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Who are they?

HFW is an international law firm with a leading shipping team and the world’s largest specialist yacht practice. We have over 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

HFW's yacht team has been an integral part of the yachting industry for over 30 years and is one of the few teams in the market able to legitimately claim a deep specialisation in both maritime law in general and yachts in particular. The team's in-depth knowledge combined with its international reach ensures the firm's  pre-eminence in the provision of legal services to the yachting industry. 

HFW's yacht team is routinely involved in the largest and most complex projects and disputes in the yachting industry. The team provides full service legal support to the yachting industry and advise on all legal issues a yacht is likely to encounter during its life, including in relation to design and construction, flagging and ownership structures, VAT arrangements, sale and purchase, financing, operation, management, crewing, refit, chartering, physical and cyber security, and insurance. The team also advise on related personal injury, health and safety, regulatory compliance, casualties and crisis response and dispute resolution.

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Sariah Choucair
BD & Marketing Manager - Europe

As Marketing & Business Development Manager at HFW, I work closely with the firm's attorneys in Paris, Brussels, Monaco & Geneva on marketing and business development strategies and their implementation. With a demonstrated history working in the legal and financial services industries, I have extensive experience managing teams and projects and successfully defining and implementing strategy. 


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At HFW, we are committed to building practices and cultures that actively facilitate, cultivate and celebrate diversity and inclusion at all levels. We look forward to working with the rest of the She and the Sea signatories to help create a more diverse and inclusive yacht industry.

William MacLachlan, Partner, HFW

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