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Company Profile

HFW is an international law firm with over 600 lawyers working across a global network of 20 offices, including 7 offices located in the Asia Pacific region. HFW is regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping law firms, and the yacht team has been an integral part of the yachting industry for over 30 years.  HFW is one of the few firms in the market able to legitimately claim a deep specialisation in both maritime law in general and yachts in particular. The firm's in-depth knowledge combined with its international reach ensures that HFW is pre-eminent when it comes to the provision of legal services to the yachting industry.

The HFW yacht team is routinely involved in the largest and most complex projects and disputes in the yachting industry. The team advises on all legal issues a vessel is likely to encounter during its life, including:

Design agreements and intellectual property issues

Construction agreements

Financing and leasing arrangements

Yacht sale and purchase transactions

Ownership structures

Registration arrangements

Import and export formalities

VAT and other tax issues

Management agreements

Crewing and employment matters

Refit and repair contracts


Sale and purchase of berths

Restructuring of distressed loans for yacht owners, banks and builders

Physical and cyber security arrangements

Insurance and crisis response

Health, safety and regulatory compliance

Business jets and helicopters

With a network of offices across the Asia Pacific region experienced in yachting matters, and our leading European yacht practice, we are the go-to law firm for yacht owners and the wider yachting industry in Asia and the Pacific.



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