Azmina Jasani is a Partner in the Art & Cultural Property Law Group and a leading art law and luxury assets specialist. She is valued by her clients for her “effective”, “diligent” and “straightforward” style and for her dual qualifications and experience in New York and London, which they deem “a real asset”. Chambers & Partners 2019-20 & 2020-21.
Azmina is sought-after by the full spectrum of industry stakeholders, including artists, museums, collectors, sovereigns, galleries, dealers, auction houses and financial institutions on contentious and non-contentious matters around the globe.
She represents clients on a variety of matters, including disputes involving issues of authenticity, provenance, title and copyright as well as disputes relating to artist-gallery relations and looted or illegally exported cultural property.
Azmina routinely negotiates the sale and purchase of important artworks bought and sold privately or at auction, high-value consignment agreements, auction guarantee agreements, art finance agreements and art loan agreements for special exhibitions held at museums and galleries.
She is also often instructed by art and luxury businesses to help them comply with regulations pertaining to anti-money laundering, consumer protection, import and export, data protection, bribery and introductory commissions.
As a dual qualified lawyer with over a decade’s experience, Azmina is well-placed to provide a single source of advice for clients who require assistance in more than one jurisdiction.
Azmina’s clients describe her as “a powerhouse”, “fantastic to work with” and someone who is “precise, clear-thinking and has a sharp mind”. Competitors describe Azmina as “a formidable counsellor, a zealous advocate for her client, and a pleasure to work with from the perspective of opposing counsel, which is a rare combination.” Chambers & Partners 2019-20 & 2020-21.
Azmina lectures at the Institute of Art & Law, Queen Mary School of Law, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Queens College, City University of New York.
Simon Yeung is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Litigation groups and is involved in the Firm’s Art Law practice.
Simon’s practice focuses on commercial disputes, including competition damages claims and art-related claims. He acts for clients in proceedings before the English courts, and in arbitration proceedings. He has previously acted for clients in proceedings in offshore jurisdictions, and in relation to a number of multi-jurisdictional investigations.
Simon has acted for a wide range of corporate clients, including a number of leading retailers in a competition damages claim, an insurance broker over a team move, and an investment fund, among others. Simon also acts on behalf of galleries and dealers, as well as private clients in relation to their art collections. His experience includes payment and financial services, as well as construction, among others.
Simon read General Engineering (with Civil Engineering) at Durham University before completing the GDL and LPC at the College of Law in York.
Till Vere-Hodge is an associate in the Firm’s Art and Cultural Property Law group based at our London office. Till works with international private collectors, art dealers and auction houses, galleries and museums, as well as art investors and advisors in relation to both, contentious and non-contentious matters.
Till has built up a particular expertise in handling restitution claims to looted artworks, in particular in the context of World War II. He advises clients on any legal, commercial, ethical and art market-specific aspects of restitution claims, including the planning and implementation of PR strategies. In so doing, he works hand-in-glove with the most highly-regarded provenance researchers. In addition to handling all aspects of claims to individual “red-flag” artworks, he also assists clients in devising and implementing internal guidelines and roadmaps for extensive audit projects. This process is designed to ensure that the clients’ overall approach to dealing with “red-flag” artworks remains consistent and clear, which can be crucial to the success of any audit project, in particular where the project in question is likely to attract media attention.
He is regularly called upon to lecture at various Art Law forums or comment in the media on matters pertaining to Art and Cultural Property Law. Recent examples include lectures at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), the Royal Academy, the Federal Bar Council (New York), the New College of Humanities (London), the ARCA Art Crime Conference (Umbria, Italy), or the Art Market Day and the Centre Pompidou (Paris), as well as an interview on restitution matters on Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT 1.
Till has been ranked as an ‘associate to watch’ by Chambers and Partners in its High Net Worth and Art and Cultural Property Law categories. In those rankings, clients have said the following about him: “[Till] has in-depth expertise in art litigation, especially in connection with restitution cases.” “He is ready to go the extra mile and to think about the problem outside the box.” “He handles everything amazingly and is very efficient, proactive and a pleasure to work with. Clients are very happy with his work.” Another source told Chambers that “he will be a very important lawyer when it comes to restitution issues.”
Prior to his career in the law, Till worked for several years as a Public Diplomacy Officer at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London. During that time, he worked for three German ambassadors to the Court of St. James and advised the German Foreign Office on the latest political, economic and cultural developments in the UK.
Till read History, Politics and Economics at Cardiff University and holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Bristol University. He is a member of PAIAM and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Till is fluent in German.
Fionnuala is a consultant lawyer in the art and cultural property group with 7 years’ experience exclusively working in international Art and Cultural Property Law, with a particular interest in cultural property and extensive experience in the Middle East where she regularly works.
Fionnuala advises on all aspects of art law including cultural property and the repatriation, seizure and export of antiquities; worldwide touring exhibitions, art and technology, auction guarantees, cross border transactions, art funds and alternative investments.
Fionnuala is regularly consulted on policy, legislation and international reports in relation to cultural property and the art world, most notably: the UK Government’s Ivory Act 2018, the 2019 DCMS consultation on measures to strengthen the retention of National Treasures, the UN Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN Assembly regarding destruction of cultural property during conflict; the UN Abu Dhabi Declaration regarding safeguarding of cultural property; the Council of Europe Convention on the Deliberate Destruction and Illegal Trafficking of Cultural Property (Nicosia Convention), the EU Cultural Property Import Regulations. Fionnuala has also been invited to present on upcoming legislation at the European Parliament and represented the UK at the EU and UNESCO summit Fighting Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Property in November 2018.
Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Fionnuala co-founded the Pinsent Masons International Art Group in 2012 where she continues to advise their middle eastern clients as a consultant.
Fionnuala received a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Social Anthropology from Queen’s University Belfast and has a first class honours in Law from the University of Law. Fionnuala qualified in England and Wales in 2012.
Emelyne is an associate in the London office of Constantine Cannon LLP. She specialises in Art & Cultural Property Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution. Emelyne also assists teams in the Antitrust Litigation and Counselling group.
Within the Art & Cultural Property Law Group, Emelyne represents a broad range of clients, including collectors, galleries, auction houses and artists on a variety of domestic or international, contentious, non-contentious and regulatory matters.
Emelyne also has experience supporting high profile clients through various modes of dispute resolution including litigation, judicial review, arbitration or mediation.
She has presented at Christie’s Education London, the New College of the Humanities and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
Prior to joining Constantine Cannon LLP, Emelyne interned in the Restitution Department of Christie’s London and separately gained experience in London City and Paris law firms.