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Art law

Art law offerings

The global art market has undergone rapid expansion and transformation in the last few years, from a relatively stable niche sector involving a handful of dealers, museums and collectors, into a worldwide multi-billion dollar dynamic industry.

This change has drastically revised the collecting customs and museum practices involving disputes over art transactions, as well as claims regarding looted art and stolen cultural antiquities. Art law as it is practiced today embraces a number of disparate practices and knowledge bases: contract, tax, intellectual property, bankruptcy, insurance, estate planning and personal property law.

Further, given the international nature of many art transactions today and the different foreign treaties and customs regulations implicated, even regular participants in today’s market are unsure of their legal rights and obligations.

Our art law practice

Our art law group benefits from being part of one of the largest global law firms, with more than 50 office locations throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. We are uniquely situated to advise clients on all legal matters arising from the acquisition, shipping, insurance, ownership, loan, consignment and disposition of fine art and cultural antiquities, including related rights to such works.

Our art law work

In addition, we leverage our contacts in the global art market to provide the best tailored non-legal counsel for clients with respect to authenticity, provenance, acquisition consultation and management, appraisals, art historical research and conservation and forensic analysis.

We offer experienced counsel to US and global clients in numerous art-related matters, including acquisition, import, sale and charitable disposition of works of art. With more than 20 years experience in art-related legal matters, we have developed both the knowledge and the relationships throughout the field that are essential to effective representation.

Global platform Areas of advice
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Latin America
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Central Asia
  • art dealers
  • consignors
  • museums
  • non-profit organizations
  • artists
  • estates and trusts
  • private collectors
  • film producers
  • archivists
  • forensic investigators
  • restorers / conservators