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The Superyacht Investor team is in the market all year round researching the industry and speaking to active professionals to help us draft our agendas each year. We would love to hear from you about other potential topics, so please get in touch via email or calling Rebecca Hawkins on +44 1737 910 501.

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Jim Acher
Broker, Bluewater


Jim Acher started his working life as a stockbroker for many years, before leaving finance to follow a childhood dream of becoming the captain of a 70' sailing catamaran in the Cayman Islands.

Many seasons later, Jim married and decided to become shore-based, combining sales skills with a passion for yachting.

Jim has been a yacht broker for over ten years and has managed brokerage and charter operations for Bluewater in Palma de Mallorca, for the last five years.

Tony Allen
Partner, Hill Dickinson


Tony has more than 20 years' experience of yacht related legal issues. He has a reputation as one of the leaders in this field and is closely involved with
Superyacht UK, the RNLI and the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. Tony is an experienced sailor and fluent French speaker.

Nic Arnold
Director, PwC Private Client


Nic is a international private client tax adviser within PwC. Nic also heads up PwC's Luxury Asset Advisory practice and has extensive experience of advising international families and their advisers on the tax and governance issues arising from their ownership and use of complex assets such as yachts, aircraft, art and other high value assets.

Stephen Attard
Partner, GANADO Advocates



Stephen Attard heads the Corporate Finance and Tax department at GANADO Advocates in Valletta, Malta. GANADO Advocates is the largest law-firm in Malta and has a strong and long-standing maritime practice servicing both vessel financiers and owners on all Maltese legal and tax issues.

Stephen has advised and assisted international clients in respect of Maltese corporate law and tax aspects in a wide range of transactions for more than 25 years. His clients include various high net worth individuals, financial institutions, leasing companies, private equity and hedge fund promoters and managers, and international corporate groups .

Stephen has contributed directly in drafting various amendments to Malta’s tax laws over the years, including tax rules applicable to companies, yacht and aircraft finance leases, securitisation vehicles, trusts, and foundations.

Patrick Bachofner
Director, Business Development, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry


Patrick Bachofner is multidisciplinary professional with a strongly international career in several business sectors including the maritime industry. In 2008 he joined International Registries, Inc. (IRI), the Maritime & Corporate Administrators of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to open their Geneva Office. Patrick has played a critical role in re-shaping the Marshall Islands Yacht program whilst ensuring compliance with Maritime Regulations. Patrick has a Finance and Economics background and, prior to joining IRI, he worked for large well-known multi-nationals where he held senior financial roles and managed cross-functional projects

Martin Baum
Managing Director, Pantaenius


Martin Baum has been the managing director of Pantaenius since 2006.

He started his work career as an insurance apprentice for AON in Hamburg and later studied at the London School of Economics, graduating with a Masters in IT systems. Subsequently, he joined the family company in 2002. His achievements have included notable developments within the Pantaenius group, especially in the fields of IT, sales and marketing. Martin started his career with a major restructuring of the Pantaenius IT department; he implemented a client service program with an automated enquiry form that shortened response times to clients to a minimum and created Europe’s first online yacht insurance provider, that today is still very successful. He also increased market share by widening international co-operation with boat builders, dealers and sub-brokers; plus developed a new superyacht team, which operates in EUROPE, Australia and USA. During his fifteen years to date as managing director, Martin Baum has directed the company to go beyond the borders of Europe and to become the only globally installed yacht insurance specialist acting in ten languages worldwide.

Michaela Beitz Biggi
Head of Charter Fleet Management, Edmiston


After working in the US and in Italy in film distribution and marketing, Michaela returned home to the South of France and began a career in superyacht management. For over a decade, this has focused on charter yacht management, looking after the commercial activities of a fleet of yachts for major brokerage houses. In 2010 Michaela joined Edmiston & Company, becoming Head of Department, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious vessels on the charter market. Michaela now stands as one of the superyacht industry's most experienced yacht managers and is a member of the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association.

Richie Blake
Director, Technical Services, Dohle Yachts


Richie Blake is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology. After serving at sea as an Engineer he gained a degree in Engineering and joined Lloyds Register.

Whilst working for Lloyds Register he was involved with a number of large passenger ship new construction projects in Italy, France and Japan. He was also the Lead Auditor for LR Japan for the ISM and ISPS Codes.

After leaving Lloyds Register he spent a short time with Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding as their Senior Engineer working on a number of new construction projects across their fleets before moving to the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR) in 2006. Whilst at the CISR he served as the Deputy Director in the European Regional Office responsible for all technical operations and policy outside of the Americas and Caribbean regions and was also involved with the introduction of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) and the development of the Large Yacht Code into LY3.

Richie joined Döhle Yachts in November 2015 as the Director of the company’s Technical Services.

Olivier Blanchet BNP Paribas Superyacht Investor LondonOlivier Blanchet
Head of Jet and Yacht Finance, BNP Paribas


A graduate of Paris-Dauphine University, Olivier joined BNP Paribas in 1993, where he developed skills in structuring, credit risk and project management acquired in Corporate Banking, with a focus on Asset Finance. His specialties include deals origination, structuring, risk management, reengineering and IT projects.

