Angell XI


+86 21 2613 6216

Jingtian & Gongcheng

45/F, K. Wah Centre
1010 Huaihai Road (M)
Xuhui District
Shanghai 200031, China


Angell Xi has 26 years’ rich experience in legal and business management, including 12 years’ General Counsel and other senior roles for GE, Kering, Ashland and Michelin in Asia Pacific. Angell came back to practice due to her love of art and has grown herself, with her unique and diversified background and industry experiences, into a recognized legal expert of Art & Culture, Luxury & Fashion and IP Licensing, in addition to Private Client, investment and transactions.

As a pioneer of Art Law in China and Asia, Angell covers both cultural relics (antiques) and artworks (contemporary art), being proficient in handling global and local programs, projects and businesses, advising government authorities on culture and art related legislation, enforcement and administration matters, providing clients with solutions regarding art creation, transaction, collection, art finance, investment, art for philanthropy, art licensing, art performance, etc. Clients Angell advises include world-class international and Chinese museums, cultural heritages and various non profit institutions; galleries, dealers; auction houses; art fund, trustee companies; individual, corporate and family office collectors; art foundations; art business operators such as E-platforms, media, technology companies; licensors, licensees; artists, studios, performing artists, artists’ families. Angell advises fine art such as painting, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture, installation, decorative art and industrial design as well as performing arts like dancing, music, orchestra, theatre, immersive theatre, musical, opera, symphony, etc. With her strong expertise in Private Client practice, Angell frequently advises clients on art as alternative investment, art as joy (for collection), art for philanthropy, assists them to establish and manage private museums, art foundations, trusts and other non profit institutions. With her in-depth licensing experiences, Angell has been advising a couple of world leading museums’ China licensing projects for years, including but not limited to the British Museum, V&A, National Gallery from the UK, The MET, Boston MFA from the US, etc. Angell is active in advising avant garde projects and was one of the first lawyers who advised NFT, Metaverse, AI in art, culture, luxury and fashion projects in China.

Angell is Co-Chair of IBA Art, Cultural Institution and Heritage Law Committee, Board Member of Licensing International, Member of IBA Private Client and Individual Tax Committee, Member of Art Law Foundation and the Responsible Art Market (The RAM). For years, Angell was appointed as Postgraduate Tutor for KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Law School, Wuhan University, and Lecturer for Christie’s Education in Asia.

Since 2018, Angell is co-author of The Art Law, The Art Law Review, The Private Client Law, The Luxury and Fashion Law and The Trademark Law of Getting The Deal Through, Lexology, and co-author of The Practical Entertainment Law Book, published by the China Law Press in 2023. Angell is widely recognized for her expertise in Art, Private Client, IP, Entertainment Law, Digital Economy, by ALB, CBLJ, Corporate INTL, Corporate INTL “Who’s Who”, Global Law Experts, LEGALBAND, Legal 500, WTR1000 (according to alphabetical order).  Angell is the China contributor for The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, 3rd edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023.

Angell speaks English and Chinese, with some acquaintance of Japanese.