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:
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
(artist/dealer, seller/dealer, buyer/dealer)
Gallery and museum representation
Creating art investment business entities
Acquisition, exploitation & protection of Intellectual Property rights
Donor restrictions on use or display of donated works
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
Fraud and authenticity disputes
Advice on the recovery of stolen art & cultural property
Defective title claims
Cultural heritage claims that include restitution
Legal Risk Assessment
ArtSecure's LRA is an industry-first methodology for proactively assessing legal risks that are related to museums & art collections.
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.
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.