Bloomberg Law
Feb. 11, 2019, 9:55 AM

Detective Work Part of the Job for Quinn Emanuel Art Litigators

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

During a 2013 break-in at a gallery in California, two Chinese scroll paintings with a combined value of $3 million were stolen, and soon resurfaced at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong where they were sold.

Enter Luke Nikas and Maaren A. Shah, partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, who were hired by the gallery owner to help get them back last year.

They have been working with the FBI’s Art Crimes Team, Hong Kong investigators, and a Hong Kong law firm to identify who was involved in selling the paintings to the auction house and who purchased ...

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