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Karen Sanig

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Private client; defamation and privacy.


Karen is Head of Art Law at Mishcon de Reya. She founded the Group in 1995.  Karen represents clients across the globe, including artists and their estates, collectors, dealers, art foundations and charities, auction houses, galleries, museums and governments.  She advises on a wide range of art related matters such as sale and purchase of art, artists' rights, their legacy, creation and management of artists estates, disputes over attribution, authenticity and ownership, cultural heritage matters and restitution of looted cultural property.

The legal directories describe Karen as 'pre-eminent in the field of art and cultural property'. She is regularly published and provides commentary to the media in relation to art related legal issues. She often features on "Front Row", BBC Radio 4's flagship culture programme and is quoted widely on art related legal issues in the Art Newspaper, the Times and New York Times. She is honorary legal counsel for the State Hermitage Foundation Museum, Israel. She is also a Trustee of Camden Arts Centre.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Assistant, Mishcon de Reya

Articled Clifford Chance London and Paris


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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Karen Sanig - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Within: Art and cultural property

Mishcon de Reya LLP   has a ‘strong name and is a major presence in the art world’. The ‘brilliant’ team is headed by the ‘extremely well-knownKaren Sanig and is frequently involved in the biggest art transactions in the world and the most significant litigation in this area. Managing associate Amanda Gray is also recommended for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. It recently advised a client who was acting as agent for the seller in a cross-jurisdictional sale and purchase of an extremely high-value Impressionist masterpiece. The team advised on the consignment agreement with the seller, the duties as agent, the terms of sale and the commission that was to be received out of the sale. In a matter that showcases the team’s knowledge of art loan agreements, art trust structures and the value of reputations in the art world, the team is representing the art dealer Anthony D’Offay in connection with his substantial gift to the nation of contemporary art that was valued at £126m which has come under pressure as a result of the Tate’s public response to various press allegations. Other clients include Halcyon Gallery, Museum of Everything, Contemporary Art Society and Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel as well as the Arab Republic of Egypt.

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