Azmina Jasani

Azmina Jasani is a Partner in the Art & Cultural Property Law Group and a leading art law and luxury assets specialist.  She is valued by her clients for her “effective”, “diligent” and “straightforward” style and for her dual qualifications and experience in New York and London, which they deem “a real asset”.  Chambers & Partners 2019-20 & 2020-21.

Azmina is sought-after by the full spectrum of industry stakeholders, including artists, museums, collectors, sovereigns, galleries, dealers, auction houses and financial institutions on contentious and non-contentious matters around the globe.

She represents clients on a variety of matters, including disputes involving issues of authenticity, provenance, title and copyright as well as disputes relating to artist-gallery relations and looted or illegally exported cultural property.

Azmina routinely negotiates the sale and purchase of important artworks bought and sold privately or at auction, high-value consignment agreements, auction guarantee agreements, art finance agreements and art loan agreements for special exhibitions held at museums and galleries.

She is also often instructed by art and luxury businesses to help them comply with regulations pertaining to anti-money laundering, consumer protection, import and export, data protection, bribery and introductory commissions.

As a dual qualified lawyer with over a decade’s experience, Azmina is well-placed to provide a single source of advice for clients who require assistance in more than one jurisdiction.

Azmina’s clients describe her as “a powerhouse”, “fantastic to work with” and someone who is “precise, clear-thinking and has a sharp mind”.  Competitors describe Azmina as “a formidable counsellor, a zealous advocate for her client, and a pleasure to work with from the perspective of opposing counsel, which is a rare combination.”  Chambers & Partners 2019-20 & 2020-21.

Azmina lectures at the Institute of Art & Law, Queen Mary School of Law, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Queens College, City University of New York.

Significant Representations

Advising a top-end international dealer on securing a billion-dollar consignment of an important collection belonging to a prominent political family.

Advising Epiris LLP in relation to its acquisition of Bonhams, an international auction house.

Successfully defended a British antiquities dealership and its director against a criminal claim asserted by a European state of dealing in looted cultural property.

Negotiated several high-value consignment and auction guarantee agreements with Christie’s and Sotheby’s, including the consignment of a painting by Picasso worth in excess of $100 million and an important painting by Kandinsky.

Advising an international art dealership on a Holocaust looted claim in connection with an Old Masters painting.

Negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal in relation to the traveling exhibition and purchase of a significant collection of works by artist Ai Weiwei. Advised on complex insurance issues involving the works of art, some of which were yet to be created, while others were being loaned to a museum and on import and transport of the works from China to Europe.

Advised a collector in connection with a loan of an important piece of cultural property for a traveling exhibition in UK and US.

Successfully defended artist Claes Oldenburg against a frivolous claim of copyright infringement.

Successfully represented a private collector to recoup the full purchase price of $5 million for an artwork plus legal fees in an authenticity dispute with an auction house.

Cariou-v-Prince, Gagosian Gallery and Gagosian: Successfully advocated on behalf of the defendants in a landmark U.S. copyright infringement action relating to the question of fair use.  Helped persuade the United States Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit that 25 of the 30 artworks at issue were protected as fair use, saving them from destruction under an injunction imposed by the lower court.

Represented Acker, a fine and rare wine merchant since 1820, defend a claim relating to counterfeit wines alleged by Bill Koch.

Successfully assisted Marlborough Gallery in estopping a fine art auction house from selling an inauthentic work of art that was wrongly attributed to the artist Claudio Bravo, whose estate is represented by the Gallery.


Azmina Jasani's Publications & Speeches

Copyright law and Appropriation art: where is the line between artistic innovation and stealing

Examining the more recent court cases, Azmina Jasani and Emelyne Peticca highlight the tension between Appropriation art and copyright law in The Art Newspaper. Read...

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Buying and Selling Art in the Era of Covid-19

Bringing her two worlds together, Azmina provided a legal perspective from both New York and London at the Federal Bar Association’s Virtual Art Law Conference....

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Legal, political and public relations strategies to protect cultural property.

Joining forces with international law and cultural property specialists at Foley Hoag LLP; Azmina and Till presented to State sovereign experts on protecting cultural property,...

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Whistleblowing in the art market

In an article for the RICS, Azmina shares insights on the tighter legislation against money laundering being introduced in the UK and US. The art...

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How New Anti–Money Laundering Laws Will Affect Art Collectors

How will the new antimoneylaundering laws affect artcollectors? How will the UK's anti-money laundering regime, which transposes EU directives, be affected by Brexit? Many fascinating...

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Institute of Art and Law - Force Majeure & Covid-19

On 6 February 2021, Azmina Jasani lectured at the Institute of Art and Law on the enforceability of force majeure provisions in the context of...

