Speaker(s): Emily Thompson, Nica Gutman Rieppi, Amelia Brankov

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Art Transactions


Often collectors only discover legal issues with their artwork years after they purchase it, making it difficult, if not impossible, to remedy the situation.

This presentation discusses legal problems that can arise with the purchase of art, the due diligence that collectors should perform before buying artwork, and ways to structure art transactions to reduce risk.

Attendees of this session will learn about:

  • Legal issues involving authenticity, valuation and title to artwork
  • Conducting pre-sale due diligence
  • Structuring art transactions to minimize risk


Emily Thompson

Emily A. Thompson is a Fine Art Specialist at Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance and its art advisory and appraisal firm, Fine Art Asset Management, with 20+ years of experience in art market research and valuation. Ms. Thompson has worked as a Senior Fine Art Appraiser at companies in the industry valuing artworks for the purpose of financial planning and donation, insurance coverage, and...

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Nica Gutman Rieppi

Nica Gutman Rieppi is the Manager of US Operations for Art Analysis and Research (US) LLC, which specializes in the technical study of paintings using technical art history and science-based analytical approaches. She obtained a BA in Art History and French at Emory University, Atlanta, before studying for her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University...

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Amelia Brankov

As a well-rounded litigator, Ms. Brankov helps businesses and individuals in the creative sector resolve a wide range of dispute-resolution matters. Her practice includes advising on complex disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, copyright infringement, and the right of publicity. She has appeared in federal and state trial and appellate...

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