Art Advisers

Spears 2020

ABIGAIL ASHER AND BARBARA GUGGENHEIM

GUGGENHEIM ASHER

With more than 40 years in business, Guggenheim Asher Associates is an industry titan, with clients including Tom Cruise, Coca-Cola, Steven Spielberg and Sony. Based in New York and LA, with a strong London presence, the firm especially advises on… Read More

SARAH BARKER

LEE & THOMPSON

Sarah Barker leads the art and fashion groups of Lee & Thompson, advising both private and business clients. It’s a role that combines the law with business and the arts, where Barker brings to bear her broad experience in corporate… Read More

TANYA BAXTER

ART ADVISORY

Tanya Baxter boasts more than two decades of experience in the post-modern, modern British and contemporary art markets. Working between her Chelsea gallery and Hong Kong advisory, Baxter’s practice is a regular at major fairs in London, Paris, New York,… Read More

ARIANE BELISLE

AIB ART ADVISORY

Private collectors, galleries and foundations make up the clientele of Ariane Belisle, who’s enjoyed a remarkable ascent since founding AIB Art Advisory to specialise in post-war and contemporary art with a focus on emerging artists. She set up the firm… Read More

TOM BEST

THE AUCTION COLLECTIVE

Ex-Christie’s auctioneer Tom Best established The Auction Collective in 2017 with the aim of providing a ‘fresh approach to the art market’. Taking a streamlined approach to UK auction market traditions, the firm works on five principles: it works directly… Read More

VIOLA RAIKHEL-BOLOT

1858 LTD

Viola Raikhel-Bolot founded 1858 Art Advisory in 2004 with Harvey Mendelson, after noticing a demand for impartial advice around art market transactions. The firm has expanded to encompass bespoke services for every stage of the collection life cycle, advising clients… Read More

ISABELLE DE LA BRUYERE

CHRISTIE’S

London-based Isabelle de La Bruyere heads the client advisory wing of Christie’s, where she works to form and sell collections, many of which include works that fetch world-record prices at auction. She joined the world’s oldest auction house in 1999,… Read More

RUDY CAPILDEO

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Rudy Capildeo deals with the purchase and sale of artworks, luxury asset financing and the protection of intellectual property. He also advises clients from the classic car and fine wine worlds on managing their collections. Having joined Charles Russell Speechlys… Read More

RACHEL DOERR

DOERR VALUATIONS

Asked who her clients are, Rachel Doerr of Doerr Valuations responds: ‘CEOs of major corporations, MDs, board members, authors, actors, celebrities, politicans, sport stars, lawyers, accountants, surgeons, MPs, hedge-fund owners, and business owners and entrepreneurs from all around the world.’… Read More

LUKE DUGDALE

CADELL

Luke Dugdale co-founded Cadell in 2015 after over 25 years in finance. The first advisory subject to FCA standards, the Londonbased firm applies ‘the highest level of professional standards to the unregulated and difficult art sector in order to establish… Read More

ANNABELLE GAUBERTI

CREFOVI

After 14 years at some of the world’s top law firms, in 2003 Annabelle Gauberti founded Crefovi, the one-stop shop law firm for those in the creative industries. The firm covers fashion, luxury, entertainment, and of course art, representing artists,… Read More

ANNE-FRANçOISE GAVANON

FREDERICK MULDER

Anne-Françoise Gavanon is the director of Frederick Mulder Ltd, one of London’s most prominent print dealers and the world’s top Picasso print specialists. It provides an entry point into the most blue-chip of modern masters. ‘The print medium is a… Read More

ANGELINA GIOVANI

FLYNN & GIOVANI

An art historian and provenance researcher, Angelina Giovani works with private collectors to construct narratives behind their collections. Co-founded with Dr Tom Flynn, Flynn & Giovani offers provenance research and due diligence on art -works. The firm is just three… Read More

JONATHAN GREEN

RICHARD GREEN

An international and family-run gallery and advisory service dating back to 1936, the Richard Green team operates out of two galleries on Bond Street. Jonathan Green now sits at the helm of this Mayfair institution, which specialises in high-quality painting… Read More

