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This Practice Note details those aspects of the sale and purchase of superyachts that notably differ from similar transactions involving commercial ships. For more information on the position in relation to commercial vessels generally, see Practice Note: Sale and purchase of second-hand vessels.
Yacht builders will generally propose using their standard building contract for superyacht construction or alternatively the parties will negotiate a bespoke contract. For more on shipbuilding contracts for other types of vessel, see Practice Note: Shipbuilding contracts.
This Practice Note deals with the sale of a completed or second-hand superyacht, very frequently sold through a yacht broker. The standard sale form (See The MYBA form below ) is the most widely used form of contract for second-hand superyachts bought and sold in Europe. The standard form is based on the principle ‘caveat emptor’ putting the onus on the buyer to conduct due diligence. Following acquisition, the buyer’s choice of flag under which the superyacht is registered and the choice of owning company structure must take into account the owner’s convenience, proposed use of the superyacht and also potential exposure to tax.
As mentioned above, The Worldwide Yachting Association's (MYBA) Form is the most common standard form Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) used for the sale and purchase of superyachts in Europe. Although parties are at liberty to choose
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When transferring an interest in land, any fixtures form part of the land and are transferred with it, unless there is express provision to the contrary. Fittings (also known as chattels) do not form part of the land and will not be included unless it has been expressly agreed otherwise. Difficulty
Common financial covenantsThis Practice Note explains certain common financial covenants used in commercial finance transactions including:•minimum net worth test•gearing ratio•leverage ratio (or debt to equity ratio)•current ratio (or acid test ratio)•cashflow ratio•interest cover ratio, and•loan
PRA Rulebook—introduction for the insurance and reinsurance sectorOn 29 August 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the PRA Rulebook (Rulebook). The transition from the Handbook to the Rulebook was intended to benefit PRA-authorised firms, to access clearer and more concise
Capital allowances on property sales—pre-contract enquiriesThis Practice Note is about capital allowance-related pre-contract enquiries on a property transfer. It applies to the grant of a new property interest (eg a lease) as well as to the acquisition of an existing lease or freehold.For clauses
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