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We are delighted to announce that Opportunities in Superyachts, the 8th Annual Conference takes place at the Corinthia Hotel, St George’s Bay, Malta on the 2nd December 2020.  With the current uncertain situation with COVID-19 we are constantly reviewing the best format to deliver this event with the current plan being to deliver a live event.   The very latest information will always be posted on this page.

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.  With a mixture of plenary, breakout sessions and more intimate roundtable sessions you will be able to tailor the experience to cover exactly what you need and also ensure excellent networking throughout the day.

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
* Blockchain Technologies in the superyacht industry
* The Impact of Large Yacht Technologies
* Taxing questions – VAT experts from Malta, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Montenegro discuss the latest developments
* Privacy, Protection and Reputation
* Plus Roundtable sessions to discuss topics such as Suoeryacht insurance, Helicopters on-board yachts, Compliance, Marinas etc etc in more detail

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.

Staged the day after Opportunities in Business Jets, its sister conference, delegates to both conferences will be able to benefit from substantial benefits opportunities across allied industries. What`s more, as a delegate at Opportunities in Superyachts you are welcome to attend the joint Cocktail Party on the evening of Tuesday, 1st December AND the closing drinks reception on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020, thereby maximising your networking time!

08.00Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.00Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.05Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
Andrew Charlier, Partner, HFW Monaco SARL
09.10Opening presentation:
Mr Joseph Bugeja, Chairman & CEO, Transport Malta
Session Two: Buying & Owning a Superyacht:
09.25Exploring alternative ownership models
Andrea Pezzini, Director & Co-Founder, Floating Life
09.45The benefits of using escrow accounts for purchasing superyachts
*How do escrow accounts work in different jurisdictions?
Henning Schwarzkopf, M.C.L, Schwarzkopf Law
& Bransom Bean
10.05Questions & Discussion
10.10Panel: 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?
Moderated by:Christine Cassar Naudi, Partner, GANADO Advocates
Panellists to include:
Gunes Aysun, Galeo Yachting
Henry Cookson, Cookson Adventures
Andrea Pezzini, Director & Co-Founder, Floating Life
Craig Barnett, Triton
10.50Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Three: Clean seas and plastic free marinas
11.20Presentation: The superyacht industry as drivers of clean seas and plastic
free marinas
*How are Owners responding to or driving plastic reduction policies?
*The plastic free marina
*How the not-for-profit / foundation model works
Bradley Robertson, President & Co-Founder, Save the Med
11.40Questions & Discussion
Session Four: Ship arrest
11.45Legal issues – Ship arrest procedure in Europe
Yamandu Rodriguez Caorsi, Lawyer (Marine Engineer / Master 500 GT) NautaLegal
12.05Questions & Discussion
Session Five: Break-out sessions
12.10Delegates can choose one of two hour-long workshops:

Option 1: Picasso On Board! Legal Pitfalls, Costly Accidents, Seizures – what can go wrong with fine art, who is responsible, are you insured?
Led by: Pandora Mather-Lees,
Panellists include:
Michael Burle, Head of Marine & Fine Art, Liberty Global Group, UK
Tilman Kriesel, Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors, Yacht Art Management, Germany
Victoria Stupina, Founder & CEO, ARTCONSUL, Russia

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.

Option 2: Flag State and Port State Control
Flag registration procedures in different jurisdictions
Port State Control – Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC)
Led by: Anthony Galea, Vistra
Panellists include:
Alex von Stein & Mark Verburg, Marshall Islands Shipping Registry
Phil Noad, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
Dr Jessica Galea, Dingli & Dingli & o.b.o. Superyacht Industry Network Malta

Session Six: Blockchain Technologies in the superyacht industry
14.05Update on cryptocurrency legislation changes
*How are related industries making use of blockchain technologies?
*What benefits can blockchain technologies offer superyacht Owners?
*What impact will legislative changes concerning blockchain technologies have on how assets such as superyachts can be managed?
*How are Malta and other jurisdictions responding to these changes?
Dr. Geraldine Spiteri, Managing Director, Asteria
Session Seven: Taxing questions
14.45*VAT experts from Malta, Cyprus, France, Spain, Italy and Montenegro discuss the latest developments

