Lawrence Kaye is co-chair of Herrick’s world-renowned Art Law Group. Kaye is known internationally as an art lawyer who handles both litigation and transactional matters. He has litigated significant matters including title and authenticity disputes, fraud and misappropriation, gallery disputes, breach of contract actions and is an expert in the art restitution field. He represents individual and institutional stakeholders including collectors, artists, estates, families and family offices, nonprofits, museums and galleries in various high-end art transactions, including auction and private treaty sales, international trade issues, art loans and financing, museum and private exhibitions, the organization and structuring of art related businesses, insurance and estate issues.
His representations include the estate of an art collector in an historic sale highlighted by the record sale price for a world-renowned Picasso painting. He was a lead attorney in a landmark case in which two masterpieces stolen during the Second World War were recovered and returned to the Weimar Art Museum. He represented the heirs of a famous Dutch Jewish art dealer in the recovery of 200 Nazi-looted artworks from the Dutch Government and the Republic of Turkey in recoveries of valuable antiquities, including the Lydian Hoard and approximately 1800 Greek and Lycian coins