16 February 2022 - Article
Represented a senior curator at a major international museum in a #MeToo investigation alleging sexual assault and other misconduct in the workplace
Representing prominent art galleries before the US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control with anti-money laundering compliance as relating to "blocked persons" who have provided financial support to international terrorist organizations.
Representing a notorious antiquities dealer who has been indicted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office for conspiracy, grand larceny and related crimes and is accused of being the mastermind behind an international smuggling ring that has stolen over $100 million of cultural heritage property belonging to India.
Represented a “commercial paleontologist” who was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with smuggling into the United States dinosaur fossils from Mongolia, assembling a life-size Tyrannosaurus skeleton and attempting to sell the skeleton at auction. The case became the subject of an award-winning book entitled “The Dinosaur Artist” in 2018.
Represented the authenticators and authors of an artist’s catalogue raisonné in a federal civil action in the Southern District of New York accusing them of fraud involving the purchase and resale of one of the artist’s paintings.
Represented one of the leading dealers in New York of South Asian antiquities in a criminal complaint filed by the New York County District Attorney’s Office alleging an international conspiracy involving the theft of cultural heritage property from foreign countries and its importation into the United States.
Represented collectors in a “turnover” proceeding instituted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office to repatriate an archaic marble bull’s head to the source country and in a related federal civil action in the Southern District of New York to clear title to the artifact.
Represented targets and witnesses in multiple New York State sales tax investigations conducted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance regarding the purchase of high value artwork and other high net worth assets.
Represented the owner of $90 million in antiquities in a federal civil action in the Southern District of New York against the Swiss Government and its instrumentalities for unlawful seizure of those antiquities in violation of international law.
Represented a dealer of fine minerals before the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in an investigation involving the theft of high-value minerals from a major collector.
Advised auction houses on issues relating to the possession and transfer of cultural heritage property.
Represented collectors before the United States Fish and Wildlife Service involving the seizure of items derived from endangered species.
Represented multiple witnesses before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in an administrative proceeding investigating the issuance of fraudulent loans that resulted in a bank’s receivership.
Conducted an internal investigation into employee misconduct for an international retailer of fine jewelry and watches.
Represented a victim of sexual assault in a labor relations arbitration in which an internationally renowned orchestra is seeking the dismissal of two of its section musicians.
New York, 1986
‘Inigo Philbrick’s 7-Year Sentence for $86 Million Fraud Has Rattled the Art World,’ ARTnews - May 26, 2022, quoted
‘The U.S. Supreme Court Sends Decades-Long Case Over Nazi-Looted Pissarro Back to California Court,’ ARTnews - April 22, 2022, quoted
‘The Financial Community Is Shutting Its Doors to Russia. Will the Art Market Follow?,’ Artnet - March 1, 2022, quoted
‘U.S. Treasury Identifies Art Market Money Laundering as Area of Concern,’ Trust & Estates - February 23, 2022, co-authored
‘US Treasury’s AML report weighs against increased regulations in art market for now,’ Withers article - February 16, 2022, co-author
‘Top Croatian government official sentenced for corruption involving art,’ The Art Newspaper - February 14, 2022, quoted
‘Prince Andrew still has options in his sex abuse civil case. But none look good.,’ CNN - January 13, 2022, quoted
‘Why Ghislaine Maxwell’s witness may have ‘powerful and credible’ evidence from Prince Andrew,’ The Bharat Express News - January 12, 2022, quoted
‘Why Ghislaine Maxwell Witness May Have ‘Powerful and Credible’ Prince Andrew Evidence,’ Newsweek -January 12, 2022, quoted