Led by: Janet Xanthopolous, Head of Yacht and Jet Department, Rosemont International / Rosemont Yacht Services
Panellists include:
Miguel Ángel Serra, Socio / Partner, Albors Galiano Portales
Jean-Philippe Maslin,Del Viso Avocats
Alison Vassallo, Partner, Fenech & Fenech
Session Eight: Privacy, Protection and Reputation
15.50Containing a Crisis: Privacy Protection and Reputation
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?
Led By: Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO, Templar Executives
Daniel Taylor, Taylor Hampton Solicitors
Jean Lehmann, Cyber Security specialist
Peter Massey-Cook, Compliance Compass
16.30Exhibition & Refreshments
Session Eight: Roundtables
17.00Roundtable discussions enable delegates to debate specialist topics of interest in relaxed, smaller groups. Delegates choose the roundtable they join and each discussion is hosted by a subject expert.

Roundtable topics include:

  • Compliance – why you can`t be complacent!
    Hosted by Geraldine Spiteri, Managing Director, Asteria Management
  • What does the superyacht insurance landscape look like in 2020?
    Hosted by Mike Wimbridge, Pantaenius UK
  • What do you need to know about operating helicopters on-board a superyacht?
    Hosted by Domizia Marini, Helicopter Services Malta
  • What are the current problems of VAT application in Italy
    Hosted by Domenico Rinaldi, Partner & Tax Advisor, PG Legal
  • What should you know re: hiring and firing captains & crew?
    Hosted by Lorenzo Ranieri, Partner, PG Legal
  • Yacht Management – Why is Malta the ideal Alternative Jurisdiction?
    Hosted by Dr. Stephan Piazza, KPMG & o.b.o Superyacht Industry Network Malta
  • How yachting can engage in marine regeneration
    Hosted by Bradley Robertson, President & Co-Founder, Save the Med
  • Importation of yachts within the EU
    Hosted by Christine Cassar Naudi, Partner, GANADO Advocates
  • Diversity and does it matter?
    Hosted by Natasha Ambrose, Co-Founder & Jenny Matthews, First Officer, She of the Sea
17.20Chair`s Closing Remarks
17.30Drinks Reception


Chaired by: Andrew Charlier

Partner, HFW

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Mr Joseph Bugeja

Chairman & CEO, Transport Malta

Andrea Pezzini

Director & Co-Founder, Floating Life

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Henning Schwarzkopf

M.C.L, Schwarzkopf Law

Branson Bean

Gunes Aysun

Galeo Yachting

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Henry Cookson

Cookson Adventures

Craig Barnett


Bradley Robertson

Save The Med

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Yamandu Rodriguez Caorsi

Lawyer (Marine Engineer / Master 500 GT) NautaLegal Abogados

Pandora Mather-Lees

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Michael Burle

Head of Marine, Liberty Global Group

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Tilman Kriesel

Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors

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Victoria Stupina


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Anthony Galea


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Phil Noad

Regional Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Cayman Registry

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Alex von Stein

Marshall Islands Registry

Marc Verburg

Marshall Islands Registry

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Jessica Galea

Dingli & Dingli & o.b.o Superyacht Industry Network Malta

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Dr Geraldine Spiteri

Managing Director, Asteria

Andrew Fitzmaurice

CEO, Templar Executives

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Andrew Faiola

Head of Mobility, ST Engineering iDirect

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Janet Xanthopoulos

Head of Yacht and Jet Department, Rosemont International / Rosemont Yacht Services

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Miguel Angel Serra

Socio/Partner, Albors Galiano

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Jean-Philippe Maslin

Associe/Partner, Del Viso Avocats

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Alison Vassallo

Partner, Fenech & Fenech

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Daniel Taylor

Taylor Hampton Solicitors

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Jean Lehmann

Cyber Security Specialist

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Peter Massey-Cook

Compliance Compass

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Mike Wimbridge

Pantaenius UK

Domizia Marini

Helicopter Services Malta

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Domenico Rinaldi

Partner & Tax Advisor, PG Legal

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Lorenzo Ranieri

Partner, PG Legal

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Stephan Piazza

KPMG & o.b.o Superyacht Industry Network Malta

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Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay
St Julians, STJ 3301, Malta
+356 2137 4114

Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay is one of the best luxury hotels in Malta, bringing together outstanding sea views, enchanting luxury and unbeatable service. You can see the full information on the hotel using this link here Corinthia St George’s Bay Website

We have a rooming block at the hotel with a rate of 135 euros which includes a full buffet breakfast. Please note that this rooming block expires on the 28th January 2020.

Sponsored by:

Meltia Marine

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