Dreikoenigstrasse 34, 8002 Zurich
Place du Bourg-de-Four 4, 1204 Geneva
Selling collections or raising finance in lieu of a sale
Loaning works to a museum or gallery
Managing and protecting art collections
Establishing and managing art trusts, while taking other assets into account, providing guidance on setting up arts-related foundations
Tax advice and assessments in relation to art transactions
Disputes: Collectors, Trustees and Artists
Other art-related mandates
I am a Geneva-based UK Solicitor and South African Barrister focused on the intersection of private client law, art law transactions and disputes. I advise private collectors, family offices, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, trustees and bankers on all aspects of art as an asset and on trust law issues.
My advisory work embraces art transactions (including implementing robust art due diligence strategies), art finance (collateral), loans to museums, insurance-related issues, import and export regulations, logistics and art-related aspects of estates, wills and trusts.
My Staff Attorney experience at the Claims Resolution Tribunal arbitrating restitution claims to holocaust era assets means that I am also well-placed to assist clients in recovering stolen and looted artworks. I draw on my experience in International Law to advise clients on cultural heritage risks in art transactions.
My art practice is complemented by a trust law practice developed at various Swiss-based law firms and my own law practice, which focuses on trustee indemnities, challenges to jurisdiction (including submission to jurisdiction), variation of trusts (including Public Trustee type applications), capacity issues, marriage contracts (pre-nuptial and post-nuptial), inheritance and forced heirship claims. I also advise on NDA’s.
I am a Professional Advisor to the International Art Market (“PAIAM”) and a Member of the Art Law Foundation in Geneva. I read a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College.
I am a member of the Artworks Committee of a South Africa institution dedicated to collecting and exhibiting art focused on issues of justice, democracy and constitutionalism, and I advise the Trustee owners on issues surrounding the curation and conservation of the growing collection.
I am interested in restitution, authenticity disputes and the use of blockchain technology to enhance the robustness of the art market.