and the source adds: “His advice is always helpful and he is very practical.” (Source: Chambers HNW Guide 2019)
Quentin says: “In 2004, I fulfilled a lifetime ambition when I set up my own law firm, Quentin Bargate & Co. (renamed Bargate Murray in 2006). We incorporated in 2013. I had been a partner in Simmons & Simmons and Head of its International Trade and Shipping Group and a member of the Litigation Department and Arbitration Groups where I developed specialist skills in superyacht contracts and disputes as well as commercial shipping and trade. Bargate Murray was a new challenge – to take all that knowledge I had gained over 14 years from a big City of London international practice, and offer it to clients who wanted a nimbler, more responsive service from a specialist firm.”
Bargate Murray is highly ranked in the Chambers HNW 2020 Guide for ‘Yachts & Superyachts’, and the Guide recognises Quentin as a Leading Individual for his expertise in this practice.
Quentin is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), but he also deals with cases in court when required. He occasionally sits as an arbitrator.
Quentin is a member of the Baltic Exchange, the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands yacht committee. He holds a Master’s degree in Marine law, is a member of the LMAA, a Member of the Nautical Institute, a member of the IOD, a member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and a Freeman of the City of London.
His other interests include photography (Elsevier has published a technical book on stock photography “Microstock Photography” written by Quentin under his pen name Douglas Freer), music and his family.
Maja graduated in 2000 with a BA in Economics from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. She is also a licensed Maritime Agent and holds a Certificate for Superyacht Management from the Maritime Training Academy in the United Kingdom.
Maja began her yachting career in 2005 as a stewardess on various mega yachts. Working on the private, busy charter and new build yachts, she learned firsthand the operational, technical and administrative aspects of running a super yacht.
After gaining this valuable experience while cruising the world, crossing the Suez and Panama channels and the Atlantic ocean, chartering in the Caribbean and West Med, and spending time in some of the best shipyards in Holland, Germany and the USA, Maja left yachts as a chief stewardess in 2008 to open MYS Yachting.
She started the company as a boutique yachting company to service luxury mega yachts in Croatia and Montenegro.
After a decade of growth and building relationships in the industry and in the region, MYS Yachting is now a diverse team of individuals with backgrounds in yachting, tourism, finance, technology.
Initially a maritime/yacht agency for mega yachts in Croatia and Montenegro, MYS Yachting has added VAT and fiscal representation and charter and management services.