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Mishcon de Reya




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Art Products


Karen Sanig


Head of the Art Law department she founded in 1995 – the UK’s first – Mishcon de Reya’s Karen Sanig, believes ‘the art market is like no other. It’s a law unto itself. Those collecting art at the upper echelons very often throw caution to the wind when they are pursuing their passion. Such behaviour can lead to decisions they’d never make in an ordinary business environment concerning the same sums of money.’

Sanig is the global representative for clients that include artists and their estates, collectors, art foundations, charities, dealers, auction houses, galleries, museums and governments.

She advises on a wide range of art-related matters, such as sale and purchase of art, artists’ rights, their legacy, creation and management of artists’ estates, disputes over attribution, authenticity and ownership, cultural heritage, restitution of looted cultural property (including Nazi-looted art), art finance and tax-efficient art ownership structures. Sanig’s international network of relevant art market experts is vast and impressive, and has proved to be a vital tool in navigating this complicated terrain.

She’s positive for the future, believing the art market can flourish in the face of the current challenges. ‘In today’s uncertain world, the art market manages to thrive by showing huge adaptability. Art fairs, auctions and exhibitions have switched online with relative ease. At the same time, there remains a huge appetite for seeing the actual art in reality, which bodes well for future business.’

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2020, Art Lawyers



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