Superyacht Investor London 2024

May 14 & 15, 2024 | London

Superyacht Investor London 2024

Superyacht Investor London 2024 | May 14 & 15

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

Superyacht Investor is the event for yacht dealmakers.

There are other yacht conferences, but Superyacht Investor London is different. Running since 2016, this conference is dedicated to the people who buy, sell, finance, manage or insure yachts (for the dealmakers who drive the global superyacht market).

Superyacht Investor London took place in London on May 14 & 15, 2024. The event brought together more than 200 senior-level industry experts for two days of information sharing and networking.

Who attended:

  • Yacht brokers
  • Financiers
  • Lawyers
  • Yards
  • Flag states
  • Surveyors
  • Tax specialists
  • Consultants
  • Yacht managers
  • Corporate service providers

Superyacht Investor London is accredited with the CPD Group. By attending Superyacht Investor London, you can receive 18 CLE/CPD points.

“I appreciate the event very much, within a short period of time you get a very good picture of the industry and meet many well-known yacht experts, as well as professionals who do not participate in the usual shows”



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All timings are subject to change

08.45 Registration & refreshments

09.30 Welcome to Superyacht Investor London 2024
Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

09.35 The state of the market 2024
Where are sales? 
Is demand for new builds falling? 
Reality v broker optimism
Richard Lambert, Burgess

09.55 The future of yacht management 2024
Do brokerages need to offer management?
Do customers really understand what management companies do?
Moderator: Adrian Karborani, Robert Allen Law
Chris Andreason, Edmiston
AJ Blackmon Ikonic Yachts
Ryan Green, Burgess
Franc Jansen,  JMS Yacht Management
Marianne Danissen, Camper & Nicholsons

10.35 What owners want
Jamie Edmiston, Edmiston

10.55 Morning coffee hosted by Ikonic Yachts

11.25 The captain conundrum
Developing high-performance teams
Captains as CEO of mini businesses
Are we seeing a talent shortage?
Moderator: Tim Clarke, Quay Crew
Captain Joe Arch
Captain Simon Jones
arl Santrian, BZ Maritime Leadership
Captain Christian Stacey 

12.05 Yacht valuation – the price is right?
Would the market benefit from more transparency?
Would it encourage more lending
Lessons from Vessel Values
Moderator: Bob Atkinson, JB Capital
Andy Blundell, Close Brothers
Tim Langmead, Fraser
Sam Tucker, Moravia Yachting

12.45 Lunch hosted by Robert Allen Law

14.00 Across the pond
How is the US market in an election year?
How will a Trump presidency affect yacht sales?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Paolo Casani, Camper & Nicholsons
Tim Johnson, TJB Superyachts
Jeremy Roche, Denison Yachts
Andréa Sinacola, Robert Allen Law

14.40 Will AI revolutionise transactions?
This will always be a people industry vs thefuture is AI
Moderator: Joseph Adir, / 7 Oceans Yacht Club
Daria Cabai, Navalmartin
James Foley-Comer, Jaffa & Co

15.10 Afternoon tea

15.40 Any currency in crypto
Passing fad or real boon to the superyacht sector?
Moderator: Ian Petts, Jaffa Prive
Henry Smith, Cecil Wright & Partners
Jay Tooker, HFW
Giles Whitby-Smith, Bitcashier

16.20 What is the future power solution for sustainable yachting?
Is nuclear the future?
Are molten salt reactors the secret to emission free yachting ?
Should yacht owners be funding R&D?
How easy is it for engineers to adapt to new technologies
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Simon Brealey, Lateral Naval Engineering
Engel de Boer, Lloyds Register
Giedo Leoff, Feadship
Matteo Magherini, RINA

17.00 Superyacht Investor Yard Awards 2024
Which yards do yacht dealmakers rate the highest

17.15 Closing remarks

17.30 Cocktail reception



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 has a physical presence in many of the major yachting jurisdictions. 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 agreements and intellectual property issues
• Construction agreements
• Pre and post-delivery financing, restructuring and work out arrangements
• Yacht sale and purchase transactions
• Ownership structures
• Registration arrangements
• Import and export formalities
• VAT/Customs issues
• Management agreements
• Crewing and employment matters
• Refit and repair contracts
• Charter agreements
• Sale and purchase of berths
• Physical and cyber security arrangements
• Health, safety and regulatory compliance
• Business jets and helicopters
• Tenders, submersibles and other ancillary equipment
• Yacht arrest and dispute resolution
• Admiralty and crisis management
• Insurance arrangements, including questions of coverage

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

Lead Sponsors

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
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.


