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Sarah Allen
Partner (Shipping & Yachting)
Penningtons Manches Cooper

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Robert Allen
Robert Allen Law

Robert N. (“Bob”) Allen, Jr., is the senior partner of Robert Allen Law, which focuses a significant part of its practice on the yacht industry. With offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and New York City, its legal team represents buyers, sellers, manufacturers, dealers, brokerages, and banks, with respect to superyachts throughout the world.

He serves as principal outside legal advisor to the International Yacht Brokers Association (“IYBA,” formerly FYBA) and was the primary drafter of the IYBA Purchase and Sale and Listing Agreements, which have become the standard industry forms in the U.S. and are increasingly used in cross-border transactions. His firm also serves as principal legal advisor to two of the largest yacht manufacturing groups in the world, with respect to their operations in the U.S. and the Americas.

He is contributor to Compass, the IYBA’s periodical publication, and a regular speaker at the IYBA’s seminars on legal issues related to the purchase and sale of yachts.

Bob received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from New College. He is fluent in Spanish. He is married and has a 5-year old son.

Olivier Blanchet
Head of Jet and Yacht Finance
BNP Paribas

A Graduate of Paris-Dauphine University with a dual master of economics and industrial organizations, Olivier has been also certified in 2019 from the University of Cambridge to develop Positive Impact Business on behalf of the Institute of Sustainability Leadership.
Olivier develops its skills in structuring, credit risk and project management acquired in a Corporate Banking World with a focus on Asset Finance. He develops its skills in various positions as relationship manager, credit analyst, portfolio manager, credit structurer and credit project manager. His specialties include deals origination and 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”. Then, he became a Maritime Banker. He developed a sound international business relationships portfolio focus on commercial vessels and ship owners. He launched a financing and advisory offer for Yacht in 2006.
As Head of the Business Jet & Yacht Finance Services, Olivier works in close cooperation with Wealth Management Department by providing specialist guidance for its yacht financing team, particularly in marketing, structuring, loan documentation, making a bridge between UHNWIs and people in charge of Sustainable Development Goals.

Andrew Blundell
Director of Aviation and Marine
Close Brothers Aviation and Marine

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 Buffet
Head of Aviation and Yacht Finance
Credit Suisse

Michel Buffat joined Credit Suisse in 2001 after having spent eight years at a blue chip Swiss engineering firm. Michel has held various corporate finance positions before he joined the aircraft and yachts finance team in 2005. There he has been serving the bank’s ultra high net worth clients in various positions, such as sales manager, head of transactions as well as responsible for portfolio and recovery management. Since 2018 Michel is heading the team and is in charge of Credit Suisse’s global aviation and yacht finance business. Michel is an active member of the wider business aviation community. Until 2018, he was chairing the EBAA AMAC Financier’s Subcommittee. He is regularly participating as speaker in CJI and other industry events.

Michel has built up the yacht finance business of Credit Suisse since its relaunch in 2014. He represents the bank in the longstanding partnership with the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco and has brought it to the next level. Together with the club, he is driving common initiatives such as the Explorer Awards and the “La Belle Classe Blue Yachting” initiative for Superyachts.

Michel holds an MBA from the University of Rochester as well as a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Andrew Charlier
Partner & Co-Head of Yachts

Prior to joining HFW, Andrew was the global head of yachting for another international law firm and he has over 25 years' experience advising clients on all aspects of the yachting industry, including the purchase and sale, construction, financing, chartering and registration of large yachts.
His practice also covers business aviation transactions namely negotiation and documentation of sales, purchases, finance and leasing, management, regulatory issues, corporate structuring and registration.
Industry guides regularly identify Andrew as market leader in yachting matters, citing his "huge amount of experience in yacht transactions" and "deep understanding of the industry". According to Chambers & Partners HNW 2019, clients say "the 'sheer breadth of what he is involved in' is 'a key strength,' which 'comes from a long knowledge of the sector. His strength is being able to ask the right questions and appraise the contribution being made by other experts.'

Tim Clarke
Quay Crew

From 2006 to 2007 Tim was lucky enough to spend two years as a deckhand on MY Sai Ram and MY Leander, two excellent charter yachts. After leaving yachting, Tim moved up to London for a career in recruitment. Tim worked predominantly in the Finance and Accounting sector supplying senior staff to a variety of clients including Barclays, HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Thomson Reuters. Quay Crew was set up in 2013 to provide a different recruitment service to yachts. Tim looks after the Captain roles whilst managing the team which is now 6 strong. One of the things Tim loves about his role is offering career and mentoring advice to Captains and senior Deck Officers. He also enjoys writing yachting related blogs which attempt to educate and guide crew in their chosen career.

Jamie Edmiston
Chief Executive

Jamie initiated the visionary rebrand of Edmiston almost 20 years ago; a move which permanently transformed marketing across the entire superyacht industry. Under Jamie’s stewardship as Chief Executive, Edmiston remains at the top of the superyacht world. Jamie is actively involved in client relationships throughout the business, consistently resulting in some of the market’s most significant transactions.
In addition to his role as Chief Executive of Edmiston, Jamie is the Chairman of Cambridge based Levidian Nanosystems, a revolutionary climate tech business that is at the forefront of bringing hydrogen to the mainstream.

Ian Hughes
Senior Associate

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Tim Johnson
CEO & Founder
TJB Superyachts

I have spent the last 16 years as a broker working with UHNW individuals, and served 14 years in the British Army reserve with tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. My career began in private aviation before moving to super yachts. Growing up in a naval family, I developed an early passion for boats, and the yachting industry was a natural transition.