In 2002, he discovered that “God must have been a ship owner or a yacht owner because he placed raw materials and paradises far from where they were needed and covered 2/3 of the earth with water”. He then became a Maritime Banker and developed a sound international business relationships portfolio focused on commercial vessels and ship owners and in 2006, launched a dedicated offer for yacht financing in 2006. As Head of Yacht and Shipping Finance Services at BNP Paribas, Olivier works in close cooperation with the Wealth Management Department, and provides specialist guidance for his yacht financing team, particularly in marketing, structuring, loan documentation and compliance due diligence.

In June 2016, we decided to put on the same credit structuring platform the jet and yacht finance teams in order to develop new client experiences and create some synergies for their benefits. From that date, i run this platform where the share of experiences already had positive effects.

Andy Blundell
Director of Aviation & Marine, Close Brothers


With 30 years’ experience in Asset Finance and banking, Andy has an in-depth knowledge of aviation and marine financing solutions for both corporate and personal clients. Andy’s high standards ensure clients of Close Brothers Aviation and Marine consistently receive the best quality service available.

Michel Buffat Credit Suisse Superyacht Investor LondonMichel Buffat
Head of Aviation & Yacht Finance Client Relations, Credit Suisse


Michel Buffat joined Credit Suisse in 2001 after having spent several years at a blue chip Swiss engineering company. Michel is a long-time member of the CS Aviation and Yacht Finance team and in addition to his sales activities, Michel set up the transaction and portfolio management team, which he is heading up. Michel has also extensive knowhow and experience in Yacht Financing, an activity that Credit Suisse re-started successfully in 2014.

Michel holds an MBA from the University of Rochester as well as a Masters in mechanical engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
In his spare time Michel enjoys outdoor activities such as orienteering and skiing.

Vasco Buonpensiere Cantiere delle Marche Superyacht InvestorVasco Buonpensiere
Co-founder, Cantiere delle Marche


A keen sailor for all of his life, Vasco Buonpensiere has always been yachting fan who left his career as a lawyer to follow his passion. His first job in the working industry was at Waterman Exclusive Yacht Services in St. Tropez, where he worked as a broker and european sales agent for Royal Denship.

The brokerage arena wasn’t fulfilling Vasco’s needs and ambitions, therefore, as soon as a shipyard called him to become sales manager, he went back to Italy: his fisrst job in a shipyard was in the sales office at CRN. After a few monts, he became Sales and Marketing Director of both CRN and Custom Line.

He left CRN in 2010 as Brand Manager, after having sold 58 vessels from 30 to 80 mt. In 2010 he co-founded Cantiere delle Marche where he is Member of the Board as Sales and Marketing Director. In 5 years, CdM has become absolute market leader, having sold an average of one boat ever 3 months and representing 60% of its relevant niche.

He has also been member of the board at the International Superyacht Society and has been key speaker in many of conferences around the world.

Andrew Charlier
Global Head of Yachts & Superyachts, Ince & Co


Profile coming soon.

Tim Clark
MySea

Tim Clark began his yachting career by working on a number of private and charter yachts between 1990 and 2000 working up through the ranks to Captain with extensive cruising in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Indian Ocean. At the same time, winter periods were spent at Solent University to achieve a BSc in Maritime Studies and Yacht Manufacturing Technology.

After coming ashore in 2000, Tim joined Yachting Partners International as a junior broker gaining experience in all departments before joining Ocean Independence at its inception in 2005 as a senior charter broker and charter manager as well as assisting in expanding the business. In 2014, Tim joined the growing boutique charter and sales brokerage house MYSEA as Director of their London Office. Most recently in 2017, he additionally took a position as Sales and Marketing Director of the UK company Wahoo Ribs who supply custom built high performance Ribs and chase tenders to the Superyacht Sector. As an individual and corporate member of MYBA, Tim has also sat on the MYBA Charter Committee for the last 10 years whose principal task is to continually review the Internationally recognised MYBA Charter Agreement as well as holding an advisory role for the Antigua Charter Yacht Show.

Having detailed operational multi-faceted experience of the ‘coal face’ in the Superyacht industry is vital to fully understanding the demands and needs of the client to truly manage expectations. It is also imperative to appreciate the changing fashions and trends in the UHNWI environment which further cements individual client relationships with discretion and trust.
Robin Clayton
Director (Channel Islands), Investec


Profile coming soon.

Henry Cookson
Chairman & Founder, Henry Cookson Adventures


Having discovered a boundless thirst for adventure, at the age of 27 Henry left his career at Goldman Sachs to take part in a 360 mile ski race to the Magnetic North Pole.

In addition to establishing a speed record for this feat, Henry also holds a Guinness World Record for being the first to reach the Antarctic Pole of Inaccessibility on foot. Since then he has gone on to organise and complete expeditions all over the world, from the Americas to the first commercial submersible dives in Antarctica.

Alongside his team at his company Henry Cookson Adventures, Henry continues to deliver truly extraordinary and creative expeditions worldwide. Recurrent themes can encompass exhilaration and conservation in the most remote corners of the globe, all the while fulfilling the fundamental mission; to provide the best possible luxury experiences.

Henry’s ambition and passion so far have challenged the unthinkable, and overcome the logistically impossible. As HCA continues to grow, he envisions steering the company towards superyacht based exploration as the natural evolution in our ability to push the boundary ever closer to the limit of our imagination.

