TIAMSA Member News – CONF: Block Chain and the Art Market – Hype or Revolution? (2nd Art Law Conference organized by Libralex in cooperation with TIAMSA Legal and Christie’s Education; Christie’s London 6 May 2022)

Libralex, in cooperation with TIAMSA Legal and Christie’s Education, cordially invites you to its 2nd Art Law Conference at Christie’s London on 6 May 2022. Following the first Art Law Conference at Christie’s in New York in September 2019, Libralex will now bring together art market participants and professionals to discuss current legal issues revolving around art, finance and technology.

Three panels will discuss the impact of NFTs, tokenized artworks and other blockchain applications on the art and art finance markets. The panels will also address questions of provenance research, due diligence, compliance and tax. The keynote speaker is Dirk Boll (Christie’s).

To register for this free event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.de/e/art-law-conference-blockchain-and-the-art-market-hype-or-revolution-tickets-296663718167?


12 noon – Arrival

12:30 pm – Welcome by the Organizers
12:45 pm – KEYNOTE by Dirk Boll: How It All Happened
1:15 pm – PANEL I
NFT – Tokenized Artworks: What You See Is What You Get?
Intellectual property law and contract law issues relating to the offering and the purchase of NFTs and tokenized artworks. What do artists who create an NFT have to observe? What do collectors who purchase an NFT have to be aware of? What should investors who buy tokens of fractionalized physical artworks keep in mind?
Gordon Berger, NFT artist
Katharina Garbers-von Boehm, Partner | Büsing Müffelmann & Theye Sylvain Levy, DSL collection
Shirin Marquart, CEO | 360X Art AG

MODERATOR: Rebecca Attree, Mediator

2:30 pm – Coffee

2:45 pm – PANEL II
Do Tokens Finally Make an Asset Class Like any Other?
Art has been an investment class for a long time, but it has always been a very special one. Before the art world went “digital” and NFTs as well as tokenized artworks gained traction, fine art was the subject matter of more conventional financial transactions such as art lending. What are the regulatory challenges when offering investments in, or lending against, NFTs vs. more traditional models of art finance? What are the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of investing in tokenized art or NFTs from an investor’s perspective? This panel will discuss regulatory issues surrounding NFTs and tokenized art as investment class, including AML and tax issues, and give an overview on investment opportunities relating to the new asset class.
Jon-Selous Borlace, tax law specialist | Old Square Tax Chambers Omri Bouton, Associate | Sheridans
Guido Contesso, Managing Partner | EBW Capital Limited
Martin Donoghue, Partner | William Sturges LLP Freya Stewart, CEO | The Fine Art Group

MODERATOR: Paddy Kelly, Partner, Laytons

4:15 PM – Coffee

4:45 pm – PANEL III
The Provenance of Art. Will Provenance Research and Due Diligence Ever Be Replaced by the Blockchain?
So far, there is no such thing as a central, public register for owners of artworks. Therefore, from a legal as well as from a practical point of view, due diligence regarding the provenance of an artwork is key in order to establish if the seller is the owner and can pass clean title. This can be fastidious and sometimes a ‘mission impossible’. Will this soon change due to blockchain-based applications?

Amelie Ebbinghaus, Lawyer | The Art Loss Register
Angelina Giovani, art historian and provenance researcher | Flynn & Giovani 
Nanne Dekking, COO | Artory
Abigail Price, Senior Underwriter – Fine Art and Specie | The Hartford Group
Martha Visser, Attorney | Bergh Stop & Sanders
Richard Aronowitz-Mercer, Global Head of Restitution | Christie’s
MODERATOR: Philipp Nuernberger, TIAMSA Legal

6:15 pm – Closing Remarks by the Organizers, followed by Drinks until 7pm

6 May 2022, 12pm – 7pm BST
Christie’s Education, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT, United Kingdom

Libralex, in collaboration with:
TIAMSA Legal / Christie’s Education