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Hong Kong’s only dedicated art law practice, with a multidisciplinary team of legal professionals based in the city.

Full-service offering that protects and optimises the purchase, sale, financing, loaning and storage of art and cultural property.

In the last two decades, the arts and antiquities industry has transformed into a global market behemoth, with total sales reaching US$64 billion in 2019. Hong Kong, standing at the nexus of East and West, is Asia’s premier international arts hub.

Reflecting the long-term growth of the arts market in Asia and increasing legal complexities around the buying, holding, financing and selling of art and cultural property, Deacons has established a dedicated arts practice comprising an experienced team of lawyers led by four partners. The team advises on a diverse range of arts matters including the acquisition and disposal of collectables, the financing and lending of artworks, the protection of copyright, consignment and commercial agreements, tax and estate planning, charitable donations, and disputes over authenticity and ownership of title.     

Our notable experience includes:

  • Advising an auction house and drafting all their contracts with clients and owners of art items
  • Advising on the establishment of an art fund
  • Advising an auction house on its loan facility
  • Advising on intellectual property ownership and licensing issues relating to a travelling exhibition of textile, installation and audio-visual art
  • Advising on the holding of a portfolio of contemporary Chinese art
  • Advising on the establishment of a charity for the promotion of art and artistic education in Hong Kong and the Greater China region
  • Advising on the importation into Hong Kong and holding structure of a Stradivarius violin
  • Advising on the importation of an antique ivory table following a dispute with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

If you would like to discuss how Deacons could help you or your company in relation to art law, we would be delighted to hear from you.