Cultural assets & art

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.

Recent work

  • Advising an Italian individual in a dispute with a UK auction house concerning the authenticity of a painting sold to him.
  • Acting for an Italian family on the structuring of their international art collection.


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