Our art law practice advises art collectors, galleries, museums, private auction houses, charitable organizations and art market professionals worldwide on all legal and regulatory issues connected with fine art, antiques and heritage property.
We provide a global service from our offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Geneva and Milan. Our lawyers are not simply lawyers, they are authors, former general counsel of the main auction houses, hold public appointments and have broad experience with the arts, art business and non-profit institutions.
We provide assistance with tax-deferred like-kind exchanges, inheritance tax, gifts and other tax planning and structuring, cross-border art transactions, dispute resolution and regulatory matters (including import/export duties, customs regulations and anti money-laundering compliance). We also advise on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights including in relation to limited edition prints, photographs, sculptures, revived term and derivative works.
We provide guidance to commercial galleries and dealers including advising on consignment, sale and purchase and agency agreements. We assist museums and public galleries on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from the acquisition of new artworks to matters of governance, gifts and legacies, loans and fund-raising. We act for a number of art investment funds, and advise on securing loans backed by art in Europe, America and Asia. Our team works with organizations on all aspects of their day-to-day business, from merchandising contracts and website terms, through to installation, maintenance and publicity.
Our clients include the World Monuments Funds, the UK Film Council and the Guild of Art Scholars, many of the world’s top dealers and collectors, foreign governments and state-funded cultural organizations such as the Italian Republic.
'Withers LLP is 'professional and technically proficient'.
Legal 500, 2014
Art Related Publications Published by Our Art Law Team
- G. Cipollini, "No immunity in Italy", Arts Professional, November 3, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and P. Roy, "New IRS Rule Opens Tax Saving Strategy To Art Collectors," Forbes, September 21, 2016.
- D.Wierbicki and A. Rottermund, "Art Auctions and Fair Market Value for Estate Tax Purposes,"American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, September 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and S. Pickering, "No Strings Attached," STEP Journal, Volume 24/Issue 7.
- D.Wierbicki, "New York Sales Tax Settlement Could Change The Way Art World (And Others) Do Business," Forbes, August 9, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "How Art Can Blow Apart Your Estate," Barron's Penta, June 18, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "The Law Behind New York's Multi-Million-Dollar Art-World Tax Probe, Explained," Artsy, May 19, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and S. Cohen, "How Art Collectors Can Stay Out of Tax Trouble in New York," Forbes, May 10, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Honorable Mention, “10 of the Art World’s Most Powerful Lawyers,” Artnet News, April 29, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Speaker, "The Four Stages of Collecting – Part II: Legal and Tax Issues," One Art Nation, April 25, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and A. Rottermund, "Transparency and Authenticity," Deloitte Art & Finance Report 2016, Pg. 148, April 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "A depressed art market: not a bad time to die," The Art Newspaper, April 1, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Art's Beauty in a Money World," China Daily Asia, April 1, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Art Collectors Discover Irrevocable Trusts," The Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Art has become a financing tool which is common in Europe and the US" Hong Kong Economic Times, March 25, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Law firm Withers cautions art can be used as money laundering tool", The Standard, March 25, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Art draws keen interest from wealthy Asians and regulators alike, says Withers", Asian Private Banker, March 23, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, "Smart Art Mart", The Peak Hong Kong, March 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and A. Rottermund, "Freeports for the Art World," Art, Auctions & Antiques Report, wealthmanagement.com, February 19, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki and A. Rottermund, "Art and death taxes: Not so certain," InvestmentNews, February 11, 2016.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Tax Free and Art Here," Franffurter Allgemeine, November 21, 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Speaker, Art Law Day 2015, Appraisers Association of America, Inc., New York, NY, November 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "How do you tell the difference between philanthropy and a tax write-off?," The Art Newspaper, November 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted, "Art Collectors Find Safe Harbor in Delaware’s Tax Laws," New York Times, October 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted in "Auktionshuses smarte salgsmetoder tiltrækker tyve (Auction house of slick sales techniques attracts thieves)," Politiken, May 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted in "Has the Art Market Topped?," Barron's Asia, May 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Panelist in "Art: How to Love It and Leverage It," J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Greenwich, CT, May 2015.
- D. Wierbicki,"The President's Attack on Like-Kind Exchanges," Trusts & Estates, May 2015.
- D. Wierbicki and B.Keum, "Whose Art Is It Anyway? Toeing the Line Between What’s Yours and the Company’s,"Trusts & Estates, April 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, "Want to Avoid U.S. Taxes on $80 Million Warhol? Buy More Art.," Bloomberg Business, April 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Panelist in "Symposium on Law and Art as Investment," Cardozo Art Law Society and Cardozo Business Law Society, New York, NY, April 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Panelist in "Art as an Alternative Investment Class for Institutional Investors – Art Funds and Other Forms of Art Investment and Certain Related Legal Issues," International Bar Association Conference: Pure Love of Art versus Mere Investment, London, UK, March 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Quoted in "What You Should Know Before Going to Art Basel," Barron's Asia, March 2015.
- D. Wierbicki, Speaker in "The Art of Transferring Art: Provocative Insights on Art Succession," Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Los Angeles, CA, January 2015.
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