Rose Damen
Commercial Director, AMELS


Profile coming soon.

Elinor Dautlich, Holman Fenwick WillanElinor Dautlich
Partner, HFW


Elinor is a transactional lawyer acting for shipowners, operators, shipyards and designers across the shipping, LNG and offshore sectors.

Elinor advises on all types of commercial shipping contracts including second-hand sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, EPC and EPCI contracts, ship recycling, ship registration, charterparties, pooling agreements, management agreements, seismic-related contracts, shares sale and purchase and joint venture agreements as well as on ship and aviation finance, leasing, seller's credits and other forms of capital raising. She also advises on contracts for the design, construction, purchase and operation of yachts and business jets.

Elinor is part of the firm's LNG group, which has been responsible for drafting some of the first long-term LNG vessel charters and has over the years built up extensive experience of LNG time charters and related agreements, including joint venture arrangements, for some of the major LNG projects around the world. The group deals with all modern LNG time voyage and other specific charters, gas supply / offtake and LNG sale and purchase agreements, financing agreements, insurance issues, FLNG and the construction and operation of LNG ports and terminals.

Elinor has been advising on piracy related contracts since 2009, including contracts for the provision of private security services and she sits on BIMCO's drafting sub-committee for GUARDCON.

Elinor lectures on commercial shipping matters, and in particular on shipbuilding and offshore construction topics, security in shipping and yachting, LNG charter issues and related insurance issues.

Elinor is recommended by Legal 500 UK 2012. She sits on the board of advisors to the Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international maritime initiative and is a vice chair of the International Bar Association's Maritime and Land Transport Law Committee.

Elinor is qualified in England and Wales.

Laurent Debart
Managing Director, Yachting Partners International


Profile coming soon.

Bob Denison
President, Denison Yachting


Bob Denison literally grew up in the yachting industry in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Bob's grandfather, Frank Denison, and father, Kit Denison founded Broward Marine, and Denison Marine, respectively. Thanks to this great heritage, Bob has experienced nearly every level of the yachting experience, from working as a laborer at the yard to spending a weekend on a megayacht.
In 2002 Bob assumed all management roles of his father's brokerage company, Denison Yacht Sales. Since that time Bob has assisted in the steady growth of the company to dozens of offices in the U.S. and Caribbean and new boat representation, with the support of Denison's team of 75+ yacht brokers.
Bob's approach to a successful yacht brokerage firm is simple: Focus on supporting the yacht brokers on your team, rather than competing with them.
Denison is regarded as a leader in digital marketing, with an in-house marketing team that consists of experts focusing on social media, video, programming and content creation.

Fulvio Dodich
Chairman & CEO, Rosetti Superyachts


Fulvio Dodich is Partner, Chairman and CEO of Rosetti Superyachts SpA.
His career began at 25 years old when started working for his family’s earth moving machinery manufacture business.
After gaining over 18 years of experience in the commercial divisions of various companies, in 1996 he joined Ferretti SpA and was appointed S&M Vice President.
In September 2002, after having been member of BoD of Riva SpA and Ferretti SpA, he was appointed Managing Director of the Ferretti Yachts division.
By 2006, he had become CEO for all three brands in the Ferretti Group and he was appointed General Manager of the holding company Ferretti SpA.
In November 2007 he resigned from Ferretti and in the following years he collaborated on major Investment Funds and Private Equities.
In February 2013 he became CEO at Sanlorenzo SpA. After resigning in July 2014 he worked with several Private Equity Companies and Advisors. In 2016 he acted as advisor for an Austrian Company.
In April 2017 he joined Rosetti Marino SpA, a leader in Gas & Oil offshore and onshore plants, energy, engineering and shipbuilding. Rosetti Marino (majority stakeholder) and Fulvio Dodich (minority stakeholder) founded Rosetti Superyachts SpA, which aims at becoming one of the best players in the Superyacht market for yachts ranging from 40 to 140 m.

Shelley Dowie
Yacht Compliance Manager & DPA, Rosemont Yacht Services & Management


Shelley joined Rosemont Yacht Management in 2015 to develop and implement the Company’s Safety Management System. Now Head of Yacht Compliance and the Company’s DPA & CSO, Shelley heads the Yacht Management team and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Rosemont fleet.

Previous to coming ashore Shelley served 10 years at sea, sailing in excess of 100,000 miles worldwide as Captain & Chief Officer. This experience led her to becoming a safety and security specialist, developing safety management systems for several yachts and yacht management companies ashore.

Shelley and the Rosemont team are well recognised in the industry for their safety and regulatory expertise and provide advice to several leading industry organisations and companies. The team’s approach to management is to provide a personalised and trusted service.

Jamie Edmiston

Chief Executive, Edmiston & Company



Profile coming soon.

Alistair Feeney Holman Fenwick Willan Superyacht Investor LondonAlistair Feeney
Partner, HFW


Alistair joined HFW in 2000. He specialises in litigation and arbitration. He has acted for clients in many disputes, including in relation to crude oil, petroleum products, LNG, shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase, and vessel charters. His clients include international and national energy companies, international trading companies, investment banks, ship owners and operators, and utility companies. Alistair has acted for clients in numerous proceedings before the High Court in London and in ICC, LCIA, SIAC, LMAA and ad hoc arbitration. He also has a strong record of managing and, where possible, resolving disputes without the need for proceedings.

