OPINION: London Calling


Our team is flat out getting ready for our Superyacht Investor London Conference 2019 next week. So I am shirking work by sending this.

It is always hard to pick out the best sessions, but I am particularly looking forward to the repossession session which includes Siptah Selvaratnam from Tommy Thomas Advocates and Solicitors. Selvaratnam is the principal lawyer acting for the Malaysian government in the sale of Equanimity and the surrounding legal complexities. Also speaking in this session will be Panos Pourgourides from Hill Dickinson, Ann Fenech from Fenech & Fenech and Lewis Baglietto at Hassans.

Robert van Tol from The Superyacht Life Foundation will be discussing the portrayal of the superyacht owner in light of the media coverage of figures such as Sir Phillip Green and Vijay Mallya.

Nikoo Ordodary from Ahoy Club will set out their vision for the future of yachting. With Jamie Edmiston, CEO at Edmiston, then delivering the case for brokers.

Expert knowledge will be in abundance in the session with Rob Myers from Inmarsat and Umberto Gallo at Milano Teleport regarding the future of connecting yachts at sea.

Other intriguing discussions will include ‘Art on Yachts’ which will explore the risks and issues with importation and duty.

‘Flying on Yachts’ explores how large the market is and just how big the yacht has to be to land a helicopter. There will be a packed panel of speakers including Charlotte Pedersen from Luxaviation and Frederic Lemos from Airbus Corporate Helicopter

On the agenda there is also a session regarding ‘Electric Yachting’ and the panel will include Derek Munro who project managed the design and build of the world’s largest sailing yacht – Black PearlAND if that was not enough, Simon Brealey who was the principal engineer on this incredible yacht will also be part of this debate. They will both be joined by Michael Stusch from H2 Industries who are pioneers in energy storage.

But this is just a taste of what in store at  this year’s conference. And of course that is just the formal sessions. Lots of the best stories will come from the Dealmakers’ Dinner, the cocktail receptions and the historic public house walking tour.

For the full two-day agenda click here.

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