Before acquisitions are made, during the course of ownership, or upon sale, we work with collectors and dealers of art, collectibles, and wine to conduct due diligence and provenance research on works of art; maintain physical security during storage, display, and transport; resolve complex frauds and disputes; and track down missing property.
When issues of rights, provenance, and authenticity arise, clients turn to K2 Intelligence for support in fact-finding, witness location, and evidence-gathering services. Through extensive due diligence, we prepare referrals and coordinate with law enforcement and other appropriate authorities.
Our team—made up of former prosecutors; law enforcement officials specializing in art investigations; art historians; experts in collectibles, wine, and the art market; and specialists in asset tracking and forensic accounting—is uniquely qualified to navigate these complex issues. Whether you are a collector, artist, dealer, law firm, lender, insurance company, or cultural institution, we are ready to assist with protecting your financial interests and the interests of those you represent. From conducting discreet research surrounding art market reputation and practices to investigating red flags raised during sales, to physical security advising and transaction and litigation support, K2 Intelligence’s team of experts has the knowledge and experience to ensure your art-related transactions and matters proceed smoothly.
K2 Intelligence’s Art Risk Advisory practice supports clients through fact-finding efforts in advance of, during, and after litigation involving ownership, inheritance, and consignment disputes; breach of contract matters; counterfeit sales; art recovery; or complex fraud. We serve in multiple roles: we interview witnesses, industry sources, targets of investigation, and otherwise knowledgeable individuals; conduct extensive due diligence research; and identify assets tied to relevant parties.
K2 Intelligence also acts as an advisor to clients in determining the most effective route to resolution—whether the pursuit of civil action, a law enforcement or government referral, mediation, or evidence-gathering in advance of a determination. Our team is poised to assist throughout the United States and across the globe.
Provenance, the ownership history of a work of art or other object, ideally traced from the artist to the present day, is crucial for authentication, title, and peace of mind. While a complete, unbroken provenance is not obtainable for all objects, any ownership history presented as a work’s provenance must be supported by documentary evidence. K2 Intelligence’s provenance research expertise can help collectors, art dealers, art institutions, insurance companies, and other art world players mitigate risk by verifying, investigating, and documenting the provenance of your objects.
Art Market Transactional Due Diligence
The art market is notoriously one of the most unregulated financial markets, which all too often lands players on the front pages of the news and deep in litigation. Despite the lack of government-sanctioned regulations, our team helps to ensure your art market transactions are free from scandal and executed in accordance with the most up-to-date financial regulations. We’ve worked with clients to vet potential high-value bidders using the Know Your Customer (KYC) model, sculpt language surrounding transactions, and enforce strong Anti-Money Laundering (AML) practices.