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Yachts Sale and Purchase


The Moulet and Marty law firm, specialized in maritime law, also offers expertise in yacht sale and purchase  on the French Riviera and overseas. Within this law firm, you will be able to discuss with Mr. Jérôme MOULET, recognized for his expertise in yacht sale and ship seizure cases, as well as Mr. Nicolas MARTY, who has developed, among other things, a particular expertise in technical litigation related to ship sales.

Thanks to our knowledge of maritime law, we assist and advise buyers, sellers, brokers and ship managers in the context of the sale of pleasure boats and yachts throughout the French Riviera. We intervene from the negotiation phase of the Memorandum of Agreement to the signature of the Bill of Sale. Our firm has more than 20 years of experience in this field.

  • Negotiation of the Memorandum and Bill of Sale
  • Vessel Financing
  • Creation of a One-Ship Company
  • Advice on the Vessel’s Mode of Operation
  • Advice on the Vessel’s Tax Status
yacht sale and purchase

Yachts sales and purchasing expertise

In order to protect you during the acquisition of your yacht or pleasure boat, we advise and assist you in creating a company devoted to acquiring and operating your vessel. The incorporation of the company will enable you to take advantage of the legal entity shield, that is to say the creditor of a transaction related to the operation of a vessel will, in principle, only be able to take action against the company owning the vessel. 

With the help of a lawyer competent in the sale of a vessel and the incorporation of a one-ship company, you will be able to protect your personal assets and prevent them from being confused with those of your company.

Our firm will draft and negotiate your Memorandum of Agreement and Bill of Sale. We monitor the progression from the establishment of suspensive conditions up until the completion of the transaction by the signing of the Bill of Sale.

We also offer escrow services through our CARPA account. During this phase, we contact potential creditors of the vessel to ensure that there are no debts on the vessel being transferred. Our intervention provides the buyer with legal certainty that is essential for the pursuit of his project.

We intervene in the realm of vessel financing with a mortgage or a leasing contract, taking into consideration aspects relating to ship registration and the registration of maritime mortgages.

Because of our activity as a lawyer competent in yacht sale and purchase, we have a network of partners allowing us to register mortgages, including foreign flags.

We also assist shipowners with advice on the vessel’s status in relation to its mode of operation.

In particular, we help determine the vessel’s status according to its activity and its sailing area.

We advise the shipowner on the tax status to be adopted, especially in regards to the VAT, the Domestic Consumption Tax on Energy Products (TICPE) and the “Francisation” and Navigation rights, or the Passport rights on vessels.

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