Art, Finance, and Law Symposium 2022

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UC Berkeley's cutting-edge symposium explored and addressed the latest developments around the intersection of art, finance, and law.

The symposium aimed 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 explored 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 shared advice and insights on many of the key factors in art investment – including the latest updates in legislation and in the case law.



Welcome Remarks

Robert Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley
Adine Varah, SFMOMA


Lance Esplund on The Art of Looking


Is Art an Asset Like Any Other?

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

Dick Buxbaum, University of California, Berkeley
Sophia Kinell, Phillips
Rahul Varshneya, Deutsche Bank


Art Investment: Blockchain Technology

This session examined 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
Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia, Look Lateral
David Otto, Martin Davis PLLC
Joe Roets, Dragonchain


Frontier Technologies in Art

This session explored 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 were addressed.

Sonia Katyal, University of California, Berkeley
Nick Brown, SuperRare
Simon Frankel, Covington & Burling
Adam Sterling, University of California, Berkeley


Meet Ann Freedman

Ann Freedman, FreedmanArt
Frank Partnoy, University of California, Berkeley




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Martin Davis

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.


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

MCLE Credit

California MCLE credit will be offered.  


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