‘Standby for more information: New AML regulations governing antiquities trade are on the way,’ Withers Insight - December 17, 2021, co-author
‘Billionare Michael Steinhardt Surrenders $70 Million of Stolen Antiquities,’ Trusts & Estates - December 9, 2021, quoted
‘A swindler’s playground: why is the art market so appealing to fraudsters?,’ The Art Newspaper - November 26, 2021, quoted
‘DOJ Reloads Key Weapon In Fight Against Corporate Crime,’ Law360 - October 29, 2021, quoted
‘Authorities Return 248 Looted Antiquities to India,’ The New York Times - October 28, 2021, quoted
‘FinCEN advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the antiquities trade,’ Withers Insight - September 23, 2021, author
‘Prince Andrew Lawsuit Over Jeffrey Epstein Is ‘Game Over’ for Queen’s Son, Lawyer Says,’ Newsweek - August 10, 2021, quoted
‘National Gallery of Australia to return $2.2M of ‘stolen’ artworks to India,’ CNN - July 29, 2021, quoted
‘What the US government sanctions of prominent Bulgarian art collector Vassil Bojkov mean for the art market,’ The Art Newspaper - July 23, 2021, quoted
‘Withers global art team recognized by Chambers 2021 HNW guide,’ Withers Insight - July 23, 2021, co-author
‘A digital art gold rush? – the regulators are watching,’ Withers Insight - April 1, 2021, co-author
‘Why Ghislaine Maxwell’s Jeffrey Epstein bail bid is ‘not going to work,’ Newsweek - February 25, 2021, quoted
‘New York State continues to investigate tax evasion in art sales,’ Withers Insight - November 12, 2020, co-author
‘OFAC advisory notice highlighting potential sanctions risks stemming from dealing in high-value artwork,’ Withers Insight - November 4, 2020, author
‘What a senate investigation means for the art market,’ Withers Insight - August 12, 2020, author
‘Sales Tax Legislation – the Bane of the Art Market?,’ Arts & Collections - May 22, 2020, co-author
‘Art Market Enforcement During the Pandemic,’ Trust & Estates - April 24, 2020, co-author
‘Christie’s To Pay Up To $16.7 Million In Tax Violation Settlement,’ Forbes - April 10, 2020, quoted
‘The Art Market Adjusts: The impact of the government’s decreased oversight of private sale of antiquities and other artwork,’ Withers - March 31, 2020, co-author
‘Mary Boone sued by former director for withholding wages and ‘misappropriating’ more than $10m,’ The Art Newspaper - February 27, 2020, quoted
‘Investigator Say a Rig Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts,’ The New York Times – July 10, 2019, quoted
‘New York Files Charges Against Disgraced Art Dealer Subhash Kapoor in $145 Million Smuggling Ring,’ Artnet News – July 11, 2019, quoted
‘NYC Art Dealer Charged with Smuggling $145 in Artifacts,’ Law360 – July 11, 2019, quoted
‘Tough New Scrutiny by District Attorney Rattles New York Antiquities Trade,’ The Art Newspaper – March 9, 2018, quoted
‘Stolen "Bull’s Head" Headed Back to Lebanon,’ The Wall Street Journal - October 11, 2017, quoted
‘Prominent Antiquities Dealer Accused of Selling Stolen Artifacts,’ The New York Times - December 21, 2016, quoted
‘Galleries’ Records are Subpoenaed,’ The New York Times - February 4, 2015, quoted
‘New York DA Launches Secret Art Sales Tax Investigation,’ Artnet News, January 22, 2015, co-author
‘Emergency Advice for Art Dealers Facing a Sales Tax Investigation,’ Artnet News, February 10, 2015, co-author
New York City Bar Association
‘China’s Stolen Treasures | A Question of Ownership,’ BBC Podcast -March 29, 2022, speaker
‘Next Steps in AML compliance in the art market,’ Withers (Webinar) – March 16, 2022, speaker
‘Study of the facilitation of money laundering and terror finance through the trade in works of art,’ Sotheby’s Institute of Art – March 14, 2022, guest lecturer
NYCBA Art Law Committee - November 9,2021, speaker
‘Protecting your art: What you need to know about copyright, restitution, money laundering and other art transactions,’ American Society of Appraisers (Webinar) - October 20, 2020, speaker
‘Hot Topics in Art Law 2020,’ New York City Bar - October 1, 2020, speaker
‘US Sanctions and New Anti-Money Laundering Legislation: What it Means for the Art Market,’ San Francisco Bar Association – February 26, 2020, speaker
‘Sales and Use Tax: Do’s and Don’ts,’ The National Arts Club – November 6, 2016
Guest Faculty Member, New York County District Attorney’s Office Annual Trial Advocacy Program, 2008-present
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