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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 Wednesday, 25th March, 2020.

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, 24th March AND the closing drinks reception on Wednesday, 25th March, 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
Session Two: Buying a superyacht:
Who are the buyers? What do they need to know?
09.25Exploring alternative ownership models
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 Beam
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?
Panellists to include:
Gunes Aysun, Galeo Yachting
Henry Cookson, Cookson Adventures
Andrea Pezzini, Director & Co-Founder, Floating Life 
Craig Barnett, Triton
10.40Refreshments and Exhibition
Session Three: Clean seas and plastic free marinas
11.10Presentation: 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, Save the Med
11.30Panel: Superyachts & Sustainability
*What solutions exist to achieve the environmentally friendly superyacht?
*How effective are they?
Bradley Robertson, President & Co-Founder, Save the Med
Session Four: Break-out sessions
12.00Delegates can choose one of two hour-long workshops:

Option 1: Appreciating and Caring for on-board art and antiques
Led by: Pandora Mathers-Lee, Pandora Art Services

Panellists include:
Michael Burle, Liberty Global Group Yacht Art Management
Tilman Kriesel, Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors
Victoria Stupina, Founder & CEO, ARTCONSUL

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

Session Five: 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: Breakout sessions
14.45Delegates can choose one of two hour-long workshops:

Option 1: The Impact of Large Yacht Technologies
Panel: 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?
*How might technology impact the superyacht sales & charter markets?

Option 2: Taxing questions:
*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
Jean-Philippe Maslin, Avocat au Barreau de Paris /Solicitor of England and Wales Stream Law
Alison Vassallo, Partner, Fenech & Fenech

Session Seven: Privacy, Protection and Reputation
15.50Panel: how to manage unwanted publicity, legal, cyber and physical risks for crew, guests and vessels.
With a number of incidents over recent years resulting in highly publicised scandals with issues concerning crew and protection on board superyachts,
* How can difficult situations be handled with efficiency and sensitivity ensuring minimum distress for crew, owners and yacht managers?
* What is best practice for managing reputations and the press?
* Speak-up programme: How do these help crew who feel disengaged, bullied or are witnessing unethical behaviour and how can they be implemented?
* What role does on-board cyber security and physical security play in preventing leaks of privacy, theft, etc?
* What measures should be put in place in the light of crew deaths?
Daniel Taylor, Taylor Hampton Solicitors
Jean Lehmann, Cyber Security specialist
Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO, Templar Executives
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:

  • Is there a need for an industry lobby to tackle compliance issues?
    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, HSML
17.20Chair`s Closing Remarks
17.30Drinks Reception

Chaired by: Andrew Charlier

Partner, HFW

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Andrea Pezzini

Director & Co-Founder, Floating Life

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Henning Schwarzkopf

M.C.L, Schwarzkopf Law

Bransom Beam

Gunes Aysun

Galeo Yachting

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Henry Cookson

Cookson Adventures

Craig Barnett


Bradley Robertson

Save The Med

Pandora Mather-Lees

Pandora Art Services

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Michael Burle

Head of Marine, Liberty Global Group

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Tilman Kriesel

Art Advisor, TKA Art Advisors

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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Dr Geraldine Spiteri

Managing Director, Asteria

Janet Xanthopolous

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

Avocat au Barreau de Paris / Solicitor of England and Wales Stream Law

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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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Andrew Fitzmaurice

CEO, Templar Executives

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Peter Massey-Cook

Compliance Compass

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Mike Wimbridge

Pantaenius UK

Domizia Marini


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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.


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