According to the U.S. National Central Bureaus of Interpol, a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, the annual dollar value of art theft is exceeded only by the trafficking of illegal drugs and arms. And often, the criminal networks that traffics the sale of art are the same networks that deal in other illegal transactions.
We offer experienced counsel to U.S. and international clients in numerous art-related matters including acquisition, sale and charitable disposition of works of art.
With over more than 20 years of work in art-related legal matters, we have developed both the knowledge and the relationships throughout the field that are essential to effective representation. Our art law group has counseled a wide range of clients including:
- Art dealers
- Non-profit organizations
- Estates and trusts
- Private collectors
- Film producers
- Forensic investigators
Our art law group addresses all the key issues involving original works of art and reproductions, from dealers' duties and rights to artists' estates, copyright issues and international tax matters.
Art dealer issues: advising with respect to pre- and post-UCC law, consignment relationships, New York Cultural Affairs Statues and related areas.
Provenance: assisting with provenance related claims; drawing on experience from World War II looted art claims; utilizing access to leading experts; and addressing the various state and international legal standards, statutes and any applicable treaties.
Authenticity: reviews claims or warranties of authenticity, fakes and forgeries, and types of attribution.
Transactions and art loan agreements: structuring transactions, warranties, tax matters, public auctions and loan agreements for public exhibit of works.
Condition and restoration: addressing legal issues concerning works considered for purchase or already owned.
Philanthropy: assisting with the formation of private foundations and conditional gifts to existing institutions, as well as other donative transfers including charitable lead or remainder trusts.
Valuation: providing help in obtaining valuations for various purposes from insurance to income or estate tax planning.
Insurance: advising clients with insurance claims arising for any reason, from damage to theft to valuation-related issues.
As a full-service, international legal service, we are a complete resource for art law with large, highly-ranked teams in key disciplines such as:
- international arbitration
- intellectual property
- international trade
- e-commerce and licensing
- litigation, trusts and estates and