Alistair also handles transactional and advisory matters relating to crude oil, petroleum products and LNG. His oil experience covers long-term sale and purchase, joint ventures, storage, compulsory stock obligations, spot trading and related shipping matters. His LNG expertise includes SPAs, MSPAs, terminal access contracts, and terminal capacity sharing agreements. Alistair is consistently recommended for physical commodities work by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Ann Fenech
Managing Partner, Fenech & Fenech Associates


Ann Fenech is the Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates – Malta. She qualified in 1986 and immediately joined Holman Fenwick and Willan in London. In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner of the firm in June 2008.

She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of the most important international maritime operators. She has been involved in the majority of serious casualties involving Maltese registered vessels world wide and those occurring in Maltese territorial waters. She has worked on landmark cases including the explosion on board the Um El Faroud, the disappearance of the trawler Simshar, the Poker cases leading to a redrafting of the law on jurisdiction in rem; Finaval v Scorpio resulting in the largest award in damages at the time and the first ever court approved private sale of the vessel Thor Spirit. She has extensive experience in Marine related transactional including having acted for the Malta Privatisation Unit on the privatisation processes related to the then Malta Drydocks.

She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. She lectures extensively on the subject of Maritime Law in Malta and abroad.

She has written several articles in a number of publications and is responsible for the Chapter on Malta in the Ship Arrest Handbook published by LLP Ltd 1997 Edition; Shipping and International Trade Law published by Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Ltd Edition 2015 and The Shipping Law Review published by Law Business Research Ltd Third Edition 2016.

In June 2008 she was elected President of the Malta Maritime Law Association.

In October 2010 she was appointed Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London. In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy under the auspices of the Maltese Chamber of Advocates and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International – the international organisation responsible for drafting the vast majority of international maritime conventions. She was subsequently chosen to chair the International Working group on Ship Finance Security Practices. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International.

Mark Feltham
Executive Director Marine & Superyachts
Willis Towers Watson



Mark joined Willis in 2007 as Head of Global Yachts. Following a merger in 2016, Willis became Willis Towers Watson, with a worldwide workforce of over 39,000.

After a career in sport, he entered the insurance sector where he has been specialising purely in superyacht insurance for the past 20+ years. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, he had previously worked for 2 other Lloyds Brokers, developing their superyacht portfolio.

Since assuming his role at Willis Towers Watson, Mark has been instrumental in developing this niche sector and increasing the global presence and leads a team of 17 superyacht insurance specialists, based predominantly in London and Fort Lauderdale.

Mark’s responsibilities as Practice Head include the development of Willis Towers Watson’s service offering and expansion into new geographies. Additionally, overseeing our Client Advocates, overall strategy and growing the client base fall under his responsibilities.

A regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars, Mark is considered as one of the world’s rare superyacht insurance specialists.

Paul Fleming
CEO, Fleming Private Office



Paul Fleming (CEO of Fleming Private Office) is a entrepreneur and innovative board advisor.

Specialist in working with Family Offices, Entrepreneurs and Executive boards on a national and global level.

Advising on strategic partnerships, raising capital, deal origination, private equity, venture capital, luxury assets, international corporate strategy and management consultancy.

Paul currently works as a consultant to Quintessence Yachts (Aston Martin Yachts), also to Porto Montenegro and is a NED to the Momentum Superyacht Group. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Family Office Community, with access to over 600 family offices.

Paul's earlier career included time as the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships for Barclays Bank plc, Board Advisor to Strutt & Parker, and as a specialist in global Strategic Alliances and Special Projects at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers).

He has also been part of International Development team at the London Stock Exchange.

Fleming Private Office advise and influence UHNWI, CEO's, Senior Executive Management and Supervisory Boards within partnerships, political and corporate environments.

Based in Mayfair, London, but works globally.

Vassilis Fotilas
Sales Broker, Fraser


Vassilis joined Fraser in 2007 as a trainee broker and quickly established himself as a successful Sales Broker before being appointed as Commercial Director in 2014 to oversee the sales and charter departments in Europe, Asia and Oceania and since 2016 has been a Sales Broker once more.

Born in Athens, Greece, Vassilis attended Gordonstoun School in Scotland and read Sports Science at Stirling University obtaining a BSc Honours Degree. Following the completion of his military duties in the Hellenic Navy Vassilis returned to the UK to obtain an MSc in Sports and Leisure Management from Loughborough University.

Having worked in yacht sales in Monaco and Greece, Vassilis understands the dynamics of some the world’s most important markets while developing an extensive and international network. Overseeing the sales and charter departments of Fraser across three continents gave Vassilis unparalleled insight of the global yacht market.

Martin Francis
Designer, Francis Design Limited


Trained at the Central School of Art and Design he worked as a cabinet maker before in 1967 working with Architect Norman Foster on a wide range of projects including the glass wall of the Willis Faber and Dumas building in Ipswich. He was for 6 years a director of Foster associates in London and the managing director of Foster France.

