CONTOUR : EXPERIENCED BUSINESS CONTRACT NEGOTIATORS, ART AND COMPLIANCE LAWYERS
Contour is a different kind of law firm: we guard the contours with the focus on the required level of contrast and context. Contour is set up by Oliver Lenaerts who divides its time between artlaw, business law and regulatory compliance activities. Oliver Lenaerts applies an extensive legal knowledge with more than a decade of experience in the art community and international business. Contour is also different because we know that lawyering is more than arguing.
In the art dealing business it is important to ensure that the complex relationships you rely on (even undocumented) are adequately understood and agreed upon. Contour is your partner to ensure that the relationships you engage in are what they could be. We offer unbundled services to artists, galleries, collectors and art organisations and foundations. We advised on estate planning for art collections, on consignments and representation agreements, on IP clearing and set-up of non-profit organisations, on art leasing and on authentication claims and other investor protection rules.
Contour has an extensive legal expertise in the drafting and negotiation of a broad range of business contract with focus on the setting-up of company forms, mergers and acquisitios and financings. We also know how to deal with business processes relating to acquisitions and restructuring and take pride in it that we advise in a clear and concise language in order to enable you to assess your business risks adequately. We rely on an extensive network of law professionals who can assists in carrying out these processes.
Contour has developped a contemporary expertise in the points of intersection between the art business and the financial and antitrust regulatory framework (investment law, AML, insider trading, discriminatory practices, etc.). We investigate on an efficient and effective way and with the required dicretion whether the art dealer acts in compliance with the applicable regulations with the aim to reduce the risk on litigation and to seek reduced penalties in criminal actions. Also, we act on behalf of collectors who wish to tackle wrongdoings. We believe in accountability, justice and fairness and therefore we are prepared to go the extra mile for our client-whistleblower in case of wrongdoings, injustice of cheating.
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