12 August 2020 - Article
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
‘What a senate investigation means for the art market,’ Withers - 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,’ 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
‘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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