Art, artefacts & cultural assets

Crefovi has an ‟Art, artefacts & cultural assets” industry group. This team is the adviser of choice for art galleries, museums, governments, art collectors, auction houses and art market professionals, on all legal issues connected with antique, modern and contemporary art.

Understanding the complexities of a global industry

While creating, owning and collecting art, artefacts & cultural assets are very enjoyable and rewarding lifetime passions, they entail obligations and responsibilities, in particular in the areas of cultural heritage, financial planning, intellectual property, as well as reputation and legacy.

Lawyers from the ‟Art, artefacts & cultural assets” industry group of Crefovi pride themselves on being leaders in the art law field. They even curate, and regularly publish articles, in their ‟Art law blog”. This industry group has a presence in most aspects of the art market, acting for individuals, businesses, non-profit organisations as well as institutions.

What we do in respect of art, artefacts & cultural assets

Our non-contentious work includes complex international cross-jurisdictional transactions covering a wide range of commercial agreements, creation of art funds and other art investment structures, and advice on anti-money laundering regulations. Our contentious work includes advising on cases of defective title, provenance, authenticity, attribution and reputation as well as criminal and fraudulent aspects of art.

Specialist services range from advice on sale, purchase, loan, consignment and financing of art to exploitation and protection of copyright and cultural heritage issues.

A multidisciplinary approach

Art law firm Crefovi represents art clients in matters involving:

  • Art lending and finance;
  • Art sale, purchase loan and consignment;
  • Due diligence;
  • Dispute resolution in cases of defective title, provenance, authenticity and attribution;
  • Tax issues and tax planning;
  • Art related aspects of estate, wills and trusts;
  • Art import, export and movement, customs regulations;
  • Creation, management and dissolution of art funds and other art investment structures;
  • Advising on cultural heritage property claims, including spoliation and restitution;
  • Exploitation and protection of intellectual property;
  • Art insurance;
  • Advice on auctioneers responsibilities, and
  • Advising on criminal and fraud aspects of art, including fakes, forgeries, money laundering and art theft.

A global network

While London and Paris based, we routinely work across borders. The vast majority of our engagements are multi-jurisdictional. We are used to working in multinational teams, and rely on our network of specialist lawyers for support in other jurisdictions.

The team has therefore established an extensive international network of art world contacts and a close association with other specialist art lawyers worldwide. Our history of successes in high profile, politically sensitive matters reflects an ability to act swiftly and with the utmost discretion.


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