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Withers LLP

Art and Cultural Property Law

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International firm Withers is one of the only firms in the world to have a cross-border art law practice; it has well-rated art law teams in New York and London, and lawyers in other offices have art industry expertise as well. "What is really great about Withers and Diana Wierbicki is it's kind of a one-stop shop for all issues related to the sale of artwork," says an interviewee, explaining that "Diana and her team not only operate in New York but also in the international context that Withers has a footprint in, in London and Hong Kong."

The New York team handles a range of transactional and litigation mandates for owners and collectors, auction houses, galleries and foundations. The team is particularly praised for its expertise in art taxation. "I find the team at Withers to be extremely knowledgeable and professional," says another interviewee, adding: "Whenever I had questions on behalf of clients, they were always answered promptly and with the most accurate information available, as well as recommending the most practical approach."

Notable practitioners

Dean Nicyper handles significant art litigation work, including art fraud matters and contentious estates involving art assets. "Dean is a natural problem solver and creative thinker; anyone who has worked with Dean would know that he has a genuine passion for untangling thorny legal issues and achieving the best results for his clients," says a source, adding: "Also, he leads by example – he is not the type of law partner who attracts clients then sits back and gives assignments but, rather, is hands-on and immerses himself in his team's collaboration."

Diana Wierbicki leads Withers' global art practice. "I think she is very capable," says an interviewee, adding: "She is extremely knowledgeable about tax issues. I would turn to her for any issues regarding taxation and art." Another says they have "found her to be an incredibly impressive person who cares a lot about the industry." A third source concludes: "If you are an art business operating worldwide, Diana is the go-to person for advice and guidance. Her style is clear: she is approachable, smart and confident; all the things a good attorney should be for their clients."

Special counsel Georges Lederman is a white-collar criminal litigation specialist who often works on looted antiquities matters and other types of art crime. "His expertise is first-rate," says a source, adding: "He was responsive and he has a true talent for simplifying very complex matters so that they are understandable to a wide audience." One interviewee says that Lederman "has an exceptional reputation in the community as being a straight shooter," and another adds: "He is a thoroughly good investigator. He is honest, judges like him and juries like him, and that is a big deal."

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Overview

Withers has a leading global art practice that regularly advises on major art transactions and a wide range of other legal matters that have art at their core. Whether advising artists, collectors, galleries, estates, private museums, art consultants, appraisers, or other art industry participants, domestically or internationally, Withers is known for its deep understanding of all facets of the art market. Keeping client objectives front-of-mind, Withers takes pride in being solution-oriented and in providing clients with practical, accessible advice. Withers is the only art law practice in the US to have the support of a global team across both US coasts, Europe, and Asia Pacific, enabling us to service international art transactions and clients by providing seamless cross-jurisdictional advice coupled with on-the-ground availability. The art practice regularly works in close collaboration with Withers’ tax, philanthropy, estate planning, dispute resolution, immigration, real estate, and corporate teams to produce clear, comprehensive advice that enables our clients to utilize the depth and variety of our expertise. 

Members

Lee, Patricia

Nicyper, Dean

Pallen, Kimberly

Rottermund, Amanda

Roy, Paul

Stark, Kenley

Verano, Sarah

Industries

Art

Art and Cultural Property Law

Withers LLP

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Location

430 Park Avenue

10th Floor

New York

New York

USA

NY 10022-3505

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Art and Cultural Property Law


Dean Nicyper
Band 2
Diana Wierbicki
Band 1
Georges Lederman
Band 3