Art, Finance, and Law Symposium 2022

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UC Berkeley cutting-edge symposium will explore and address the latest developments around the intersection of art, finance, and law.



The symposium aims to support all professionals and innovation enthusiasts interested in cutting-edge research at the intersection of art, finance, technology, and law. Prominent speakers from academia and practice will explore the securitization of art as an asset, the differences between art funds and hedge funds, the peculiarities of the portfolio and fund management, the different types of loans against art collateral, and the risks and rules for art investments. Through the symposium, industry experts will share advice and insights on many of the key factors in art investment – including the latest updates in legislation and in the case law.


Agenda (subject to change):

Lance Esplund on The Art of Looking


Lance Esplund, WSJ

Is Art an Asset Like Any Other?

This session will examine the specifics of provenance, due diligence, art as an asset, and art finance.


Eileen Brankovic, Christie’s

Richard Buxbaum, University of California, Berkeley

Sophia Kinell, Phillips

Rahul Varshneya, Deutsche Bank

Art Investment: Blockchain Technology

This session will examine how the art fund industry has secured its place as an investment vertical in the world of finance, how technology is used in today’s art market, and how it is shaping its future.


Jillian Grennan, University of California, Berkeley

David Otto, Martin Davis

Joe Roets, Dragonchain

Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia, Look Lateral

Frontier Technologies in Art

This session will explore the impact of frontier technologies, with a focus on the use of NFTs and artificial intelligence, on the art market. Questions such as authorship, copyrights, regulation, and more will be addressed.


Nick Brown, SuperRare

Simon Frankel, Covington

Sonia Katyal, University of California, Berkeley 

Adam Sterling, University of California, Berkeley 

Meet Ann Freedman


Ann Freedman, FreedmanArt

Frank Partnoy, University of California, Berkeley 




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Program Details


All professionals and innovation enthusiasts interested in cutting-edge research at the intersection of art, finance, technology, and law. Those welcome include: Private collectors, wealth managers, art dealers, auctioneers, artists, investors, start-ups, professional advisors, providers of financial services, banks, tech companies, entertainment companies, policy-makers, representatives from public institutions, lawyers or scholars, and researchers who want to explore the educational purposes that sit at the crossroad of technology and the cultural industries of art finance around the world.


An intimate discussion to support art finance legal professionals at large and industry players at all levels.


May 26, 2022

1:00 – 7:00 PM PDT


151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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The registration fee is $100 per person. Proceeds will be used by UC Berkeley to build a new institute for the study of art, finance, and law. Scholarships are available for students.


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Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early. 

MCLE Credit

California MCLE credit will be offered.  


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