Bruno W. Boesch
Bruno Boesch studied law in Geneva and New York. He practiced as a lawyer in Geneva, New York and Zurich, before establishing the office of Froriep, Swiss lawyers, in London, where he was a partner and subsequently of counsel until early 2022. He practices now independently. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association (FSA/SAV).
After an early practice devoted to corporate transactions, finance and litigation, including acting as an arbitrator in international commercial and investment arbitration, since the 1990s Bruno has been advising private clients, families and institutions in relation to their fine art and cultural property collections, and on their philanthropic ventures.
His broad experience includes: sale and purchase of entire ensembles of fine art and archeological objects; negotiations with auction houses and dealers/galleries; dealing with “sleepers”; cross-border succession disputes; 20th century painting, Roman and Greek bronze, medieval ivory and 18th century furniture authenticity disputes; title disputes; temporary and permanent export licenses, and anti-seizure guarantees; museum loans and gifts, cooperation agreements with public institutions; trust structures holding art and other cultural property; public-private partnership arrangement for building a museum and display of collections; organization and permanent advice to foundation board for preservation and promotion of major fine art and archeological object collections; development of legacy program and marketing policy for the estate of a major 20th century artist; Unidroit task force on “orphan works”; artist residences and other support programs; European art-related philanthropy.
Bruno Boesch draws on a wealth of contacts and relationships built over the past decades among auction houses, dealers, curators, art market analysts, collectors and institutions, and with law firms in many countries.
Bruno speaks and writes on various collector related issues. He wrote, ‘Transparency and Fiduciary Duties in the Art Trade – Trust No One’, in Art & Law 2015, Schriftenreihe Kultur und Recht 7, Stämpfli Verlag, 2015. He is the editor of The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013 and 2016 . “An impressive new publication designed to help art aficionados unravel the legal intricacies of the art world. It should prove invaluable for collectors and dealers worldwide.” said The Art Newspaper (3rd edition to be published in November 2023).
Bruno speaks French, English and German. He also speaks Swedish, and a modicum of Italian, as he lived in Rome for one year, when he wrote a novel, Le Cardinal Epinglé, published in 1998.