HFW opens Monaco office

HFW is boosting its global yacht practice and launching a Monaco office with the hire of a market-leading team, to be led by partner Andrew Charlier (pictured).

The team, which will also include partners Ian Cranston and Marco Crusafio, legal directors Ian Fisher and Ruth Monahan, associate George Kaye and trainee legal executive Laura Pike, provide full-service advice to clients across the yachting and shipping sector, including on the sale and purchase, construction, financing, chartering and registration of large yachts.

They will join HFW in early September 2019 from Ince, where Andrew was Global Head of Yachts and Ian Cranston was Monaco Office Head.

Following the hires, HFW will have 12 yacht partners across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, making it the world’s largest specialist yacht practice.

Jay Tooker, Partner, HFW:

“This is a major development for our global yacht practice. It isn’t every day that you get an opportunity to bring in the number one yacht team in Monaco; the centre of yachting in Europe. Andrew has vast experience and expertise, and rightly enjoys an outstanding reputation with clients across the industry. These hires further enhance our ability to provide first-class advice to the yachting industry in its key markets around the world, and illustrates our deep and longstanding commitment to the sector.”

Andrew is one of the world’s leading yachting lawyers and has more than 30 years’ experience advising on transactional yacht, business aviation, and corporate and commercial matters.

Andrew Charlier, Partner, HFW:

“We are very excited to be joining what is unquestionably the world’s top yacht practice, with an unmatched international network of top class lawyers and an enviable client base. We’ve always been impressed with HFW whenever we’ve worked together on matters, and look forward to helping the firm strengthen its position as the go-to advisor for the industry.”

HFW acts for owners, banks, builders, managers, insurers, yacht brokers and high-net-worth individuals on the full lifecycle of yachting issues, including design and construction agreements, intellectual property, financing and leasing, sale and purchase of yachts and berths, ownership structures, registration, import and export, VAT and tax, management agreements, crewing and employment, refit and repair contracts, charterparties, restructuring of distressed loans, physical and cyber security, health & safety and regulatory compliance, and crisis management.

The firm will have added seven shipping partners and a senior consultant in the past four months, following a record internal promotions round and the recent hire of renowned former shipbroker Chris Jones in Singapore.

HFW has the world’s largest shipping law practice.

About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Johnson
Head of Communications
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