Art and cultural institutions
Buying, selling and viewing art is one of life's great pleasures. But it is also a sophisticated business that requires the very best legal advice.
We advise 40% of the 200 top art dealers listed in ARTnews Top Collectors publication, as well as many of the world’s leading collectors. We have been involved in a number of the highest profile matters of recent times including the controversial “Canyon” case and the Richard Prince litigation. We work with international galleries and museums. Working for many of the most successful people and cultural institutions in the world means much of what we do is confidential. But it’s fair to say that our connections among our client base provide us with sector expertise that is unmatched by most other law firms.
Protecting your success
We are the largest law firm in the world championing the interests of successful individuals and families. Whether you are deal making, tax planning or fighting to protect your investment, we have the right lawyers around the world to help. Art law partner Diana Wierbicki is listed by artnetnews as one of the world’s most highly-influential art lawyers focusing on structuring transactions, while Dean Nicyper on the litigation side has advised on the two biggest art fraud cases in the past decade and helps one of two largest art auction houses in dozens of lawsuits concerning authenticity and the purchase, loaning and movement of art. Celia Lloyd Davidson in the UK has a reputation for her specialist knowledge of the creative sector; she works closely with many leading commercial galleries, museums and artists. Her focus is intellectual property and commercial advice which covers a wide range of issues, from acquisitions and loans to archive management, copyright issues, curation, commissions and collaborations.She is ranked in the art and cultural property section of Legal 500 2017 which says: Celia Lloyd Davidson is ‘very alert to the commercial realities of each situation’. On the litigation side in London, Eleni Polycarpou has over 10 years’ experience of dealing with all kinds of art related disputes both in litigation and in arbitration, including two of the most well-known stolen art cases and restitution cases plus all kinds of title, authenticity and consignment disputes acting for collectors, artists, art galleries, art insurers, dealers and auctioneers. She has been ranked in the legal 500 directory for art and cultural property for the last 3 years. The 2017 listing says, “Eleni Polycarpou who heads the art litigation team, is ‘an excellent litigator to have on your side and is relentless in pursuing her clients’ best interests’;”
Art meets fashion
The lines between art and fashion have always been blurred but arguably never more so than today. As the law firm for successful people, fashion is a major area of work for us and we’ve worked on some of the world’s ultimate collaborations between high fashion and art.
We have a long history of representing museums, libraries and other important cultural assets. Our in-depth understanding of the legal issues faced in this specialist area is enhanced by many of our lawyers serving or having served on various boards of directors, as in-house counsel and trustee.
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