Pierre Valentin

Position: Partner

Pierre is the partner in charge of the Art & Cultural Property Law Group practice.

Pierre has spent the last 25 years advising art collectors and art businesses on the law, first as in-house counsel to Sotheby’s and more recently as a partner of Withers LLP.

Pierre’s clients include art collectors, art galleries, art dealers, auction houses, artists, museums, private banks, family offices, insurance companies and art investment funds. About half of his clients are based in the UK and the rest of Europe, a quarter in the USA and the rest in the Middle East and Asia.

“Pierre lives and breathes art law. He is very well respected and is known by clients and other professionals in the art market as the go-to lawyer, particularly where there is a contentious angle” Chambers and Partners UK: Solicitors, A Client’s Guide, 2017 edition.

He represents clients in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in matters of ownership, valuation of art, fraud, authenticity, Nazi restitutions, and foreign nation recoveries. A firm believer in mediation, he supports clients through the mediation process. He has recently represented clients in LCIA arbitrations.

Pierre is praised by commentators as “one of the best exponents of art law in the business.” “A veritable giant in the field, he introduced art law to the firm, and now oversees a team looking after art collectors, artists and galleries, museums and foundations.”, says UK Spear’s 500, the annual publication that recognises the top private client advisers, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for HNW individuals.

Pierre structures, negotiates and documents the sale and purchase of blue-chip art and collectibles. He has a wealth of experience in handling all aspects of complex international transactions.

He has for many years acted for private banks lending against art in the USA, Europe and Asia. He is well known for his expertise in art finance.

‘Exceptional’ Pierre Valentin, who is ‘prompt to respond and concise in his advice’, and ‘creative and conscientious’ Legal 500 – 2011 Edition.

Pierre has been highly recommended as an expert on heritage property by Legal Experts year-on-year since 2008.

Pierre is regularly called upon to advise on intellectual property rights, with a particular emphasis on copyright and the resale right. He is a trustee of the Artist’s Collecting Society, one of the two societies collecting copyright and the resale right on behalf of artists in the UK.

Pierre advises art market professionals and businesses on a wide range of regulatory issues including import & export controls, anti-money laundering, endangered species and consumer protection.

He is a qualified CEDR mediator. He is an accredited mediator to the World Intellectual Property Office in Geneva.

Pierre Valentin “is streets ahead of most in his field” Legal 500 – 2010 Edition.