Media and entertainment: Art in France

De Baecque Fauré Bellec

De Baecque Fauré Bellec represents high-profile artist estates, renowned art galleries as well as several French and US museums and collectors. The boutique notably advises on contemporary art law, often in the context of the sale and purchase of art work. The group also assists clients with IP rights, contracts and the negotiation of donations from major museums and galleries. Additionally, the team impresses with its strong litigation expertise and frequent work in estate inheritance cases, art sale annulment disputes and theft and criminal restitution proceedings. A recent highlight was the headline case involving the alleged theft of 271 Picasso art works. Olivier de Baecque is the key contact. Stéphane Bellec is also involved.

Practice head(s):

Olivier de Baecque

Other key lawyers:

Stéphane Bellec


‘The firm’s art industry expertise allows for uniquely tailored legal advice to suit clients’ objectives. Lawyers live, work and interact daily with the Parisian art world, giving them unparalleled access and insight in real time.’

‘This practice is unique because of its perfect expertise in art law and media.’

‘Olivier de Baecque is one, if not the best, in art law in France. He has a perfect knowledge in art and a perfect expertise in art law from copyright to contract law. His excellent English and his expertise of US law are especially appreciated for complex litigation.’

Key clients

Maya Widmayer Picasso

University of Oklahoma / Fred Jones Museum

Work highlights

  • Acted for Maya Widmayer Picasso in a landmark dispute regarding the theft and illegal appropriation of  271 of Pablo Picasso’s art works.

Cabinet Neuer

Cabinet Neuer's Jean-Jacques Neuer is adviser to several of France's most admired modern painters, sculptors and artists' estates. He regularly represents clients involved in criminal proceedings in relation to major art works, notably linked to issues such as art work theft, money laundering and fake copies. Other work includes the representation of several key clients from the book publishing sector.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Jacques Neuer

Key clients

Brancusi estate

Picasso estate

Giacometti Foundation

Klein estate

Arman estate

Pamina Avocats

Pamina Avocats' public law expert Rémi Sermier is a key adviser to leading auction house Sotheby’s whom he regularly represents in art market auction disputes. Sermier also recently advised the famous auction house on several high-profile collectors' estate art auctions. Other clients include a major art institute and several galleries and collectors.

Practice head(s):

Rémi Sermier 

Key clients


Wildenstein Plattner Institute

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sotheby’s in proceedings relating to the sale of fake furniture pieces by XVII and XVIII centuries furniture expert Bill Pallot.
  • Acted for Wildenstein Plattner Institute in a dispute with the daughter of artist Maurice De Vlaminck which challenged the transfer of the Wildenstein Institute’s activities to a new non-profit entity named Wildenstein Plattner Institute.