At Chetcuti Cauchi, we have a team dedicated to yacht and superyacht work consisting of lawyers with experience and know-how in the yacht market. Several lawyers are members, in their own right, of the Royal Malta Yacht Club and own and sail yachts. The firm is a member of the Malta Maritime Law Association.
Chetcuti Cauchi provides high quality and cost-effective legal services to yacht owners, charterers, managers, lenders, insurers, brokers, designers or builders whatever the size or type of craft.
We advise on newbuilding projects, the sale and purchase of second-hand yachts, financing, registration, tax matters, statutory compliance, commercial management and operation, insurance, crewing and chartering. We also handle high profile matters including corporate structuring and tax planning and our team of tax experts provides sound advice on tax planning solutions. An effective tax solution with regards to shipping is the VAT Yacht Solution. This is a leasing scheme through which VAT on a yacht registered in Malta can be reduced to 5.4%. We act for both buyers and sellers, assisting sellers in the setting up of a Malta Company and advising both buyers and brokers regarding the necessary steps which are to be followed in order to benefit from this scheme.
Our lawyers are well involved in the everyday management of shipping companies, and provide necessary legal advice for the proper administration of the vessels and the companies themselves. In the event of disputes, Chetcuti Cauchi can provide its clients with our full range of litigation, arbitration and mediation expertise.