Superyacht Investor London 2023

14-15 March 2023 | Royal Garden Hotel, London

Superyacht Investor London is without doubt a leading event in Europe for the key stakeholders in the Superyacht industry
Will Christie, Founder, Christie Yachts

The industry-leading conference dedicated to superyacht finance, purchase and ownership.

Superyacht Investor London 2023 was held in London on 14th & 15th March.

With over 170 senior executives attending in 2023, this is a fantastic opportunity to expand your network and enhance your industry knowledge.

The event had 10+ hours of scheduled networking meaning attendees multiplied and strengthened connections at our popular networking events.

If you’re interested in meeting the yachting industry’s most important shipyards, financiers, brokers, advisers, management companies, designers, insurers, lawyers, appraisers and other leading figures involved in the ‘business’ of superyachts, Superyacht Investor London is the perfect platform for you.

Invaluable networking time and possibly opening up the door for new business, new partnerships and new perspectives
Rosemont Yacht Services

Topics included:

  • Has the Russian invasion reshaped yachting?
  • Will yacht lending survive bank ESG policies?
  • Are sanctions and seizures working? 
  • Strategies for managing yard insolvency 
  • Sustainable yachts – hydrogen vs electric vs methanol
  • Why buy a whole yacht? – fractional versus whole ownership
  • Is demand for Crypto sales falling?

Please email Rianne West if you would like to receive information on Superyacht Investor London 2024.



All timings are subject to change

09.00 Registration

09.25 Opening Remarks

09.30 A deep dive into today’s market 
Richard Lambert, Burgess

09.50 Sustainable yachts
Hydrogen vs electric vs methanol
How important is efficiency?
What are the costs of going green?
Moderator: Alessio Sbraga, HFW
Giedo Loeff, Feadship
Olivier Blanchet, BNP Paribas
Simon Brealey, Lateral Naval Architects
Simon Turner, Sunreef Yachts

10.30  Yachting Association Updates
John Wyborn, Bluewater

10.50 Morning Coffee hosted by HFW

11.20 Has the Russian invasion reshaped yachting?
Are sanctions and seizures working?
Will the rise of the Eastern Med continue
Will Russian owners ever return
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Quentin Bargate, Bargate Murray

Dan Martin, HFW
Matthew Attard, Ganado Advocates
Chris Anderson, Robert Allen Law
James Jaffa, Jaffa & Co

12.20 Yacht finance – a view from the burrowers
Do banks take too long
Are banks too conservative?
Are there enough options available?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

John Stephens, J B Capital
Leon Batchelor, Carrig Partners

Umberto Bonavita, Robert Allen Law

13.00 Lunch hosted by Robert Allen Law

14.20 Risky Business

Is the only way up for rates?
Is capacity rising?
Why are we seeing so many incidents?
Moderator: Sarah Allan, Penningtons Manches Cooper
Paul Miller, Millstream

Mike Taylor-West, Partners&
Mike Wimbridge, Pantaenius
Ben Lind, AIG

 15.00 Why buy a whole yacht?
Fractional versus whole ownership
Choosing the right owners
Moderator: Nic Arnold, JTC Private Office
Raf Breuls, SeaNet Europe

Filippo Rossi, Floating Life

15.40 Afternoon Tea hosted by HFW

16.20 How can we reduce crew turnover?
What can be done to improve retention
Tim Clarke, Quay Crew
John Walsh, Yacht Captain
Angus Cowan, Yacht Captain
Oliver Batty, Dohle Yachts

17.00 Managing shipyard insolvency
How can buyers protect themselves?
Buyer security: refund guarantees versus ownership
Moderator: Alex Sayegh, HFW
Jay Tooker, HFW
Robert Allen, Robert Allen Law

17.45 Cocktail Reception hosted by Trident Trust


Event Partner

Having served the world’s shipping industry since 1883, we are universally regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping law firms. The reputation of our marine and admiralty departments, and the enduring relationships developed by our firm with the owners and operators of yachts and commercial vessels throughout the world form the foundation of our current practice. Our yacht team has been an integral part of the yachting industry for over 30 years and its in-depth knowledge of this intimate industry, combined with its global reach, ensures it is pre-eminent in the provision of legal services to yachting. We recognise that the industry is driven by a small group of high and ultra-high net worth individuals whose acquisition of a yacht and the drivers for doing so are usually quite separate to any business activities they may undertake and where issues of discretion and confidentiality are often of paramount importance.

We provide full service legal support to the yachting industry and advise on all legal issues a yacht is likely to encounter during its life, including:
• design and construction,
• sale and purchase transactions,
• financing,
• ownership structures,
• registration arrangements,
• VAT/Customs issues,
• operation and management,
• crewing,
• refit & repair,
• chartering,
• physical and cyber security,
• insurance.
• health, safety and regulatory compliance,
• casualties and crisis response,
• yacht arrest and dispute resolution.

We also support owners with legal issues concerning related assets, such as berths, tenders, submarines, helicopters and business jets.