In 1982 he joined Peter Rice in the creation of RFR, a Paris based engineering company, where among other things he was responsible for assisting IM Pei in the design of the cable structure of the Louvre Pyramid using yacht rigging technology. He has lived in France since 1976 where he started his career as a yacht designer with several large sail boats. His first motor yacht was the iconic ECO followed by a number of innovative vessels like Senses, Golden Shadow, Sultan and more recently the 118-meter Yacht ‘A’ for which he was the Technical and Naval designer a joint project with Phillip Starck.
In 2005 he was engaged by RCCL Celebrity Cruises to design the exterior of the Solstice class a series of five 120,000 GRT Cruise Ships.

Martin’s current projects include:- Architecture: New headquarters for Vitsoe in Leamington Spa and a project for flood resistant housing in the UK. Yachts: The 124 meter motor yacht Golden Odyssey recently delivered by Luerssen, some new but confidential very large yacht projects. Technical development of a 14 meter Mercedes-Benz Styled luxury yacht for Silver Arrows Marine.

Anthony Galea
Managing Director - Marine and Aviation, Vistra Marine and Aviation Limited


Anthony joined Vistra Group to set up the Marine & Aviation practice in December 2015, after over 12 years of experience building and leading a similar practice in Malta. The office focuses on the superyacht and business aviation sectors, as well as the general aviation and shipping industries.

Anthony began his career as a trainee with Hugh Peralta & Associates in 2001, and went on to continue his training with the newly formed DF Advocates in 2003. Anthony worked mainly in the civil and corporate department, also involving himself in the litigation practice.

Anthony set-up the Transport law Department within DF Advocates and was later appointed as the partner responsible for said practice. Anthony was also appointed as Managing Director of the firm's sister company DF Marine, a company specialising in providing services to superyacht owners.

Anthony holds a LL.D from the University of Malta awarded in 2003 and was admitted to the Bar of Malta in 2004.

His native language is Maltese and English, and speaks fluent Italian.

Roberto Giorgi
Executive Chairman, Fraser Yachts


Mr. Giorgi began his career at sea; attending Nautical College and joining the Italian Navy as a Lieutenant before joining the merchant marine where he worked on both passenger liners and cargo vessels. He obtained his Master Mariner qualification in 1974.

In 1980 he began his first shore-based role as a ship manager at Amarline. Several years later he joined the newly founded V.Ships and helped grow the company to become the largest ship management company in the world today. He has held various roles within the V.Ships Group including being the Managing Director of V.Ships New York, before returning to Europe to launch the new brand V.Ships Leisure in the cruise sector, as well as running the ship management operation from its Monaco office. From 2005 until the end of 2013 he held the role of President of V.Ships and from 2014 to December 2015 he was the Honorary President.

Mr. Giorgi was President of InterManager from 2008-2010, the international trade association for third-party and in-house ship managers, whose members are responsible for some 3,700 ships and more than 200,000 crew members between them.

In August 2014 Mr. Giorgi became the Chairman of Fraser Yachts, a company he had been involved with since V.Ships bought it in a joint partnership with Azimut Benetti in 2004.

Louise Harrison
Director of Sales & Marketing, Triton


Louise Harrison currently serves as Triton’s Director of Sales & Marketing for the European/EMEA region.

Born in the UK, but having lived in Europe, and further afield for the last 25 years, Louise worked in consumer electronics and marketing before moving into yachting over twelve years ago.

Louise’s maritime background includes yacht build, refit and technical project management, working as an owner’s representative for several yacht builds, as well in yacht management and with brokerage companies. Her first experience with submersibles was as an owner’s representative for a Triton client, bringing her into contact with the industry leader in submersible builds.

Louise uses her client-side experience and superyacht market insights to drive sales and expand the Triton brand worldwide.

Kiran Jay Haslam
Marketing Director, Princess Yachts


In 2015 Kiran joined Princess Yachts and is leading the brand’s evolution as it celebrates 50 years of timeless design and marine innovation. His appointment followed a successful career at Bentley Motors, where he was responsible for shaping perceptions of the iconic brand.

Kiran graduated as an engineering technologist (manufacturing) in his home country of Australia and went on to achieve a Masters in Guitar and Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. A trans-global professional, Kiran has worked in over 10 countries, holding exciting and challenging roles within marketing and communications. Currently on the Board at Princess as Marketing Director, he is steering the brand to the forefront of the global luxury industry, with an exceptionally innovative approach. Notably, Kiran is a Governor at the Plymouth College of Art, and also on the Advisory Board for Superyacht UK, an association within the federation of British Marine.

Stephen Hills
Project Director, Pendennis


Stephen has been key to the successful expansion of Pendennis’ business into the very large yacht sector epitomized most recently by the award-winning refit of the 86m Aquila. In the last 30 years Pendennis has completed 25 custom new builds and over 250 superyacht refits/restorations including “7 over 70m” since they expanded their facilities in 2015.

Stephen is a Chartered Naval Architect (Masters Degree from University of Southampton) and member of the SYUK committee. Prior to taking his leadership position at Pendennis Stephen worked for nearly 20 years at Devonport Royal Dockyard where he established the Devonport Yachts brand and amongst the many projects he was responsible for included the UK’s largest new build yachts, MY Sarafsa and MY VaVa II as well as the Iconic Global Challenge fleet of 67 and 72ft sailing yachts.

