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Pierre Valentin

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Constantine Cannon LLP


Head of Constantine Cannon LLP international art law team. Advising art collectors, galleries, art dealers, auction houses, museums, artists, private banks, insurance companies, art investment funds and cultural institutions worldwide on all legal issues arising from creating, dealing, collecting and maintaining art; this includes advising on the sale and purchase of art, international trade, art investments, lending against art, taxation, intellectual property and dispute resolution.


Qualified 1996. Assistant solicitor Freshfields London; legal counsel ARCO UK; associate general counsel and senior director Sotheby’s Europe; European counsel Yahoo!; general counsel and company secretary Vox Generation; consultant then partner Withers LLP 2003-2012; founder and head of Withers’ Art and Cultural Assets Group for nine years. Partner at Constantine Cannon LLP since January 2013. Also a lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute, and Christie’s Education. Current directorships: Chair of the World Monuments Fund Britain; Trustee of the Artists Collecting Society; Founder and Chairman of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market. Regular public speaker and contributor to journals and books on art law.


French, Italian and Spanish.


Educated in Italy and Belgium; University of Brussels (Law Degree), London School of Economics (LLM).

London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Pierre Valentin - Constantine Cannon LLP

Within: Art and cultural property

Pierre Valentin at Constantine Cannon LLP is skilled at advising on a full range of issues from commercial matters, to regulatory and contentious art related issues. Valentin acts for private banks lending against artworks in the USA, Europe and Asia and is well regarded for his expertise in art finance. Senior associate Azmina Jasani also has significant experience of working with international collectors, large and small galleries as well as auction houses, professional advisers, dealers and financial institutions on an extensive range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has considerable transatlantic capacity with both UK and US-qualified lawyers. Notable clients include a prominent European industrial family, a European governmental owned entity, a partnership of British antiquities dealers as well as a pre-eminent New York jewellery dealer and a UK ultra-high-net-worth private art collector.

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