Massimo Sterpi

Massimo Sterpi is partner and head of the IP and Art Law departments of Rome of Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. A passionate art collector, he has gained an internationally recognized experience in art law. In this field, he addressed various topics including problems of authenticity, recovery of stolen or looted artworks, commissions of artworks, management of artists’ estates, licenses and merchandising, unauthorized reproduction, sales and exports of works of art, declaration of works of art as national treasures. Massimo is the author or has edited numerous publications on intellectual property and art law, including the Art Collecting Legal Handbook, which cover the laws on art in 30 different jurisdictions. He also speaks in art law subjects in international conferences. Massimo is on the WIPO Lists of Mediators and Referees in matters of IP and Art and Cultural Heritage. He has been chairman of the IBA Committee for Art, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Institutions and is currently the vice-chairman of the UIA’s Art Law Committee. Lastly, Massimo is a member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and sits on the Board of Directors of Fondazione Prada and of the US Friends of the MAXXI Foundation.