About the Firm
Art Law Services was founded in 2013 by Laurens Kasteleijn, in response to expressed concerns that legal services for the art world were inaccessible, expensive, and not in touch with the current needs in the industry.
Laurens studied corporate law at the University of Amsterdam. In 2008 he relocated to Hong Kong to work for a renewable energy company. Inspired by the need to enrich his understanding of the Chinese language and culture, he took up studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Captivated with the “Northern Capital” he decided to remain there and worked with a local investment firm. After two years in Beijing, Laurens was recruited to set up a local office for a Dutch management consultancy company in Shanghai.
In pursuit of his passion for art, he started working at Studio Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, and soon was appointed General Manager of the two Shanghai-based galleries. In 2013 Laurens moved back to Hong Kong to work as the gallery director of new media art collective, island6 HK.
Integrating his love of art, his legal training and his knowledge of international business, he then founded his own legal consultancy firm in Hong Kong: Art Law Services
Since then, Laurens has lectured on ‘Legal Issues in the Art World’ at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in Hong Kong & London and is an active speaker on this subject.
In 2015 Laurens joined Bavelaar & Bavelaar Advocaten & Rechtsanwälte in Amsterdam together with Art Law Services. He advises his clients on contracts, intellectual property and employment issues, with a specific focus on the international art world and its players.
What We Do
Art Law Services provides legal advice and services to individuals and organizations active in the international art world, with a specific focus on the APAC art scene. Thru our office in Amsterdam, we also serve our clients in Europe and America.
Ranging from contract drafting to litigation, we take care of all your legal needs. Through our worldwide network of professionals, we are able to assist you in any jurisdiction.
Providing legal advice and services to individuals and organizations active in the international art world, with a specific focus on the APAC art scene.
Negotiating, drafting & reviewing of all form of agreements between various parties in the art and creative industries
- Business Formation
nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, Sole proprietorships, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Corporations
- Intellectual Property
fair use analysis, advising and protection of intellectual property assets, assessing intellectual property assets and intellectual property management
- Dispute Settlement, Mediation
Our team is dedicated to growing your art related business in Asia Pacific.
- Business Broker
Assisting privately held companies in the buying or selling process
- Funding / Investments
Assisting in the identification process of securing initial funding or secondary round of investment for your creative business
Aiding clients in reaching the best result
- Language services
Translation and interpreters
Finding the right people for the job
- Company Setup
Locating suitable office/gallery space
Advice and recommendation to local insurance professionals
We represent up-and-coming artists, from all over the world, who are determined to make it in the art world.
From providing expert feedback on their art to arranging exhibitions, Art Law Services is uniquely dedicated to promoting local artists.
Interested artists please contact us for more information.
Join our team!
For our HK office, we are currently looking for candidates who are locally qualified as a solicitor.
Please send your cover letter & resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us for more information and pricing