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U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1493, the “Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act”

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1493, the “Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act” that included emergency import restrictions for such material coming from Syria. A copy of the Bill could be viewed by selecting the below link. Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP is the pre-eminent firm in the practice of Customs and International trade laws and agreements.  Our Art Law Practice has decades of success in providing guidance and legal expertise on the forefront of complex and emerging issues affecting the trade in antiquities and ancient items.    GDLSK advised numerous clients to include museums, universities, auction houses, dealers and collectors on how to safely navigate their businesses, protect their collections and enhance their collection management practices during earlier times of “culture in conflict”.  This included the Iraq Gulf Wars, the Arab Spring, the looting in Libya and other middle eastern nations.   Contact James McAndrew of our staff at 212-973-7706 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on the above.

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr1493/BILLS-114hr1493eas.pdf

   

Fundamentals of Export Compliance Course Live in Los Angeles

The Foreign Trade Association is offering a course that will provide an in-depth review of regulatory requirements under the Census Regulations, Export Administration Regulations, OFAC regulations, ITAR and U.S. Customs export regulations.  It will also cover practical advice for implementing and improving corporate export compliance procedures and for managing incidents of non-compliance.  The course is taught by Erik Smithweiss of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP, a partner resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office.  The two-day course takes place on April 25 & 26, 2016.

If you would like further information, including a list of topics that will be covered, and registration information, please open the link below or contact Erik Smithweiss.

http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-2193683

   

Collection Management: Averting the Inevitable

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues on their path to investigate and recover stolen and looted works of art with more effectiveness and efficiency. As is states in the recent press release (see the link below), their ability is bolstered by the strong relationships forged with foreign law enforcement over the past fifteen years when I headed the agencies art and antiquity theft program.  It was and remains never an acceptable position to trade or collect objects with poor provenance.  At GDLSK we counsel collectors and dealers alike on better business practices.  We offer proprietary measures to reduce adverse claims against items in your collection without harm to your reputation and business. Contact Forensic Specialist James McAndrew at 212-973-7706 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-stolen-indian-artifacts-major-auction-house-ahead-asia-week-new-york

   

James McAndrew interviewed by the Creators Project regarding ISIS looting in Syria and Iraq.

James McAndrew interviewed by the Creators Project as an expert on international art theft and looting by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. See the article in the below link.

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