ArtSecure is a boutique law firm based in Athens, Greece offering specialized advice on art and cultural property matters. Our mission is to build long-term relationships by offering solutions that allow our clients to maximize or regain the value of their art assets.
Founding of art institutions
Acquisition, exploitation & protection of Intellectual Property rights
Gifting and inheritance of art
Art transactions (agency, sale & purchase, consignment, loan, confidentiality agreements & supporting documents)
Art investment business entities
Handling funds through escrow
Artwork donations & donor restrictions on use or display of donated works
Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering laws
Import/ export, customs compliance and
cross-border movement of art
National heritage laws
Trade law compliance for art and antiquities
Fraud and authenticity disputes
Advice on the recovery of stolen art & cultural property
Defective title claims
Intellectual property disputes
Legal Risk Assessment
ArtSecure's Legal Risk Assessment is an industry-first assessment of legal risks specific to art collections and management which aims to mitigate risks and enhance value.
By adopting a risk-based approach, we are able to identify, assess and understand the legal risks to which an organization is exposed in order to take measures proportionate to those risks so as to mitigate them effectively.
ArtSecure is a specialized art law group established in 2011 by Phoebe Kouvelas, responding to client demand for a set of integrated legal and advisory services in the area of art. In partnership with itnlaw & associates, a specialized corporate and banking law firm, our clients enjoy a unique combination of expertise in all matters involving art, from art as an asset class to the law on antiquities.
Phoebe is an attorney-at-law (LL.M.) and also holds a degree (BA) in psychology. She speaks fluent English and Greek and has working knowledge of Spanish.
Before she was admitted to the Piraeus Bar Association in Greece, Phoebe gained work experience in Shipping Law with Sioufas Law Offices in Greece, as well as in Cultural Heritage Law with CLEC in Cambodia.
Many times, key to a successful outcome in an art law case is the selection and coordination of expertise from various fields. We use our international art market network to offer our clients the highest quality, tailored, non-legal counsel with respect to appraisals, authenticity, provenance research, conservation, acquisition consultation, collection management and forensic analysis.