A man of the sea through and through – when not at the ‘docks’ Stephen is most likely found messing about in a boat and enjoys shorthanded offshore racing, Falmouth working boat racing and family cruising holidays.

Holger Kahl
Managing Director, Nobiskrug



Holger Kahl has been Managing Director of NOBISKRUG since 2008. He studied ship building and law.
At Nordseewerke he was involved in the development of new submarine technologies. He has spent most of his career in shipbuilding at various German shipyards.

Alex Kemp,
HFW


Profile coming soon.

Marcela de Kern Royer
Commercial Director, ICON YACHTS


Holds an International MBA from Hult Business School
Graduated from Hult International Business School in Boston she holds an MBA in business administration specialized in strategy and business development. Having an international experience in sales worldwide she has the commercial acumen and network to deal with HNWI and influencers in six different languages fluently.

She started her career as a sales rep being super yacht supplier, eventually promoted to Sales Director then moved into yacht management spent some years developing software for management and eventually moved to ship building. Consequently she has a broad spectrum perspective of the yachting industry. In 2015 Marcela joined ICON Yachts as head of Business development. ICON Yachts are the Dutch Master Yacht Builders who specialize in new build, refits and conversions.

Marcela is the original founder of Young Professionals in Yachting Monaco, she is a member of the International Super Yacht

Frederic Lemos
Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters – ACH



Appointed in 2017, Frederic Lemos is Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, a role that sees him lead the company's offering to the Private and Business aviation market.

Frederic has a 15 years’ experience in the helicopter industry having served in various leadership positions in Latin America and Europe for Airbus Helicopters.

Frederic is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Frederic holds a Master’s degree in International Business Development Management from NEOMA Business School, France.

Ben Lind
Senior Yacht Underwriter, AIG


Building on 13 years as a marine insurance broker at Lloyd's of London with a specialism in Superyacht Insurance, Ben moved to AIG's Private Client Group in August 2012 as the Senior Yacht Underwriter for the Europe & Middle East region. Based out of AIG's London office, Ben underwrites an international portfolio of Superyacht insurance business, ranging from entry level yachts to the very largest Superyachts afloat, as part of a team of Yacht insurance professionals around the world serving some 100,000+ yacht owners including some 200+ of the largest Superyachts.

In addition to providing Owner’s with protection and peace of mind for their treasured Superyachts, Ben has endeavored to support the Superyacht Insurance industry through his participation as an Executive Committee member of the Superyacht Claims Adjusters Association, helping to provide a professional body for this specialist niche of the insurance industry.

Don Lockie
CEO & Co-founder, Redfort Group


Profile coming soon.

Andrey Lomakin
CEO, West Nautical


Profile coming soon.

Jacqueline Lyne
Yacht Management Director, Edmiston


Profile coming soon.

William MacLachlan
Senior Associate, HFW


William advises a wide variety of companies and financial institutions on a range of transactional shipping matters in both the commercial shipping and yachting industries. He has particular expertise in ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and ship repair contracts and spent some eight months seconded to a leading European shipbuilder. William also has considerable experience of advising those operating in complex security environments on, amongst other things, contractual and licensing issues. William acts for a number of private security companies and logistic providers, both on shore and offshore. William is actively involved in the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG).

William is qualified in England and Wales.

Richard Masters
Founder, Master Yachts


After a twelve-year career in yachting as crew and then captain, Richard Masters founded Master Yachts in 2000. Over the years, Richard has built up a team of recognised yachting professionals, who, like him, have a thorough knowledge of the field and who provide expert advice and services to the captains, crew and owners who place their trust in them.

Specialising in new build, refit and operational yacht management, Master Yachts stands apart from other companies in its determination to remain independent of brokerage for sale or charter activities.

Today, the company has grown in size due to market demand with an impressive list of clients to match. Richard recognises Master Yachts’ future reputation depends on its ability to consistently maintain an independent, reliable service and attention to detail exceeding its clients expectations.

Fiona Maureso
Charter Director, Northrop & Johnson France
& President, MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association


After graduating from the University of Bath with a degree in European Studies, Fiona left her native England to explore the world of yachting in the South of France. Initially, Fiona worked as a deckhand/stewardess on a 40 metre motor yacht and then moved ashore to train as a charter broker. Her training led to a successful career in yacht charter with Peter Insull’s Yacht Marketing and Yachting Partners International over the following years.

In January 2013, Fiona joined Northrop & Johnson as Charter Director to expand their presence in the South of France. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry and over 25 years of experience as both a retail broker and a charter manager.

Fiona is currently in her second term as President of MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association, representing over 130 brokerage companies throughout the world. She speaks English, French and conversational Italian.

Peter Mellett
Managing Director, BankServe Insurance Services Ltd


Peter Mellett is Managing Director, BankServe Insurance Services and has been involved in marine insurance as a broker for 39 years, with experience in all types of claims work. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, has lectured on marine underwriting and for three years was the senior marine claims examiner for the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Since 1996 Peter has specialised in acting for ship finance institutions with particular emphasis on arranging contingent insurance protection for Mortgagees and advising on insurance issues during the workout process. Peter specialises in assisting with disputed claims under owners’ policies and has been involved in over 80 Mortgagees Interest Insurance claims during that time, having recently collected the largest MII claim that has been made.

