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Having served the world’s shipping industry since 1883, we are universally regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping law firms. The reputation of our marine and admiralty departments, and the enduring relationships developed by our firm with the owners and operators of yachts and commercial vessels throughout the world form the foundation of our current practice. Our yacht team has been an integral part of the yachting industry for over 30 years and its in-depth knowledge of this intimate industry, combined with its global reach, ensures it is pre-eminent in the provision of legal services to yachting. We recognise that the industry is driven by a small group of high and ultra-high net worth individuals whose acquisition of a yacht and the drivers for doing so are usually quite separate to any business activities they may undertake and where issues of discretion and confidentiality are often of paramount importance.

We provide full service legal support to the yachting industry and advise on all legal issues a yacht is likely to encounter during its life, including:
• design and construction,
• sale and purchase transactions,
• financing,
• ownership structures,
• registration arrangements,
• VAT/Customs issues,
• operation and management,
• crewing,
• refit & repair,
• chartering,
• physical and cyber security,
• insurance.
• health, safety and regulatory compliance,
• casualties and crisis response,
• yacht arrest and dispute resolution.

We also support owners with legal issues concerning related assets, such as berths, tenders, submarines, helicopters and business jets.

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Robert Allen Law, with lawyers in Miami, Palm Beach, New York, and Houston, assists U.S. and foreign clients in a wide array of legal activities. The firm has a dynamic practice in international corporate matters including the yachting industry in which it represents market-leading yacht builders, distributors, brokers, maritime lenders and private buyers, sellers, charterers, and other businesses and associations. The firm also assists clients with their business, real estate, tax, and immigration law needs. Robert Allen Law offers fluent support in English, Spanish, and Italian, and a working knowledge of Portuguese.
Established in 1978, Trident Trust is a leading independent corporate, fiduciary and fund administrator, employing over 950 staff across a global footprint that spans Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. The Group provides services to professional advisers (lawyers and accountants) and other qualified intermediaries, financial institutions, asset managers, private clients, family offices and international businesses, who rely on our worldwide presence, local knowledge and our core values of reliability, responsiveness, attention to detail and personal service.
Trident Trust Marine Services offer a comprehensive range of services for the commercial vessel and luxury yacht sectors, including registration, payroll and human resources services, accounting support and administration of the ownership structures of vessels.
Our global marine capabilities are delivered though several key hubs across the Americas, Caribbean and Europe, supported by a dedicated marine services team in Guernsey.

• Guernsey: the core of our marine services team, specialises in marine HR, employment and payroll services.
• London: our global hub for all private and corporate client liaison, on hand for any private clients & key intermediaries when needed.
• Caribbean & Americas: access to key vessel registration jurisdictions, corporate structuring and local on-the-ground administration personnel.
• Cyprus: specialist ship management hub: formation and administration of multi-jurisdictional corporate structures for vessel ownership and/or chartering.
• Malta: leading European jurisdiction: ship registration, leasing structure administration.


You may well know Bargate Murray as a top international luxury asset law firm.

You are also probably aware that Bargate Murray have been recognised for many years for our expertise in superyacht transactional and advisory matters, aviation (private jets and litigation) and dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation), as well as other luxury assets.

But what really matters to us and to our clients is the personal, tailored, practical advice we provide, enabling problems to be solved, and deals to be done. Your success is our goal in all that we do.

We understand that no two clients are the same, and neither are their requirements. We work hard to get to know and understand you so that our work matches your aspirations.

Bargate Murray have been ranked for 7 consecutive years in the Chambers and Partners HNW guide for our work with Yachts and Superyachts. A market insider said, “they have a good mix of many years of industry experience coupled with strong professional knowledge”.

Quentin Bargate has also been described as a “Brilliant arbitrator, absolutely brilliant”.

We regularly act as trusted advisers to UHNW individuals, their family offices and UK-based and international corporations, advising on all aspects of the ownership, acquisition, disposal and operation of luxury assets.

Client confidentiality is at our core. We are proud to represent clients who own and operate yachts including some of the largest and most incredible projects yet built. We also work on all issues affecting jets, including accident and investigation work, as well as business jet sale and purchase.

And if you have a dispute, rest assured that our dispute resolution department, headed by CEO and founder Quentin Bargate, has the skills and track record to help you achieve the best outcome.

Some of the things we deal with include the following:

• Yacht and jet sale and purchase agreements
• Negotiating, drafting and reviewing yacht construction agreements
• Conversion and repair agreements
• Crew agreements
• Contracts with professionals such as architects and designers
• Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and litigation
• Bank and other finance arrangements
• Performance guarantees
• Project management arrangements
• Flagging and registration
• Corporate issues and ownership structures
Interested? We are happy, always, to discuss, confidentially, your needs.
With more than 1,400 employees and a presence in Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Lugano, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA is a leading European bank in Switzerland for corporates, institutions and private clients.

Active in Switzerland since 1872, we strive for long term development with a clear strategy for each business line:

•To be the preferred partner of Corporates and Institutions, supporting them in their development both in Europe and beyond with our “One Bank for Corporates” initiative.
•To be a leader in Wealth Management in terms of expertise and service for private clients and entrepreneurs.
•To be a reference for commodity finance thanks to our “Specialized Trade Solutions” dedicated to historical clients who share our values and to Group’s Corporate clients in Europe.

The BNP Paribas Group integrated model enables us to offer our clients the financial stability of a leading bank in Europe with international reach and its wide range of products and investment.

By developing long-term close working relationships with our clients, we aspire to contribute to sustainable, responsible growth
The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (Cayman Registry) is listed as a Category 1 British Registry within the Red Ensign Group. The Registry is considered to be first class and rated as one of the top flags in the world by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The Cayman Registry is white-listed and has qualified for “Low Risk” status within the Paris and Tokyo Port State Control Memoranda of Understanding (PSC MOUs) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Qualship 21 Programme, meaning considerably less Port State Control inspections for Cayman-registered vessels.

A division of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (Cayman Maritime), Cayman Registry provides a dynamic environment that supports its clients’ efforts to maximise their respective stakeholders’ interests in global shipping, whilst promoting compliance with international maritime Conventions in the areas of maritime safety and security, environmental protection and the welfare of seafarers. It offers client-focused quality maritime administration and services which include vessel registration, survey and certification, crew compliance, vessel construction supervision and maritime consultancy.

The Cayman Registry’s maintains a head office in the Cayman Islands; regional offices in Southampton, United Kingdom and Singapore; and has representatives in London, Ft. Lauderdale, Australia, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Panama and the Philippines.
For further information, please visit www.cishipping.com or contact us at client.relationships@cishipping.com
Ganado Advocates is a leading commercial law firm with a particular focus on the corporate, financial services and maritime/aviation sectors, predominantly servicing international clients doing business through Malta. The firm also promotes other areas such as tax, pensions, intellectual property, employment and litigation. The firm traces its roots back to the early 1900s, and is today one of Malta’s foremost law practices, consistently ranking as a leading firm in all its core sectors. GANADO Advocates has, over the past decades, contributed directly towards creating and enhancing Malta’s hard-won reputation as a reliable and effective international centre for financial and maritime services.
GANADO Advocates is at the forefront of the local ship registration and ship finance sectors and acts for many major ship owners, yacht and superyacht owners, banks and other financial institutions. The firm has also been strongly involved in the re-drafting of much of the relevant shipping legislation over the years.
One of the GANADO Advocates’ major strengths is the long standing involvement in yacht financing and yacht mortgaging. The firm’s specialist advisers act regularly for yacht financing banks and institutions throughout the world, making GANADO Advocates one of the leading players in the shipping and yachting sectors in Malta.

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