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We are delighted to announce that Opportunities in Superyachts, the 8th Annual Conference takes place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Malta on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020.

Produced by Quaynote Communications, specialists in the superyacht, aviation and security industries, 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:
* Who are the Owners of the future?
* The plastic free marina
*How are new Owners paying for their yachts?
*Appreciating and Caring for on-board art and antiques
*Flag registration procedures in different jurisdictions
*A tour around superyacht`s leading hubs: Fort Lauderdale, Monaco, London, Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand
*Explorer yachts – we explore this exciting growth market
*Large yacht technologies and their impact on the market and on-board experience: featuring Sonar Technology, Yachtcloud, Digital Charter…
*Taxing questions: VAT experts from Malta, Cyprus, France, Spain, Italy and Montenegro discuss the latest developments

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 is expected to 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, 24th March AND the closing Cocktail Party on Wednesday, 25th March, 2020, thereby maximising your networking time!

If you are interested in speaking, sponsoring or have suggestions of topics you would like to see at the event please do email or

08.00Refreshments and registration
Session One: Welcome to the conference
09.00Conference organizer`s opening remarks
09.05Conference Chairman`s introduction to the conference
09.10Opening presentation
Session Two: Who is buying superyachts and who is financing them?
09.25Panel: Superyachts Sales
* Are superyacht sales picking up?
* Who are the Owners of the future?
* Which institutions are lending money to buy superyachts?
* What financing structures are available?
* What is the maximum amount / percentage Owners can borrow?
Session Three: Marinas & refit
09.55Presentation: The plastic free marina
*How the not-for-profit / foundation model works
*How are Owners responding to or driving plastic reduction policies?
10.20Panel: Refit & winter destinations
*What do different destinations have to offer?
11.00Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Four: Blockchain Technologies in the superyacht industry
11.30Update 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 Five: Break-out sessions
11.55Delegates can choose one of two hour-long workshops:

Option 1: Appreciating and Caring for on-board art and antiques
Panelists to include:
Michael Burle, Liberty Global Group
Yacht Art Management

Option 2: Flag State and Port State Control
Flag registration procedures in different jurisdictions
Port State Control – Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC)

Session Six: A tour around some of the leading superyacht hubs
Visiting Fort Lauderdale, Monaco, London, Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand
*Join our panel of global experts as they cruise around the world`s superyacht hubs
Session Seven: Breakout sessions
14.45Delegates can choose one of two hour-long workshops:

Option 1: Explorer yachts

Option 2: Taxing questions:
*VAT experts from Malta, Cyprus, France, Spain, Italy and Montenegro discuss the latest developments

Session Eight: The Impact of Large Yacht Technologies
15.40Panel: How is technology shaping the future of superyachting
*Experts explain how their technologies will change the superyacht industry and on-board experience
*What impact are technologies having on the Owner / Charterer experience?
*What are the implications for the Captain and Crew in terms of training, etc?
*How is technology likely to impact the superyacht sales and charter markets?
16.30Exhibition & Refreshments
Session Nine: 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:

  • What is the future for superyachts in Montenegro / Adriatic-Ionian region?
  • What do the new Superyacht Cruising destinations have to offer?
    – South America, Indonesia, Japan

  • Sailing yachts
  • Who finances superyacht purchases?
  • How are new Owners paying for their yachts?
  • Which institutions are lending and what are the terms?
  • Compliance – why you can`t be complacent!
    What does compliance mean in different jurisdictions?
    How does it affect your company and how are you responding?
    Is there a need for an industry lobby to tackle compliance issues?
    Hosted by Geraldine Spiteri, Managing Director, Asteria Management

  • What is the future for the Maltese Leasing Scheme and equivalent schemes in other jurisdictions?
  • Helicopters on-board yachts – Necessity or luxury?
  • 17.20Chair`s Closing Remarks
    17.30Drinks Reception

    Chaired by: Andrew Charlier

    Partner, HFW

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