Al Seer Marine is a global maritime organization headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Our extensive service portfolio encompasses commercial shipping, yachting, boat building, large-scale 3D printing, unmanned vessel platforms and capabilities, and cutting-edge technological innovations. We seamlessly integrate top-tier services, innovative technological solutions, and a proven track record of operational excellence.
Whether it's operating a fleet of superyachts with luxurious precision, owning & operating a fleet of commercial vessels, employing innovative additive manufacturing processes, or engineering futuristic unmanned vessels, Al Seer Marine stands as a beacon of expertise, capability, and excellence, capable of transforming any maritime vision into a reality.
Our comprehensive service approach ensures a seamless journey from conception to realization, leveraging the latest in commercial ship and yacht management innovations. Our dedicated boat building team not only excels in additive design techniques and precision builds but also offers extensive training and expert maintenance, ensuring the longevity and performance of our creations. With a workforce of over 1200 professionals representing 50 diverse nationalities, they stand ready to consistently deliver superior results, embodying our commitment to excellence with each project undertaken.
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.
Ikonic is a fully integrated yachting ecosystem with a focus on extraordinary service and industry-leading asset management and valuation. Our consultative boutique family office style approach in all of our verticals has created value for our clients and partners that is unmatched in the world of yachting.

With over $1B in transactions to date, our team continues to focus on delivering an exceptional experience in ownership and charter.
MCM is recognized as one of the world’s leading groups of talented and knowledgeable marine industry experts who know that the best results stem from dedication, unwavering focus and teamwork to provide the Owner with an unmatched experience and world-class result.

• Since 1988 MCM has been involved on over 200 yachts in power and sail.

• MCM is the only yacht management company where we truly specialize in both motor yachts and sailing yachts.

• MCM’s Yacht Management ensures operational excellence, delivering unparalleled personal service.

With MCM representing them, owners can rest assured that they are in expert and truly independent hands and as a result, can cruise worldwide with confidence.

Dedication, trustworthiness, and teamwork define MCM's philosophy, delivering unparalleled experiences and world-class results.
The role of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) is to implement the Maritime policies of the Government covering shipping operations, safety of life at sea, security and the prevention of, and response to, pollution from ships. The VISR also enforces the regulations applicable to Virgin Islands vessels wherever they may be, and for all vessels navigating in the territorial waters of the Virgin Islands. The VISR develops appropriate standards of training, evaluation and certification for Virgin Islands seafarers and on-shore staff in accordance with the respective needs of international and domestic shipping and the BVI maritime industry, and it provides timely, accurate and appropriate information and advice to the Government, public and private sector organisations and the general public. Ship registration provides a revenue stream to the BVI through the registration fees for ships and seafarers, and also for the corporate registration of the companies set up in the BVI to own and represent the ships. Ships registered in the BVI are British Ships and fly the Red Ensign. The UK Secretary of State for Transport has the general superintendence of the Red Ensign Group of Registries (REG) in all matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the executive Agency of the Department of Transport responsible for maritime administration and has a supervisory role to ensure that the VISR (and other REG administrations) maintain the highest international standards in accordance with their obligations under the Conventions and in line with UK policy.
Wikborg Rein, an international law firm with over a century of history, is distinguished for its comprehensive commercial advice to world-renowned brands across diverse industries. Headquartered in Norway, a global nexus for shipping and offshore activities, the firm excels in maritime legal services both locally and internationally. Its network spans Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, London, Shanghai, and Singapore, with the London office, established in 1987, being the core of its global English law practice. With over 70 English qualified lawyers worldwide, Wikborg Rein demonstrates a remarkable legal reach. Renowned for its outstanding expertise in the yachts sector, the firm boasts specialists with extensive experience in handling both transactions and disputes. The team consistently represents leading builders and owners, dealing with some of the most prominent yachts in the global fleet. Their full-service practice encompasses complex issues, unique boats, and unconventional transactions, always ensuring pragmatic, focused advice to safeguard clients' interests and navigate challenges with minimal disruption. Wikborg Rein's yacht services extend to construction and refit, sale and purchase, dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, ownership structuring, corporate issues, and financing, highlighting its comprehensive approach to client service.
Yacht Survey Partners are global marine surveyors and superyacht consultants providing pre purchase surveys, condition surveys and post casualty surveys for both hull machinery and P&I claims, casualty support including salvage, technical consultancy, expert witness and dispute resolution.

We specialise in yachts above 30 meters in length (both power and sail) with a particular focus on superyachts above 40 metres combining our yachting experience and knowhow with first class support to our clients including the world’s leading yacht brokers, managers, law firms, marine underwriters and insurance brokers.

We combine extensive technical knowledge and experience in the luxury yacht market with an excellent commercial understanding of brokerage, new build, refit and insurance markets, making us exceptionally well placed to provide sound objective advice in all aspects of marine surveying.

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