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“It’s not me, it’s you” AWITA X PAIAM forum - Brexit and the Art Market

On 3 February 2020, Azmina Jasani joined fellow market professionals, colleagues and advisors at the “It’s not me, it’s you” AWITA X PAIAM forum to...

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Azmina Jasani featured in '10 Trailblazing Women Working in Art Law'

Azmina Jasani is a Partner in our Art & Cultural Property Law Group. She is a leading art law and luxury assets specialist. See the...

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PAIAM - Conversation with Artists Alvaro Barrington and Rana Begum: Empowering Diverse Voices in the Art Market

On 30 September 2020, Azmina Jasani chaired and moderated a PAIAM Webinar entitled, In Conversation with Artists Alvaro Barrington and Rana Begum: Empowering Diverse Voices...

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Block 336, Artist Legal Rights Sessions, Copyright Infringement

Block 336, Artist Legal Rights Sessions, Copyright Infringement.  Azmina Jasani contributed as a panellist on a webinar focusing on copyright infringement.  Topics for conversation included:...

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RICS Valuation Conference 2020 "Commissions in art transactions"

In March 2020, Azmina spoke at the RICS Valuation Conference in London on the topic of commissions in art transactions, flagging the difference between a...

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When artists and galleries split, what are the legal implications?

Constantine Cannon attorney Azmina Jasani published in the Art Newspaper, When artists and galleries split, what are the legal implications?. Click here to read the article.

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UK Welcomes Art Market to the Regulated Sector - New Anti-Money Laundering Regulations

Azmina Jasani authored an article, UK Welcomes Art Market to the Regulated Sector, on the new anti-money laundering regulations that went into effect on 10...

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Citywealth Magazine - The Artful Dodger

Read Azmina Jasani's latest contribution to Citywealth Magazine, on the issues to consider before buying art here:        

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RICS Property Journal: July-August 2019

Read our senior associate Azmina Jasani's latest contribution to the RICS Property Journal.'A faithless servant' discusses the cases that reveals a hazy world of secret...

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Auction Guarantees: A Legal Perspective

Guest Lecturer, Auction Guarantees: A Legal Perspective, Institute of Art and Law, London (February 2019) Azmina gave a lecture at the Institute of Art and...

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Art and Private Clients

Speaker, Art and Private Clients, Russian Wealth Advisory Forum, Zurich (January 2019) Azmina chaired a panel at the Russian Wealth Advisory Forum in Zurich on...

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Circulation of Fraudulent Art in Emerging Art Markets

Speaker, Circulation of Fraudulent Art in Emerging Art Markets, Abu Dhabi Art Fair (November 2018).

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UK and US approach to copyright infringement

Speaker, UK and US approach to copyright infringement, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York (September 2018).

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U.S and the European approach to originality and copyright protection

Speaker; Authentication in Art, The Hague  (7 June 2018).

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The Art of Deaccessioning by Museums

Trust and Estates, Fifth Annual Special Report: Art, Auctions and Antiques, March 2018. Click here to read the article.

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Art Finance and Law

Guest Lecturer; LLM in Art, Business and Law Program at Queen Mary University of London Law School, February 2018.

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The Art of Lending

STEP JOURNAL, January 2018. Click here to read the article.

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The differences between the New York and London art markets from a legal perspective and what the future holds post Brexit and US elections

Speaker; Art Business Conference, New York, April 2017.

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Lending to Museums

Special Report: Art, Auctions & Antiques, Vol. 156 No., 3 March 2017. Click here to read the article.

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Free Agents?

Secret commissions and poorly defined relationships in art transactions pave the way for litigation, warn Pierre Valentin and Azmina Jasani Read Article

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Art, Auctions & Antiques: Lending to Museums

Public exhibitions thrive on the mutually beneficial relationship between private collectors and museums. For private collectors, lending artwork to museums confers numerous advantages. Read article...

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Free Agents? Secret commissions and poorly defined relationships in art transactions pave the way for litigation

RICS Property Journal, February 2017. Click here to read the article.

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Protecting the artist’s legacy

South Asian Art Market Report 2017. Click here to read the article.

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Small print, big issues

RICS, September 2016. Click here to read the article.

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Brexit and the British Art Market, August 2016. Click here to read the article.

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Copyright & Fair Use

Guest Lecturer, Courtauld Institute Law Society, London, March 2016.

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Guest Speaker, Art & Law Seminar

National Museum, Delhi, India, February 2016.

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Consumer Rights Act 2015, New Consumer Remedies: Be Prepared

Antiques Trade Gazette, October 2015. Click here to read the article.

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Fair Use Under US Law: Experience of the Cariou v Prince Litigation

Speaker; Institute of Art and Law, London, June 2015.

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