Mona Yapova

Mona Yapova is an associate in the Art and Cultural Property Law Group at Constantine Cannon LLP. She advises clients including artists, government entities, museums, galleries, auction houses, collectors, art advisors and dealers in both domestic and cross-border matters. She advises on a variety of transactional, regulatory, and complex contentious matters ranging from primary and secondary market sales, large scale art commissions, and touring exhibitions to IP, authenticity and ownership disputes.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Mona acquired experience internationally while working at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Mona’s dedication to the arts extends to her personal practice as a painter. Her works have won awards and she has taught painting during summer schools at Wellesley College in the US and an artist residency in Thailand.

Mona regularly lectures at the Courtauld Institute of Art on legal issues relevant to artistic practice and is an editor of the annual Art Law edition of Getting the Deal Through for Lexology and the Art Law Review.

Mona holds an LLB from King’s College London, a Maîtrise en Droit from the Sorbonne Law School, and a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art where she focused her postgraduate studies on 15th century Persian arts and contemporary art. She is fluent in English, French and Bulgarian, and has a proficiency in Italian and Spanish.

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