Polina Ivko

Adwar Ivko, a beacon of innovation and diversity in the luxury law sector, was formed by the merger of Ivko Law Group and Furgang & Adwar LLP, bringing together two powerhouse entities. This 100% women-owned firm, led by trailblazers Polina Ivko and Stephanie Furgang Adwar, has been a frontrunner in implementing ecological, social and governance principles long before it became a mainstream practice. The personal journey of Polina, a Ukraine-born former artist, overcoming adversity with just $300 to her name, has inspired the firm’s ethos of empowerment and inclusivity in both its staff and clientele.

The firm’s client list reads like a who’s who of art and luxury goods world, representing luminaries and leading organizations such as Andre Leon Tally, Masterworks, Phillips auction house, Palter DeFi, and Graham Shay 1857, Mark Murray Fine Paintings. Their expertise extends to advising GS Art Concierge, Inez Suen Art, and Gordon Cheung Studios, Atelier Anna Walinska, Estate of Priyanka Mathew, and Hodinkee executives.

Adwar Ivko’s dedication to client satisfaction is also evidenced by their collaborations with creative visionaries Masako Shiba, Dan Chen and Paul Pissarro, ensuring tailored legal solutions that resonate with the unique needs of each client. The firm’s influence extends to technological and cultural sectors, advising firms like Endel, Spacetainment, ONBD, Art[XR] and the Department of Culture and Technology, and supporting creative ventures like Rainhouse Productions, and threeASFOUR, among many others.

The firm’s impact on the nonprofit and museum world is significant, with work for the Brooklyn Museum, Chicago Museum of Science+Industry, Carnegie Museums and SFMOMA, illustrating their commitment to advancing legal excellence in cultural institutions with focus on ESG objectives.

The firm’s legal acumen benefits the creative sectors, working with figures like Jessica Gramuglia (Conde Nast), Dia Simms (Lobos 1708, Combs Enterprises), and public figures like Princess Elisabeth Thurn und Taxis, Patricia Dow, and Erin Heatherton.

Polina has also previously represented Italy and Greece, as well as numerous collectors in cultural property repatriations, collection management, legacy management, and other ventures.

In a world where authenticity and integrity are paramount, Adwar Ivko distinguishes itself not merely for legal prowess but for an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice. Guided by Polina, the firm thrives, marrying her vision with Stephanie’s seasoned expertise. Polina’s strategic acumen, influenced by her unique life experiences, and her dedication to nurturing talent from underrepresented communities, underscore the firm’s unique set of truly top of the line attorneys.

Get to Know Me

What do you do in the art world?

I am an art lawyer, business advisor, nonprofit consultant, speaker, mediator and philanthropist.

How did you begin your career in the art world?

I actually started as an artist and art collector in my formative years.

Tell us about the most recent / last piece you acquired?

The most recent piece to join my collection is "Happy" by Kenny Schachter.