SUZANNE GYORGY

CITI PRIVATE BANK

Suzanne Gyorgy leads the art finance and advisory team of Citi Private Bank, one of the first private banks to explore the concept of art as collateral in 1979. Gyorgy joined the bank in 1999 after spells at the Morris… Read More

HENRY HIGHLEY

PHILLIPS

‘It’s an exciting time for us,’ says Henry Highley, who joined Phillips in 2009, and has since become head of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sales. He also takes up auctioneer duties, bringing down the hammer in London,… Read More

PHILIP HOFFMAN

THE FINE ART GROUP

After 12 years as Christie’s finance director, Philip Hoffman launched the Fine Art Group in 2001. Noting the need for investmentfocused approaches to the art market, the firm was the first to establish a $25 million ‘art hedge fund’, that… Read More

OLYVIA KWOK

WILLSTONE MANAGEMENT

Having opened her first gallery at the age of 22, Olyvia Kwok started her career working with emerging Asian markets, building art funds. She weathered the financial crisis by anticipating an increasing demand for old impressionists. Since setting up Willstone… Read More

HELEN MACINTYRE

MACINTYRE ART ADVISORY

Helen Macintyre set up her own advisory in 2007 after stints at Christie’s (including under famed dealer Richard Knight), and has over 20 years of industry experience. With an emphasis on discretion and close client relationships, Macintyre’s advisory works with… Read More

TIM MAXWELL

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Tim Maxwell joined Charles Russell Speechlys in April 2019 from Boodle Hatfield, where he had a renowned art law practice for 15 years. As he explains to Spear’s, one of his first ever cases involved an Old Master painting. ‘The… Read More

JOHNNY MESSUM

MESSUMS WILTSHIRE

Johnny Messum is director of Messum’s Wiltshire, an experimental space housed in a 13th-century barn that hosts festivals four times a year, with topics ranging from ceramics to spoken word. He also assists in running the prestigious Messums Gallery on… Read More

DANIEL MORRIS

CORFIELD MORRIS

Daniel Morris and Tim Corfield set up their eponymous firm in 2003 after stints at Christie’s and Sotheby’s respectively. Today, its advisory team offers expertise, identifies and evaluates pieces – covering all from old masters to emerging contemporary works, as… Read More

JAMES NICHOLLS

MADDOX GALLERY

James Nicholls is chairman of Maddox Gallery, which has outposts in London, Gstaad and LA. Just four years old, his Mayfair-based outfit has swiftly risen to the top tier thanks to its knack for enlisting smart, trendy art, supplemented by… Read More

PHILIP MOULD OBE

PHILIP MOULD AND COMPANY

Art slueth Philip Mould recently celebrated 30 years in the industry, during which time he has made a name for himself uncovering seminal lost art pieces, including some of Gainsborough’s earliest known works and a number of lost Van Dycks…. Read More

ADRIAN PARKHOUSE

FARRER & CO

Adrian Parkhouse has been at Farrer for over 35 years, with more than 25 as a partner. Now, as head of commercial litigation, he advises established art owners and national institutions (as well as new HNW collectors, several of whom… Read More

KAREN SANIG

MISHCON DE REYA

‘The art market is like no other. It’s a law unto itself. Those collecting art at the upper echelons very often throw caution to the wind when they are pursuing their passion. Such behaviour can lead to decisions they’d never… Read More

HARRY SMITH

GURR JOHNS

Harry Smith grabbed headlines in March 2018, when he bought 13 Picassos on behalf of clients over a single week of auctions for £113 million. ‘I’ve been in this game for over 40 years, and this was very different to… Read More

MARK STEPHENS

HOWARD KENNEDY

Art and media law statesman Mark Stephens says he was ‘tricked into being a lawyer’ by the manager of Pink Floyd, who was lodging in his family home when he was growing up. ‘He’s now a multi -billionaire and I’m… Read More

RALPH TAYLOR

BONHAMS

Bonham’s post-war and contemporary department continues its string of impressive sales and continued global expansion in another strong year for its global head Ralph Taylor. ‘It has been a brilliant and exciting year,’ he tells Spear’s. As well a series… Read More