Burgess expands

Burgess is entering the South American market thanks to a new partnership with BYS International.

04 April 2024


Burgess, a leading full-service superyacht firm, is launching into South America with the announcement of its partnership with BYS International (Brazil Yacht Services) based in Brazil.

This initiative is an evolution of the Burgess’ commitment to the region’s superyacht market, developed over the last decade.

With an established portfolio of South American-based superyacht owners and charterers, Burgess has a history of investment in reconnaissance visits to the region and is now looking to build its presence there.

BYS International was founded in 2012 by a team with more than 40 years of experience in the superyacht industry. Starting off as a local agency, BYS expanded into management, brokerage and charter and has since grown internationally.

The company was first introduced to Burgess in 2014, and the two companies have worked closely ever since.


Managing Partner of BYS International João Raphael Kossmann has a background in finance and investment banking. His days in yachting began 12 years ago after an investment in the first Latin American-based superyacht agency (soon to become BYS International Yachting), of which he soon assumed the role of managing partner.

Kossmann led the expansion of the agency into a full-service yacht boutique, setting up charter, charter management and brokerage services and led it into an international expansion, establishing its presence on three continents.

“I am very enthusiastic about this partnership and the potential for such cooperation,” says Kossmann. “Burgess and BYS first interacted in 2014, when we executed our first yacht charter agreement. This is the natural next step.

“The potential of bringing to our clients the vast array of services and experience of a yachting superpower like Burgess is huge.

“They will continue to feel at home while having all the support, experience and global reach. It is very rewarding to be here, and we definitely see positive years on the horizon.”

Matt Emerson, director of Americas at Burgess, adds: “The South American market has always been very important to Burgess, and therefore, we are very excited to announce this partnership.

“It is the natural progression for Burgess to expand into South America while ensuring we keep the local expertise of a world-renowned company on the ground.

“We have been working closely with BYS International for many years, and we are delighted we can now formalise this arrangement.”



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