We support business and corporate collections in the following fields: collection management, contracts for purchases and loans, positioning of works of art in museums and international exhibitions, storage of artwork in Free Ports for purposes of keeping clear of VAT and import authorizations.

For property including the possession of art, we serve in planning and arrangement. You can benefit from our expertise in finding a tax-optimized structure for the inheritance or donation of artworks and collections.

We support in the establishment of private museums and art foundations and organize the transfer of your artworks into foundations and corporate collections.

For transactions, we go through the due diligence processes and provenance research (monetary, art historical, and legal). We represent you in person at international auctions and purchase negotiations, and act, when necessary, as trustee in transactions and private sales.

We formulate and review contracts and business conditions, especially in cases involved in the international art market.

All matters relating to the restitution of Nazi-looted art and the international protection of cultural property require special expertise and experience. Our lawyers have these skills. We conduct professional provenance research (in monetary, art historical, and legal terms) and negotiate with the current owners and claimants.

For upcoming artists, we prepare gallery contracts (including international contracts) and enforce artists’ rights as owners. We have particular experience in the arrangement of artist discounts.


Contract law  Copyright law  Art Trade law  Restitution law 
Tax law  Estate planning  Foundation law




dtb rechtsanwälte
Pergamon Palais
Am Kupfergraben 4
10117 Berlin

phone +49 - 30 - 22 00 24 80
fax +49 - 30 - 22 00 24 899


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