PAIAM Conference 2012

PAIAM's inaugural annual conference took place on 17th January 2012 when Sotheby’s played host to a capacity audience of PAIAM members in their New Bond St galleries. The afternoon conference was moderated by James Kelly, PAIAM board member. Annabel Fell-Clark, CEO of AXA ART London was the first to speak, taking as her subject the current challenges for art insurers. She was followed by a presentation and discussion on 'buying, owning and selling art in the UK – the new landscape for the “non-dom” advisor', by Emma Chamberlain, Barrister, Pump Court Tax Chambers and Wendy Philips, Head of Tax and Heritage, Sotheby’s. PAIAM's chairman, Pierre Valentin, Partner at Withers LLP then gave a talk in which he discussed a raft of recent cases dealing with the issue of the use of introductory commissions in the art world. Finally, Sebastian Cwilich, COO of, gave a fascinating insight into how the internet is rapidly changing the way collectors engage in and buy art, and explained how is operating in this area. The presentations were followed by drinks reception.

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