Archive for June, 2019

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC will attend The 4th STEP Europe Conference 2019

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC Representative, Sanela Trzin will attend STEP Europe Conference 2019 which will take place on 27th and 28th of June at Four Seasons Hotel Limassol.

An international panel of speakers, including academics, politicians, private practitioners and people from the business community, will share their views on hot and cross border topics such as: family governance and succession; family mobility; beneficial ownership registers; and taxation of executives, employees, shareholders and private equity managers in relation to remuneration schemes.

Programme focus:

  • Cross-border family succession issues
  • People and families on the move: new residence and citizenship destinations
  • Family governance and succession: towards the new generation
  • Beneficial Ownership Registers under the 4th and 5th AML Directives: an update
  • Taxation on executives, employees, shareholders, private equity managers: phantoms, stock options, bonus, classes of shares
  • Trusts and trust-like arrangements in civil law countries
  • Tax issues to consider in a cross-border divorce
  • Private clients, private choices and public freedoms

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades LLC attended the East Med Maritime Conference in Beirut, Lebanon

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades Law Firm’s Representatives, Sanela Trzin and Stelios Havatzias attended the East Med Maritime Conference which took place between 19th and 20th of June in Beirut, Lebanon.

East Mediterranean is one of the busiest commercial shipping hubs around the world, where the strategic position of this part of Mediterranean Sea grants it the commercial power as well as the continuous investments in shipping and ports. In addition, recent oil and gas infrastructures are all underway to maintain a sustainable intersecting cluster that is approached by major shipping and offshore companies worldwide.

Investing heavily in such infrastructure that improves shipping and trade linking both domestic and international markets is a main strategic plan for the majority of East Med Region Governments, and thus the private sector has a big role to turn those ambitious plans into current daily projects.

East Mediterranean is a vital linking node that is not only serving the Middle East and North Africa Region but also the world economy in addition to the worldwide Silk Road project, which emphasizes past, present, and future expansion plans in ports, container terminals, shipyards, maritime training institutes, and maritime and offshore service facilities.

East Med Maritime Conference EMMC, is the perfect platform that discussed the latest developments in the shipping, maritime, and offshore industries, and provided a premier interdisciplinary forum to the maritime training professionals and community to present the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, present/future challenges and recommended solutions.

3rd Annual East Mediterranean Superyacht Forum

The 3rd Annual East Mediterranean Superyacht Forum took place on the 30th of May 2019 at Athens Plaza and was once again jointly produced by Quaynote Communications, the specialist conference company and producers of global events such as Opportunities in Superyachts, the annual conference in Malta and others, and Oceda S.A, a new Greece-based yacht services company.

This International Forum, brought together superyacht industry experts from across Europe and further afield such as yacht brokers, marina operators, yacht managers, lawyers, corporate service providers, yacht Associations, yacht captains and owners’ representatives.

The panelists presented their views on matters such as cruising in the Med, chartering, marina facilities, crew needs and education as well as technology on board superyachts, art maintenance on yachts, tax issues and duty free fuel.

A comparison between cruising in West and East Med showed a great number of 304 marinas in the West Med, while only 19 in the East Med, despite the latter being more popular during the summer season due to its natural beauty, green trees and blue waters.

Although West Med has a large number of marinas compared to East Med, there is a shortage of berth availability for superyachts in the summer which is an additional reason for the increased demand of marinas in the East Med.

Greece was found to progressively attract larger and newer superyachts, which is making the country a very popular destination that needs to facilitate the current administrative and bureaucratic procedures which at the moment makes it difficult for captains, owners and ship managers to cope with and causes delays.

The event was followed by a networking dinner at a traditional restaurant at the heart of Athens, Syntagma, where the attendants had the opportunity to enjoy the Greek cuisine and network.