who we are
HFW is an international law firm with over 500 lawyers working across our global network. We advise clients on the legal issues in relation to all aspects of international commerce and we are regarded as one of the world’s leading shipping law firms. The expertise, experience and reputation earned in commercial shipping is carried into our yacht practice.
Our yacht team has over 25 years experience of working in this intimate industry and our in-depth knowledge combined with our international reach ensures we are pre-eminent in the field.
Holman Fenwick has a market-leading yacht practice which draws on the experience of its world-renowned shipping team. Holman Fenwick is regarded as “one of the most prominent firms around,” with a “very high profile in the yachting world.” The firm represents some of the world’s leading shipyards as well as a number of prominent HNW yacht owners.
Sources highlight the quality of the team’s work, with one lawyer noting that they are “a very solution-driven firm who always find a mutually beneficial result.” Holman Fenwick is also described as having an “extensive network of international contacts” and as being “one of the most visible firms in this market.”
We are very pleased to have HFW’s yacht team assisting us with our Volvo Ocean Race matters and particularly impressed by their fast turnaround and commercial approach.
what we do
Confidentiality and privacy are paramount in the yachting industry. We, of course, cannot disclose details of our clients or any of the projects we have been involved in. However, our team is positioned to assist with any aspect of constructing and operating a yacht and we are routinely involved in some of the largest and most complex projects in the yachting industry. We advise on the full lifecycle of yachting issues including, amongst other things:
- Design contracts / intellectual property issues
- Construction and refit projects
- Ownership structures
VAT and tax issues
Sale and purchase transactions
Financing and leasing arrangements
Restructuring of distressed assets
Management and crewing
The sale, purchase and leasing of berths
Physical and cyber security
Health, safety and regulatory compliance
Business jets and helicopters
We have a strong international brand and a rapidly growing network of offices. Our 17 offices (plus 3 alliance/association offices) provide us with resources across the globe and we have presence in many of the major centres of yacht ownership and operation in the world. Frequently we resource our matters with team members drawn from different offices and time zones and this allows us to provide our clients, wherever they are, with the resources of a truly global superyachts team.
We speak 40 languages across the firm.