It is summer. For many Middle East based families, that usually means a few months spent with friends and family on the Mediterranean coast; for a select few, they will ordinarily use their luxury superyachts as a base of summer operations, cruising around European waters. This year may be different, but this difference will not last forever. Indeed, spending the long hot summer in the Gulf may spur some families in the Middle East who had already been thinking about it, and others who hadn’t, to begin exploring how to go about buying their own piece of paradise and perfect escape for the future.
Buying a superyacht, and joining the exclusive boating world, is a unique yet complex experience. Having a partner who can help navigate the process from day one will ensure a seamless journey – from the possible build, purchase, finance and registration, through to ongoing services for the new yacht.
For prospective buyers in the Middle East, having the right partner is particularly important: The legal rules and fiscal regulations around yacht ownership and management are multifaceted in Europe, especially when compared to the relatively low tax GCC jurisdictions.
Once the prospective owner(s) has made the decision to purchase a superyacht the next step is to make contact with a reliable and reputable sales broker.
As a business with over 45 years’ experience in the yacht industry and a presence in the Middle East, Fiduchi can assist from A to Z.
Once the yacht has been identified Fiduchi will guide the buyer throughout the purchase process to final ownership, ensuring an enjoyable and exciting journey. The prospective owner should engage the services of advisers that specialise in the ownership and management of these luxury assets:
The prospective owner may already have a preferred CSP or possibly their own family office through which their business affairs and other high value assets are administered. Although their existing CSP/family office will be well versed in the setting up and administration of a corporate structure for the purpose of controlling their business interests, because owning a yacht is such a specialised area it would be prudent to engage the services of specialist superyacht advisers referred to above.
Setting up an ownership structure in a well-regulated and reputable offshore jurisdiction provides the following benefits:
Flag selection establishes the law under which the yacht conducts its business and operations and is therefore a key decision when considering the overall structure. The nationality of the owner and the intended use of the yacht must be considered when deciding on the most appropriate jurisdiction.
The jurisdiction of the corporate owning structure and the flag state do not have to be one and the same. Several ship registries have offices in multiple locations around the world ensuring that communications are undertaken in the same time zone. For example, a Jersey company can register a yacht in the Cayman Islands and liaise with the Cayman registry via its UK office.
Spending time aboard your own luxury superyacht anchored in a secluded and sheltered spot provides the perfect scenario for relaxing and spending time with friends and family. However, this perfect scenario can quickly become a nightmare if the owner has not considered the technical, tax and VAT regulations in relation to the ownership and use of their yacht.
Based on research conducted in November of last year by Hubbis, in conjunction with Jersey Finance, there is an estimated USD 1 trillion due to be passed down in the next decade from older Middle Eastern patriarchs and matriarchs to the younger generation.
There are many reasons why a private individual or corporate entity might incorporate a company in Jersey. Paul Lees Head of Private Client explains the advantages and uses for incorporating a company in Jersey, as well as the varying types of companies that can be created.
As an independent specialist yacht administration and fiduciary business, Fiduchi has a specialist team which can advise and take care of all matters regarding your superyacht.
As the CSP engaged to set up and administer the bespoke ownership structure, we will arrange the yacht registration in the most appropriate flag state. We will also engage with the yacht management company and the owner’s legal/tax advisers and work with them on behalf of the owner.
We understand that one of the primary concerns of owners are costs associated with owning a yacht. Therefore, we provide a transparent fixed pricing structure.
The ultimate aim is to ensure the owner and their family and guests can truly relax and enjoy their time aboard.