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Lawrence M. Kaye is co-chair of Herrickā€™s Art Law Group and a member of its Executive Committee. He represents a wide range of domestic and international clients in complex litigations and commercial transactions.

Among Larry's other accomplishments, he is noted for his representation of foreign governments, victims of the Holocaust, families of renowned artists and other claimants in connection with the recovery of art and antiquities. Larry was a lead attorney in the landmark case of Federal Republic of Germany v. Elicofon, in which two early masterpieces by Albrecht Durer, stolen at the end of the Second World War, were recovered and returned to the Weimar Art Museum. He represented the Republic of Turkey in its successful efforts to recover the fabled Lydian Hoard antiquities, long held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and some 1,800 ancient Greek and Lycian coins which Connoisseur Magazine called "The Hoard of the Century." Larry successfully represented the heirs of the Russian artist, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich, in connection with their claims against New York's Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University's Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the City of Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum. He presently represents many museums, collectors and foreign governments in connection with a variety of cultural property matters.

Larry served as the Legal Advisor to the Republic of Turkey's delegation to the Diplomatic Conference held in Rome in June 1995, at which the UNIDROIT Convention on the International Return of Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects was adopted. He writes and lectures extensively on international art litigation and the repatriation of cultural property. He has presented papers at numerous academic and business symposiums, including, among others, forums sponsored by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow, the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation, the American-Turkish Council, the Institute of International Business Law and Practice, Lloyd's of London Press, the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Columbia University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Bard College, New York University, Princeton University, the American Institute of Archaeology, and many law schools, including Harvard, Villanova, Fordham, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Cardozo, Willamette and the University of Texas.

While pursuing his law degree, Larry was Editor-In-Chief of the St. John's Law Review. He has served two terms as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Art Law Committee and was the Program Chairman for their Cultural Property Roundtable in November 1996.

Recent Matters of Note:
Neue Galerie - Acquisition of Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I"
Representation of Neue Galerie New York in connection with its historic acquisition of Gustav Klimt's 1907 painting "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," which at that time was reported to be the most valuable painting ever sold.
Marei von Saher - Goudstikker Collection - Dutch Restitution
Representation of Marei von Saher in her successful efforts to recover 200 artworks looted from her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker, during the Second World War. The works had been held by the Dutch Government for over 50 years.
Heirs of Kazimir Malevich - Amsterdam Settlement
Representation of the heirs of the world-renowned Russian artist Kazimir Malevich in their litigation against the City of Amsterdam to reclaim artworks created by their ancestor. This litigation was successfully settled in April 2008 when the City of Amsterdam returned five Malevich paintings to the heirs.
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