Through my experience at large brokerage houses, I knew I wanted to offer a more bespoke service to my clients – the kind of personal touch that I believe can only be achieved in a boutique firm. Therefore, I chose to found my own company – encapsulating the highly personalised service I found befitting the yachting charter and buying experience. TJB Super Yachts was founded in 2013, and I am proud to say that my company’s quick success is testament to my team’s extraordinary commitment and hard work. Running an innovative business with a strong ethical mind-set pertaining to our core values is challenging, yet also rewarding, as proven by our steady growth and year on year increase in both charters and revenue.

Alex Kemp

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Ben Lind
Senior Yacht Underwriter

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 endeavoured 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.

Ben Mennem
Chief Executive Officer

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Martin Redmayne
Chairman & Editor in Chief
The Superyacht Report

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Raphael Sauleau

With over 25 years in the private wealth and maritime sectors, Raphael has a well-earned reputation for delivering results through skilled people and operations management.
Born in Angers in the French Loire Valley and a skilled footballer from an early age, Raphael considered a professional career in the sport before opting to study Hospitality and Tourism in Nice, France and London, England. As an entrepreneur he ran several businesses before the cruise line industry enticed him to sea where he completed several world cruises and met his future wife.
Moving back on land, he embarked on what was to become a 15-year stint working for the world’s largest maritime services provider, V-Ships. As Director of Crew Operations, he was responsible for no less than 60 shore staff and up to 8,000 crew across the group’s cargo, offshore, cruise, yachting, hotel and resort portfolios.
A rare opportunity to deploy his skills and experience for the benefit of a renowned UHNWI saw him leave V-Ships in 2013 to act as CEO for a Monaco-based Family Office managing leading luxury assets such as the Parkview Private Collection in St Tropez, Monaco, London and Beijing and yachts including the 69m (226') M/Y SALUZI.
In 2016, Fraser’s search for a CEO with UHNW expertise and an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to luxury yachting came to a successful conclusion when Raphael became only its 5th CEO in a history spanning more than 70 years.
Since then Raphael has not only ensured Fraser continues to buy and sell more luxury yachts for clients every year than any other provider, he has also overseen the exponential growth of its Yacht Management fleet to over 100 yachts, the opening of several new offices (Hong Kong, Phuket, TCN Palma and Barcelona), an increase in its skilled workforce of over 13%, and most recently, the successful purchase from longstanding owners, Azimut/Benetti, by the world’s most successful pleasure boat dealer, the American-based MarineMax.
A firm believer in the value of working together as an industry to better serve clients, Raphael is actively involved with two of the most influential associations in luxury yachting today - LYBRA (Large Yacht Brokers Association) for which he is currently President, and MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) as Head of the Communications Committee.
Fluent in English and French, a champion Ironman and father of two daughters, Raphael is driven, professionally and personally, by the challenge of getting the most out of life and the pursuit of always giving back.

Mike Taylor-West
Partner, Private Client & Marine

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.

Jan-Bart Verkuyl
Feadship - Royal Van Lent

Jan-Bart Verkuyl, CEO of Royal Van Lent is responsible for the shipyard on Kaag island and for the second new yard in Amsterdam as well as its subsidiaries Van der Loo furniture factory, and the joint ventures De Voogt Naval Architects and Feadship. Royal van Lent has roots dating back to 1849 as yacht construction started in earnest eighty years ago when motor and sailing yachts were built out of wood. Today High-end yacht builder Royal Van Lent upholds the prestigious Dutch maritime tradition. For each new project, the adventure begins with a blank page and continues on the high seas.
Jan-Bart trained with a master’s degree in Naval architecture and started as a project manager at the renowned maritime research institute MARIN in 1998. He joined Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects in 2006, transferring to Royal Van Lent five years later. Taking up various key roles related to engineering, design, construction and sales, Verkuyl eventually joined the Feadship board of directors. In 2016 Jan-Bart took over the helm as CEO from Dick van Lent. What drives Jan-Bart is that each Feadship vessel is truly unique and reflects our desire to create new design models built on excellence and state-of-the-art technology. They represent the very best our company has to offer as we build bespoke yachts for people who only want the best.

Francesca Webster
Editor in Chief
Superyacht Times

Francesca’s career in the yachting industry began when she was 18, working as crew aboard a sailing yacht in Greece. This matured over the years and eventually she took a position on a classic superyacht traveling around the world and later going on to work as the in-house historian for a classic yachting company. In 2020 she completed the definitive history of the classic John Alden schooner Puritan, with the book launched in Monaco this year. In 2021 she joined SuperYacht Times as Editor in Chief. Today she pours her decade of industry knowledge into the company, which she combines with her passion for sailing, the superyacht industry and the current events within it.

Mike Wimbridge
Managing Director

Mike began his insurance career in 1987 initially working for the Royal Insurance Group before entering the marine world by joining Radcliffe and Company in 1989. This was his first step on what has become a 30 year career in the yacht Insurance market. During that time Mike has been both an insurance broker and an underwriter. Mike has worked for much of his career in Lloyd’s of London and, including spells with Marsh, AIG, BRIT and Markel, he has been involved in all aspects of superyacht underwriting and Broking and is extremely well known within the industry. In 2019 Mike joined Pantaenius, one of the leading specialists in Yacht Insurance, and works as Managing Director - UK for them.