Let's see now...A French leasing company, an undetailed tax avoidance scheme, a German broker, an Italian builder
, a British buyer, and several principals who have to date only proven that they are not quite completely aboveboard and open as to what the complete deal is.
And you're going to re-enter that quagmire a second time?! Good lord, that brings to mind the phrase "a glutten for punishment".
There's nothing unusual about simultaneous closings (which are always seuqential despite the legal
fiction) and multiple parties, but when there are that many parties, tax schemes, leases and purchases and the laws of at least four nations to be involved, I can't see getting involved in that without some rather expensive international finance and admiralty lawyers being part of the process.
Relying on a broker, when there are so many issues and so many dollars (euros, pounds, whatever) and venues involved, just seems like a recipe for disaster.
Paul, I strongly suggest you get professional counsel involved to make sure all the contractual legalities are met and there are no further surprises. No matter how nice everyone is, all that you actually KNOW at this point, is that they all haven't been quite nice enough to give you a full picture of the complexities involved with this boat. There's a lot of money at stake, isn't there?
This almost sounds like a craps game
, "Wanna roll for double or nothing?".
Awfully high stakes.