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 re-gain the value of their art assets.

We represent Greek and international clients, professionals of the art market such as galleries, dealers and auction houses, as well as art collectors, artists, foundations and museums. Our services include:

art consulting

  • Founding of art institutions

  • Trade law compliance for art and antiquities

  • Import/ export, customs compliance and
    cross-border movement of art

  • Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering laws

  • Advice on national treasure laws and restitution

  • Gifting and inheritance of art

  • Exhibition loan agreements

  • Agency agreements
    (artist/dealer, seller/dealer, buyer/dealer)

  • Consignment Agreements

  • Confidentiality agreements

  • Gallery and museum representation

  • Online gallery & auctions terms of use

  • Creating art investment business entities

  • Acquisition, exploitation & protection of Intellectual Property rights

  • Donor restrictions on use or display of donated works

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sale & purchase advisory

  • Advice on issues concerning legitimate ownership, provenance & due-diligence checks

  • Review of all sales documentation

  • Drafting of private sale agreements

  • Market research / selling strategy

  • Representation of buyers and sellers at auction houses; financial & legal negotiations

  • Representation of clients in private sale / purchase negotiations

  • Know-Your-Client due diligence

  • Money laundering checks

  • Handling funds through escrow

  • Logistics & payment arrangements

dispute resolution

  • Fraud and authenticity disputes

  • Advice on the recovery of stolen art & cultural property

  • Defective title claims

  • Cultural heritage claims that include restitution

  • Artists’ rights

Legal Risk Assessment

Legal Risk Assessment for Museums & Art Collections -

ArtSecure's LRA is an industry-first methodology for proactively assessing legal risks that are related to museums & art collections. 

about us

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. 

our values

The values guiding our work are TRUST, TRANSPARENCY, LOYALTY and a PERSONALIZED client service. Each case is handled with the utmost discretion and examined from different angles to ensure we offer tailor-made solutions.


our network

Through our network of professionals, we offer our clients direct access to art experts, art dealers, international auction houses, as well as leading curators, independent insurance brokers, tax advisors and auditors with experience in art.

Our small size - in terms of headcount - allows us to provide highly specialized services at competitive pricing.


Contact us to find out more.  

phone  +(30) 215 215 4404 (9am-7pm GMT)

12, Dionisiou Areopagitou st.,
Athens, 10558, Greece