Massimo Sterpi is partner and Head of the IP and Art Law departments of Rome of Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. A passionate art collector, he has gained an internationally recognized experience in art law. In this field, he addressed various topics including problems of authenticity, recovery of stolen or looted artworks, commissions of artworks, management of artists’ estates, licenses and merchandising, unauthorized reproduction, sales and exports of works of art, declaration of works of art as national treasures. Over the last years, he has been focusing on the impact of disrupting technologies on the creation, distribution and trade of art. He is the author or has edited numerous publications on intellectual property, art law and art tech, including the Art Collecting Legal Handbook (published by Thomson Reuters), which cover the laws on art in 30 different jurisdictions. He also frequently speaks on art law subjects in international conferences. Massimo is on the WIPO Lists of Mediators and Referees in matters of IP and Art and Cultural Heritage. He has been chairman of the IBA Committee for Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law and is currently the President of the UIA's Art Law Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and sits on the Board of Directors of Fondazione Prada and of the US Friends of the MAXXI Foundation.
He speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.