Paul Miller
Director of Underwriting, Hiscox


Profile coming soon.

Geoff Moore West Nautical Superyacht InvestorGeoff Moore,
Managing Director, West Nautical


Geoff has a background in both Commercial Shipping and Yachting as a Class 1 Master Mariner, qualified as a Designated Person Ashore, Company Security Officer and Internal Auditor with an Honours Degree in Marine Operations from Northumbria University.

When serving at sea, Geoff sailed up to the rank of Chief Officer on commercial vessels; varying from passenger ships, ferries, dredgers, bulk carriers and deep-sea tugs, along with having served onboard 6 superyachts varying from 52 to 138 meters up to the rank of Relief Master. Geoff has worked ashore in the Technical Department for the largest shipping company in the world, AP Moller Maersk, before running the Yacht Management department for a boutique company in the UK.

Now Managing Director at West Nautical, Geoff is directly responsible for ensuring the charter and management departments deliver best-in-class service to its clients at exceptional value. He is always available to assist the Owner, Captain or their advisors wherever possible, and is happy to guide and advise on any aspect of yacht operations.

With a diverse maritime background and having first hand experience of all walks of superyacht operations, both ashore and afloat, Geoff enjoys the variety his role at West Nautical brings and is always available to meet or speak to clients.

Tony Moore
Executive Chairman, Momentum Superyacht Group


Tony has over 50 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has lived and worked in 6 countries, 9 cities and transacted business in at least 30 more. Most notably, Tony opened the Goldman Sachs office in Hong Kong, was Head of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs in Japan and as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in London had relationship responsibility for many Footsie 100 companies. He has a broad corporate fınance background covering m&a, project finance, debt and equity financing and asset management. Tony has been Chairman, CEO or Board member of more than 40 financial institutions and corporates both public and private and still holds and assumes such positions on a selective basis.

Tony is very interested in providing strategic and financial advice to emerging companies particularly when global and cross border business development and financial transactions are involved. In 2017, he became Executive Chairman of the Momentum Superyacht Group (ownership/chartering/associated services) believing that his skills and experience could enable the founder to turn a vision into reality within what Tony believes to be a sector with significant growth potential and opportunities for industry consolidation...

Andrea Pezzini
CEO, Floating Life


With 40 years of experience within the yachting industry, Andrea has worked for a plethora of the top names in the Italian superyacht industry. He is the technical and creative mind behind Floating Life.

Andrea has delivered projects of outstanding image such as 46-meter M/Y T.M. Blu One and 103-meter M/Y Al Said superyachts as well as the most recent KSeries, of which, he is the mastermind and Project Manager behind it.

Currently heading the Technical Division, interior design and refitting included, he also acts as Technical Surveyor of new constructions and he is the Designated Person Ashore Floating Life for maritime safety and security.

Jens Ploch, Plantaenius Yacht Insurance


Profile coming soon.

Ivan Sammut
Malta Ship Registry


Ivan Sammut has 18 years’ experience in the international maritime industry and graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Maritime Studies from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. He is the current Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, responsible for the Merchant Shipping Directorate within Transport Malta – the Malta Ship and Yacht Register. He is Malta’s representative on the Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF). Mr Sammut is also Malta’s head of delegation at a number of meetings of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Yachting Malta and a member of the Board of Directors of Malta Marittima Agency.

For the last eight years, Mr Sammut is entrusted to regulate, control and administer all matters related to ship and yacht registration under the Malta flag and their technical performance with regards to safety and pollution prevention and to promote Maritime Malta with the international shipping community. He is also entrusted with regulating the employment and certification of seafarers and to promote and advance the skills of seafarers and of persons employed in the maritime industry, to foster Malta’s relations in international shipping fora and to administer the implementation of maritime and other related international conventions and agreements.

David Seal
Sales Broker, Northrop & Johnson


Born in the West Midlands of England, David’s path to the yachting industry is far from typical. David moved to Italy in 1994, where he met Mr. Norberto Ferretti and became fascinated by Ferretti craft. He started his career in yachting as an interpreter at Ferretti business meetings and began to develop English language yacht operation manuals for owners and captains. David grew with the company, which became Ferretti Group, to become sales manager of the CRN Shipyard.


In 2006 he started to work for a small yacht brokerage, and within the first year he closed the largest sale the brokerage had ever achieved when he concluded a new build contract for one of the world’s largest super yachts (280'). David went on to develop marketing techniques that set him apart from the crowd, resulting in numerous sales ranging from 85’ to 150’ yachts .

In recent years David has developed a highly successful YouTube channel that has been viewed by over two million people. He regularly receives favourable feedback from yacht owners as well as Captains and other industry professionals who subscribe to his channel. He regularly expresses his insights with yachting media and enjoys sharing his knowledge.

Jim Simpson
Managing Director - Aviation/Marine, First Republic Bank


Profile coming soon.

Tim Soper
Founding Partner, EYOS Expeditions



Tim has spent more than two decades immersed in the expedition travel business, voyaging to wild places worldwide as Expedition Leader and guide.

