Two hard hitting marine lawyers are on course to sail specialist law firm Keystone Law to the top of the list of superyacht law firms.
Barrister Benjamin Maltby has left Ince & Co is to join the same department as Jonathan Hadley-Piggin.
Prior to becoming a solicitor, Jonathan spent twelve years at sea as a navigating officer with BP Shipping and then as a submarine officer in the Royal Navy.
As a former navigating officer for the Royal Navy, Hadley-Piggin is steeped in the maritime world and lectures around the world on the MCA Master Yachts course for aspiring superyacht captains.
Benjamin is highly experienced in yachting and luxury asset law. His impressive client base includes some of the world’s most prominent and prolific superyacht owners, as well as finance providers, yards and key suppliers.
Particular work highlights include creating and implementing novel and unique contracts, such as a joint venture agreement for the financing, purchasing and refitting of an 80-metre Blohm+Voss, and a hybrid new-build/second-hand agreement for the buyer of a previously rejected 64-metre Benetti.
Further strengthening the team is Anastasia Papadopoulou, who until recently was Head of Maritime at TLT. Having spent her early career in structured finance work Anastasia now advises high-net-worth individuals and finance institutions on the construction, sale and purchase and financing of superyachts.
Specialising in finance, construction and purchase, in addition to operational matters such as taxation, insurance and employment the marine and shipping division at Keystone Law is now one of the first choices the first points of call for those ion the superyacht industry and are frequently recommended to clients by leading brokers, owners’ representatives, project managers, captains and lawyers from other jurisdictions.
The firm’s client base comprises banks and private individuals in the yacht and superyacht industry.
In addition, the team advises marine businesses, crew and other leisure marine operators such as yacht management companies and marina owners.