Pierre Valentin started Constantine Cannon LLP in London in 2012. The firm is affiliated with Constantine Cannon LLP in the USA where it has offices in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Pierre heads Constantine Cannon’s international art law practice. His clients include commercial art galleries, art dealers, art collectors, auction houses, museums, artists, private banks and art investment funds. He advises them on transactions involving art and antiques, financing against art, the taxation of art, intellectual property, alternative investments and dispute resolution. He was formerly Associate General Counsel and a senior director of Sotheby’s and more recently a partner of Withers LLP.
Pierre speaks French, Italian and Spanish. Aside from his day job as a lawyer, Pierre is a trustee of the Artists’ Collecting Society. He founded PAIAM (Professional Advisors to the Intellectual Art Market) in 2011 and sits on the Board.
Pierre is ranked in Legal Directory Chambers UK 2017 as one of the top two leading art lawyers. Pierre is praised by commentators as “one of the best exponents of art law in the business”. He leads the firm’s art and cultural property offering. “Pierre lives and breathes art law. He is very well respected and is known by clients and other professionals in the art market as the go-to lawyer, particularly where there is a contentious angle,” says one source.