Recent Work Examples

Purchase of a Superyacht

Instruction received to complete the purchase of a 55m Super Yacht on behalf of an ultra-high net worth client.

The client already had an extensive and comprehensive family office structure in place with the group’s trust and corporate service provider and requested the group’s assistance with the search, acquisition and running of his own Super Yacht. After a detailed review of the market and analysis of Super Yachts for sale, a short list was presented to the client for consideration.

The group then concluded the acquisition of the preferred Super Yacht working closely with a number of key third party advisors including a marine lawyer, marine surveyor and debt specialist. Terms agreed with all parties were on preferential rates as a result of the group’s standing and the acquisition was concluded promptly. Further, the group dealt with all insurance, coding and flag state requirements to ensure the Super Yacht could be operated as a commercial charter yacht from day one.

The group’s fiduciary partners handled the VAT registration to ensure the Super Yacht was owned in the correct structure and fully compliant across all relevant jurisdictions.

Once the purchase was concluded the group via it’s marine and aviation division managed the process of ensuring a full crew of 13 was in place, all crew contracts and payroll requirements were dealt with accordingly and all on-going maritime compliance and flag state requirements were met. In addition all financial records and management accounts were maintained by the group’s accountancy division on a real time basis.

Shortly after the acquisition concluded the client embarked on a major overhaul and refit of the Super Yacht. Again the group assisted with the management and control of the entire project bringing it ahead of schedule and within budget. The end result has transformed a “standard” Super Yacht in to a stunning vessel that has had massive success on the charter market and provided many hours of enjoyment for the client and his family.

Investment Fund for a Family Office

A leading City of London based wealth manager formed a joint venture with an established property consultancy in order to raise an investment fund. They engaged the group’s consultancy to advise on and assist with the project.

Our consultant advised on the jurisdiction, structure and format of the proposed fund, and sourced the required service providers (lawyers, auditors, domiciliary agents, administrators, tax advice etc.), negotiating favourable fee arrangements from the best available partners.

The consultancy drafted fund documentation (offering document, marketing materials, fact sheet, roadshow presentation etc.), and liaised with the regulator and service providers on an ongoing basis to keep timeframes for progress as short as possible.

 

As the fund approached launch, the requisite marketing registrations were completed and initial investor meetings were organised to secure seed capital. Calling on the broad experience of the group, including its considerable distribution expertise and investment power, the fund was able to launch with AUM in excess of its initial target raise.

A successful and profitable launch of a new investment fund within a 6 month timeframe leaves the fund and group well placed to continue to work together: introducing further investment, arranging roadshows, updating and assisting with information flow and relationship management with investors and service providers, as well as making deal-flow introductions.

Acquiring Real Estate in Belgravia, London

Instruction received to source a Central London residence.

The group’s property development company sourced an elegant 6,000 sq ft, six-storey residential town house, with a mews property attached, situated just off the well-known Sloane Square. Terms were negotiated on behalf of the client and agreed with the vendor.

The group’s debt consultancy company was engaged and debt was sourced with a highly regarded private bank with flexible terms on a pure standalone basis.

Advice was sought on holding the property and resulted in the establishment of a trust structure.

The property was purchased with a plan to reconfigure the house to create a private family residence of the highest quality, tailored to contemporary living, whilst maintaining the grandeur of the formal rooms. The group’s interior design company was engaged to strip the house back to its fabric, albeit retaining the original features. A single storey basement extension will house a swimming pool and steam room and add an additional 667 sq ft to the property. The property will also incorporate 6 en-suite bedrooms, cinema room, gymnasium, wine cellar and formal dining rooms and reception rooms, all served by a lift. The creativity, expertise and attention to detail will transform a tired property in an excellent location into a desirable gem.

Mining Business Acquisition, Australia

A client based in Asia wanted to acquire a mining business in Australia but had no in house expertise to project manage and complete the transaction. Given the cross border nature of the transaction and the client’s lack of local knowledge and deal experience we realised early on we had to guide our client through the transaction. We did this by:

  • Initially, through our network, identifying the relevant third party professional advisers (including local Australian lawyers, accountants, geologists)
  • Negotiating and agreeing heads of terms with the seller
  • Managing the due diligence phase including conducting a site visit with the client
  • Negotiating with the local aboriginal tribes to gain their permission to build the mine
  • Advising the client on draft documentation and key issues
  • Securing the most cost effective transfer of funds through our FOREX partners for completion funds.

Commercial Real Estate acquisition, Paris

A family office based in the Middle East was trying to acquire a commercial building in Paris. What seemed to be a relatively straightforward transaction had taken 10 months and as a result the legal fees had also grown out of control. In order to bring the deal to a close we:

  • Inserted ourselves into the negotiating process and reviewed the standard of advice being given. It was clear that both sets of advisers had become increasingly frustrated with each other. We sought to rectify this on both sides with some renewed focus being applied by us
  • It became clear that the main issue was on the vendor’s side. After some due diligence on the vendor we discovered an issue that the client had with some impending litigation and managed to bring the deal to a close within 3 weeks
  • Post-completion we also managed to reduce our clients fees by 40% based on us getting third party quotes from other advisers in our network based on the same deal parameters

UK Relocation

An Asian entrepreneur had decided to move his family to the UK and asked us for help in securing visas for his family as well as securing school places for his children and a residential property. We project managed the relocation and ensured the following:

  • Tier 1 investment visas were secured and the funds invested in UK equities/bonds through our investment management platform to ensure compliance with the relevant immigration legislation
  • Sourced several prime residential properties. The client ended up buying 3 prime London residential apartments in addition to the family home. We also secured the lending for the various acquisitions through our partners
  • School places secured for the 3 children at top UK prep and public schools following an interview process

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