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Recap and Analysis: Responsible Art Market Initiative Launched in Geneva

I was pleased to attend last week in Geneva “Building an Art Market for the Future—Guidelines for Countering Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Threats” hosted by the Fondation pour le Droit d’Art (Art Law Foundation)...more

Not What I Signed Up For: California’s New Autograph Law

Memorabilia dealers operating in California now have a new certificate-of-authenticity requirement. AB 1570, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires a detailed certificate of authenticity for all autographed items sold by...more

Trial of Art Dealer Accused of Tax Fraud and Money Laundering by French Tax Authorities Ends With Judgement of Acquittal

On 12 January, the Paris Criminal Court acquitted Guy Wildenstein, who was facing the possibility of two years in prison and a €250 million fine, and other members of his family as well as their trustees and advisors who were...more

Not What I Signed Up For: CA’s New Autograph Law

Effective January 1, 2017, art dealers operating in California will have a new certificate of authenticity requirement. AB 1570, recently signed into law by Governor Brown, requires a certificate of authenticity for all...more

Art Advisors are Not Always Fiduciaries—Lawsuit over Cady Noland "Log Cabin" Dismissed

The ongoing saga between Yves Bouvier and Dmitri Rybolovlev over Bouvier’s sale to the Russian billionaire of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi (and a recent preemptive suit by Sotheby’s against the original sellers of the work to...more

The Re-emergence of Art Market Tax Investigations and the Domestic Freeport as a Tax Safe Haven

On May 12, 2006, Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Robert M. Morgenthau announced that L. Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco International, would pay US$3.2 million to settle charges of avoiding sales tax on 12 paintings he...more

Crime Doesn’t Pay (as much as it used to) – FBI Cracks Down on Trade of Looted Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Artifacts

In support of the international crackdown on the black market trade of looted cultural artifacts, the FBI recently announced that art dealers may be prosecuted for engaging in the trade of stolen Iraqi and Syrian antiquities....more

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