Lead Sponsors

Robert Allen Law is best known for its experienced team of attorneys who counsel and guide clients through the legal challenges and complexities of yachting and super yacht matters, including construction, buying, selling, chartering, financing, the brokerage business, and related litigation and arbitration.

Intensely focused on the yacht industry, the firm is a highly respected player in the industry and a reference to its peers. Serving as a legal advisor to several of the world’s leading yacht manufacturing groups and brokerages, it is also the principal legal advisor to the leading trade industry association for yacht brokers throughout the world.

The Robert Allen Law team brings together lawyers with diverse legal backgrounds and language capabilities. Its transaction lawyers, trained primarily in the corporate world, and its litigators, trained in the civil and criminal law fields, bring their experience to yacht transactions and the yacht business itself – supported by a senior lawyer who is also a professor of maritime and admiralty law. As a result, they are uniquely equipped to assist clients in the ever-increasingly global market of the yachting industry. In practical terms, their lawyers combined experience in the yacht field exceeds a century and its lawyers and staff are fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Distinct from most “yacht law” firms, several Robert Allen Law attorneys worked in leading corporate and international law firms specializing in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance and other business matters, making Robert Allen Law perhaps the leading corporate law firm in the world with a focus on the yachting industry. Because of these backgrounds and broad ranges of experience, the firm is also regularly engaged on behalf of lenders with respect to yacht financing transactions, as well as yacht builders – for buyers and manufactures – doing business internationally, wherever yachts are built and wherever buyers, sellers and banks are located.

In addition to its yacht transaction team, the firm’s litigation practice is well established and unique among law firms focused on the yacht field in the United States. When disputes arise, the firm’s experience in mediation, arbitration, and pre-trial matters, allows Robert Allen Law attorneys (including a former yacht captain) to assist clients with assessment of risks, as well as alternative, and often more efficient ways to resolve matters. When litigation is required, the firm also offers unique value in terms of trial experience because its team consists of industry veterans, including the current chairman of a Marine Arbitration Council, and attorneys who prosecuted for the State of Florida or defended those prosecuted.
Established in 1978, Trident Trust is a leading independent corporate, fiduciary and fund administrator, employing over 950 staff across a global footprint that spans Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. The Group provides services to professional advisers (lawyers and accountants) and other qualified intermediaries, financial institutions, asset managers, private clients, family offices and international businesses, who rely on our worldwide presence, local knowledge and our core values of reliability, responsiveness, attention to detail and personal service.
Trident Trust Marine Services offer a comprehensive range of services for the commercial vessel and luxury yacht sectors, including registration, payroll and human resources services, accounting support and administration of the ownership structures of vessels.
Our global marine capabilities are delivered though several key hubs across the Americas, Caribbean and Europe, supported by a dedicated marine services team in Guernsey.

• Guernsey: the core of our marine services team, specialises in marine HR, employment and payroll services.
• London: our global hub for all private and corporate client liaison, on hand for any private clients & key intermediaries when needed.
• Caribbean & Americas: access to key vessel registration jurisdictions, corporate structuring and local on-the-ground administration personnel.
• Cyprus: specialist ship management hub: formation and administration of multi-jurisdictional corporate structures for vessel ownership and/or chartering.
• Malta: leading European jurisdiction: ship registration, leasing structure administration.


You may well know Bargate Murray as a top international luxury asset law firm.

You are also probably aware that Bargate Murray have been recognised for many years for our expertise in superyacht transactional and advisory matters, aviation (private jets and litigation) and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation), as well as other luxury assets.

But what really matters to us and to our clients is the personal, tailored, practical advice we provide, enabling problems to be solved, and deals to be done. Your success is our goal in all that we do.

We understand that no two clients are the same, and neither are their requirements. We work hard to get to know and understand you so that our work matches your aspirations.

Bargate Murray have been ranked for 7 consecutive years in the Chambers and Partners HNW guide for our work with Yachts and Superyachts. A market insider said, “they have a good mix of many years of industry experience coupled with strong professional knowledge”.

Quentin Bargate has also been described as a “Brilliant arbitrator, absolutely brilliant”.

We regularly act as trusted advisers to UHNW individuals, their family offices and UK-based and international corporations, advising on all aspects of the ownership, acquisition, disposal and operation of luxury assets.

Client confidentiality is at our core. We are proud to represent clients who own and operate yachts including some of the largest and most incredible projects yet built. We also work on all issues affecting jets, including accident and investigation work, as well as business jet sale and purchase.

And if you have a dispute, rest assured that our dispute resolution department, headed by CEO and founder Quentin Bargate, has the skills and track record to help you achieve the best outcome.

Some of the things we deal with include the following:

• Yacht and jet sale and purchase agreements
• Negotiating, drafting and reviewing yacht construction agreements
• Conversion and repair agreements
• Crew agreements
• Contracts with professionals such as architects and designers
• Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and litigation
• Bank and other finance arrangements
• Performance guarantees
• Project management arrangements
• Flagging and registration
• Corporate issues and ownership structures
Interested? We are happy, always, to discuss, confidentially, your needs.
With more than 1,400 employees and a presence in Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Lugano, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA is a leading European bank in Switzerland for corporates, institutions and private clients.

