Art

Dedicated Offerings

_Some people have talent. Ours is to protect you. Our Wildgen 4 Art team brings together high-calibre lawyers who share the same passion for Art. They ensure clients take the right approach in every transaction by using tax-efficient vehicles, but also assist in commercial contracts and agreements, insurance issues, and pre-litigation and litigation matters.

Our Wildgen 4 Art experts work together with our tax and intellectual property (IP) lawyers specialising in asset taxation at national and international levels, trademarks, IP and new technologies, and in this way, we work as a one-stop shop delivering a first-class service.

OUR SERVICES

We are one of the few Luxembourg law firms to include a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in art law and who know the legal, fiscal and financial specifics of a globalised art market. ​​​

Contracts and civil law
  • Commissioning, assignment, and publishing agreements, artistic co-production contracts
  • General sales terms and conditions / AML regulation
  • Auction guarantees
  • Private and public auction disputes: nullity of sale, liability of auctioneers
  • “3D” : Divorce, Debts, Death
  • Insurance issues: theft, damage, transportation
  • Mediation and arbitration
Financing and taxes
  • Financing of acquisitions (including investment funds)
  • Art-secured lending
  • Tax structuring vehicles
  • Tax issues
  • Free zone / freeport regimes
  • Patronage, sponsorship, foundations and donations
  • Administrative procedures: exportation, importation, and rules governing protected cultural assets
Art law
  • Restitution of works of art
  • Fake and forgery
  • Professional’ responsibility
  • Artists' rights: copyright, rightsholders, social security
  • Art and new technologies
  • Exhibitions: art fairs, galleries, museums
Cultural heritage
  • Estate planning
  • Illicit trafficking of cultural goods
  • Archeological law
  • Immovable and movable heritage protection

 

OUR CLIENTS

We advise and represent art galleries, antique dealers, experts, auction companies, artists, collectors, High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs), family offices, insurers, banks, museums, and investors.

RECENT MATTERS INCLUDE:

For individuals and HNWIs:

  • Assistance in actions for restitution of masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance
  • Assistance in the sale of Claude Monet paintings
  • Assistance in the creation of a Luxembourg investment fund for classic cars

For galleries:

  • Assistance in a dispute regarding the damage caused to an exhibited work of art
  • Assistance in the purchase of Soulages paintings

For artists:

  • Assistance on the organisation of a bronze sculpture exhibition in the city of Luxembourg
  • Assisance on IP rights

For investors and companies:

  • Assistance in a dispute relating to the sale of Chinese imperial seals
  • Setting-up of a RAIF investing in Middle Eastern contemporary art
  • Assistance in the structuring of art financing activities from Luxembourg, for a US company


OUR EDGE

     knowledge In-depth knowledge of art law
  committed lawyers Determined and committed expert lawyers
  relevant experience Relevant experience in auctions, museums and cultural institutions
  costs Flexible and transparent fee arrangements
  expertise Great technical know-how of European, Luxembourg and International law
  match-making of clients Match-making clients with business opportunities


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MEMBERSHIPS 

LAFA Institut art et droit  

 


Luxembourg
  • Ideal financial, social and political environment
  • Flexible and trusted legal and regulatory frameworks
  • European hub with the necessary logistics for handling, storing and trading works of art and other valuables 
  • Luxembourg High Security Hub (former Freeport), duty-free and tax-free warehouse
  • Investment vehicles with favourable tax treatment 
  • Strict Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Terrorism Financing policy (AML/CTF)