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Company

Hunters Law

Position

Partner

Index

Art Lawyers

Legal

Lifestyle & Passion Investments

Location

London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Portfolio management

Provenance

Asset class

Landed estates

Client types

Entrepreneurs

Business owners

Families

Geographical focus

Germany

United Kingdom

Italy

France

United States

Sector focus

Art Products

Profile

Gregor Kleinknecht

Description

Gregor Kleinknecht’s career started in his native Germany, where he qualified as a ‘Rechtsanwalt’ in 1995. A year later, the lawyer successfully qualified in England, going on to work at two leading international City of London law firms and at a US law firm, before founding the award-winning Mayfair boutique firm Klein Solicitors. In 2014, Kleinknecht joined Hunters as a partner in the art, dispute resolution and business services departments upon the merger of the two firms. With an emphasis on international commercial dispute resolution and complex, high value cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation cases, the practice has been a roaring success.

Kleinknecht advises on the contractual aspects of commissioning, buying or selling art, whether through commissioning agreements with artists, agency or gallery agreements, private treaty sales, or consignment by auction, including advice on pre-acquisition, due diligence and provenance. Kleinknecht has consulted on matters such as the loan of artworks for exhibition, the use of artworks as collateral for financial transactions, and the restoration and insurance of artworks. When disputes arise, he represents clients in relation to contract and title disputes, historical restitution claims, questions of misattribution or authenticity of artworks and/or exported artefacts.

As well as being a leader in art and cultural heritage law, Kleinknecht’s practice is also characterised by a strong international IP practice, focusing on brand protection and the exploitation, protection and enforcement of trademarks, domain names, design rights and copyright. Kleinknecht’s disputes and transactional practice in art and cultural heritage law is a recognised leader in the field; a client book of private and institutional art collectors, art dealers, commercial art galleries, fine art agents, funding organisations, various private and public institutions, and sovereign governments is testament to that. He has also acted for multinational corporations, banks and other financial institutions, sports personalities, family offices, private clients and an Ivy League university.

The Hunters partner lives and breathes art, demonstrated by the staggering volume of extracurriculars into which he throws himself. He is a founding member and chairs the board of the Professional Advisers to the International Art Market (PAIAM), is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law (Member of the Steering Committee for Art & Cultural Heritage), a member of the Institute of Art and Law (IAL), and many, many more.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2021, Art Lawyers

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