Active in Switzerland since 1872, we strive for long term development with a clear strategy for each business line:

•To be the preferred partner of Corporates and Institutions, supporting them in their development both in Europe and beyond with our “One Bank for Corporates” initiative.
•To be a leader in Wealth Management in terms of expertise and service for private clients and entrepreneurs.
•To be a reference for commodity finance thanks to our “Specialized Trade Solutions” dedicated to historical clients who share our values and to Group’s Corporate clients in Europe.

The BNP Paribas Group integrated model enables us to offer our clients the financial stability of a leading bank in Europe with international reach and its wide range of products and investment.

By developing long-term close working relationships with our clients, we aspire to contribute to sustainable, responsible growth
The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (Cayman Registry) is listed as a Category 1 British Registry within the Red Ensign Group. The Registry is considered to be first class and rated as one of the top flags in the world by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The Cayman Registry is white-listed and has qualified for “Low Risk” status within the Paris and Tokyo Port State Control Memoranda of Understanding (PSC MOUs) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Qualship 21 Programme, meaning considerably less Port State Control inspections for Cayman-registered vessels.

A division of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (Cayman Maritime), Cayman Registry provides a dynamic environment that supports its clients’ efforts to maximise their respective stakeholders’ interests in global shipping, whilst promoting compliance with international maritime Conventions in the areas of maritime safety and security, environmental protection and the welfare of seafarers. It offers client-focused quality maritime administration and services which include vessel registration, survey and certification, crew compliance, vessel construction supervision and maritime consultancy.

The Cayman Registry’s maintains a head office in the Cayman Islands; regional offices in Southampton, United Kingdom and Singapore; and has representatives in London, Ft. Lauderdale, Australia, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Panama and the Philippines.
For further information, please visit or contact us at [email protected]

Ganado Advocates is a leading commercial law firm with a particular focus on the corporate, financial services and maritime/aviation sectors, predominantly servicing international clients doing business through Malta. The firm also promotes other areas such as tax, pensions, intellectual property, employment and litigation. The firm traces its roots back to the early 1900s, and is today one of Malta’s foremost law practices, consistently ranking as a leading firm in all its core sectors. Ganado Advocates has, over the past decades, contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services.
Ganado Advocates is at the forefront of the local ship registration and ship finance sectors and acts for many major ship owners, yacht and superyacht owners, banks and other financial institutions. The firm has also been strongly involved in the re-drafting of much of the relevant shipping legislation over the years.
One of the Ganado Advocates’ major strengths is the long standing involvement in yacht financing and yacht mortgaging. The firm’s specialist advisers act regularly for yacht financing banks and institutions throughout the world, making Ganado Advocates one of the leading players in the shipping and yachting sectors in Malta.

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Companies attended in 2023:

Abeking & Rasmussen | ABL Yachts | Acumum Services Ltd | AIC Global Solutions | AIG | Arksen | Bargate Murray | BDO Malta | Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage | BIL | Bitcashier | Bluewater | BNP Paribas | BURGESS | Carrig Partners | Cayman Islands Shipping Registry | Cecil Wright & Partners | Charles Taylor | Close Brothers Aviation and Marine | Clyde & Co | Createrra Finance | Credence (Malta) | Credit Suisse | Dixcart Management Limited | Döhle Yachts | Dominion Marine | Elixir Cruises | Equiom Group | EYOS Expeditions | F/LIST | Family Office Magazine | Feadship | Fenech & Fenech Advocates | Fiduchi | Fire Investigations (UK) LLP | Floating Life | Fraser Yachts | Ganado Advocates | GVZH Advocates | Harrison Eidsgaard | Harvestd AgTech Ventures Inc. | Hesketh Henry | HFW | Hill Robinson | Howden Sturge | Ince | International Registries Inc | International University of Monaco | Investec Aviation & Marine | IOM GOV DED | IQ-EQ | Isle of Man Ship Registry | J B Capital | Jaffa & Co. | Jaymo Advisory | Jet Aviation | JP Morgan Chase Private Bank | JTC Group | Jutheau Husson Yachting | KPMG Malta | Lateral Naval Architects | Limassol Marina | Lombard | Lürssen Yachts | MB92 | MCM | Mifsud & Mifsud Advocates | Millstream Underwriting Ltd | MMPS Limited | Navalmartin | Ogier | Pantaenius Uk Limited | Partners& | Pelorusx | Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP | PPT Legal | Preston Turnbull LLP | Quay Crew | Robert Allen Law | Rosemont Yacht Services | Royal Pine | Royal Spanish | Scenic | SeaNet Europe | Shoosmiths | St Julian’s Maritime Finance Ltd | Stephenson Harwood | Studio Legale Vaudo Paggini & C. | Sunreef Yachts | Superyacht Recruiter | SuperYacht Times | TAG Aviation | The Shipowners’ Club | TJB Super Yachts | Trident Trust | TWW Yachts | UKSA | VesselsValue | Vistra Marine & Aviation Limited | Watson Farley & Williams | Wavebreak Project Engineering | West Nautical | Wikborg Rein | Winch Design | Winterbothams | Zedra Group – Corporate Services

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