In 2008 he co-founded EYOS Expeditions, designing and managing remarkable superyacht voyages to destinations ranging from the ice-strewn polar coasts to far-flung tropical islands. With his operational experience in these remote locations, Tim played a key role in developing design criteria for the DAMEN SeaXplorer range of Expedition Yachts.

Originally from England’s South Devon coast, he holds a honors degree from the University of Wales combining oceanography and marine biology.

Barbara Tambani
Chairman, Floating Life


With 23 years of experience within the yachting industry, of which 6 years at one the world’s largest brokerage companies in Monaco, Barbara is the mastermind behind Floating Life.

Barbara is outstanding in all things related to Yacht Management, being responsible for the 16-yacht fleet admin and fiscal aspects, she is also the person to go for anything related to Yacht interiors refurbishment.

Currently heading the General Management of Floating Life Holding, Barbara oversees the management and administration of ten companies.

Mike Taylor-West
Director Global Markets - Private Client, Marine & Aviation, La Playa


Mike is a Maritime Business & Marine Law alumnus of the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth. He is also a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, and a Chartered Insurance Broker. Mike brings over 20 years of international private client insurance experience, passion and enthusiasm to La Playa. Mike is also a keen windsurfer and skier.

Mark Thompson
Master Mariner, HFW


Mark is a Master Mariner in our London office and forms part of our shipping emergency response team. Mark deals with marine casualties, including collisions, groundings, cargo claims and salvage. Before joining HFW, Mark spent 3½ years working in Abu Dhabi as a Master Mariner for the UAE Ministry of Interior. Based in the Naval Forces Institute, Mark developed and ran training packages for the UAE Naval Forces. Mark has sailed as Master on high speed passenger vessels and freight RoRo vessels. He has 17 years seagoing experience including tankers, general cargo, RoRo/container, passenger, naval supply and training vessels. Mark holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Navigation, HND in Nautical Science and is qualified as a Specialist Navigating Officer with the Royal Navy.

Jay Tooker, Holman Fenwick Willan Superyacht InvestorJay Tooker
Partner, HFW


Jay specialises in yacht and ship building, yacht and ship sale and purchase, yacht, ship and asset finance, corporate law and international trade. He is a French speaker.

Jay is recommended by both Chambers UK 2014 and Legal 500 UK 2014 for his expertise with superyacht financing. In Chambers UK 2014, Jay "receives widespread praise for his shipping finance practice, and is known in the market for his excellent superyacht financing capabilities."

Toby Walker
Sales Area Manager, Benetti


Toby Walker was a yacht broker for 20 years, being Global Sales Director at Camper & Nicholsons, and running his own company, Stockbridge Yacht Brokers, from 2013 until 2016. He then joined the Benetti shipyard in his current role of area Sales Manager. One of Toby’s first brokerage sales was a Benetti; his first ever new-build project a Benetti, and his most recent new project as a broker was a Benetti. It is true to say Toby has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the yard; one he now hopes to strengthen by being part of their global sales force.

Vincent White
Managing Director, Wealth-X


Vincent White joined Wealth-X in 2012 as Director of Product Management, developing the wealth screening and due diligence parts of the business. He is now Managing Director of the Wealth-X Institute, where he is responsible for driving UHNW thought leadership, supporting product and data innovation, conducting bespoke research projects, and fostering knowledge sharing within Wealth-X and client organisations. His expertise includes geographic, demographic, and behavioural analysis of CRM data to formulate strategies for developing new ultra-wealthy donors or customers.
He previously worked for ten years in Governance, Risk, and Compliance, specialising in Anti-Money Laundering and due diligence. Vincent has a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of York.

Tom Walters
Partner, HFW


Tom joined HFW in 2002, and qualified in 2004 into the Admiralty Casualty Response team. In addition to a number of high profile salvage and marine litigation cases, Tom has worked on a number of complex technical cases in the offshore oil & gas industry dealing with; construction disputes involving jack up and semi-submersible rigs, decommissioning and disposal of marine assets, insurance claims, towage disputes involving the transportation of various offshore units, contractual disputes involving pipe laying vessels, the salvage of several semi-submersible platforms in the Gulf of Mexico after hurricanes Dennis and Katrina, and the “Deepwater Horizon” incident.

Tom graduated in 1995 after which he worked in a naval architecture practice for two years. Tom remains a member of RINA (The Royal Institution of Naval Architects).

Janet Xanthopoulos
Director / Legal Advisor / Head of Yacht Ownership and Administration Dpt, Rosemont Yacht Services & Management


Janet has an international background and graduated at University of Aix-Marseille III. She has Masters in International/European and Maritime Law and speaks five European languages.

Since 2001 Janet has gained significant working experience in the yachting sector in Europe and in Asia and headed up the yacht departments of two other Luxembourg and Monaco based companies. Her extensive legal, fiscal and commercial experience is further strengthened with a practical background in the yacht sector ensuring the delivery of a dedicated range of services to the most exacting standards.

As head of the Yacht Ownership & Administration Department, Janet leads a team of professional and highly experienced people who can assist owners and brokers during all the ownership process starting from the purchase or construction up to the sale by considering also their structuring, legal, tax, financing, registration, insurance, crewing and day to day administration needs.

Janet regularly speaks at conferences and attends major yacht events.