LAFA core of a center of excellence

LAFA aims to create the core of a center of excellence, which will be unique and never offered before in the world of the art market.

LAFA aims to be a trusted reference made of professionals who will make sure that the investment in a work of art will be based on real and objective data, generated, gathered, analyzed and compared according to a long-established scientific methodology.

LAFA aims to set a standard and a reference of transparency and professionalism, backed by solid evidence, that will set in motion an irreversible change in the way the art market is run.

Alain Mestat, Honorary President of LAFA

Honorary Members

Alain MestatHonorary President of LAFA

Alain has a long standing experience within the wealth management industry. For 13 years he was a Director with the Edmond de Rothschild Group. Prior to this Alain was Founder and Managing Director of Advena Management, one of the first multi family offices in the US exclusively catering for the US needs of GCC families. Alain has extensive experience in the field of Art & Finance, having set up in 2001 the Ariane de Rothschild Prize, a contemporary art competition promoting the talents of new emerging European artists. While studying in the US, Alain set up Mestat Works of Art, an Art consultancy boutique promoting young European artists. He is an active member of PAIAM. He is currently the Managing Partner of PassionProtect®, a boutique Art & Finance advisory firm focusing on Asset Protection and Wealth Management strategies for collectors of art & valuables. Furthermore Alain is the European Director for Art Capital Group (ACG), one of the largest specialty art financing boutiques in the US. Alain has a Bachelor and a Masters from Brandeis University in International Economics and Finance. He is also a graduate from INSEAD.

Gérard SousiHonorary Member

President fondateur de l’Institut Art et Droit (France), Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, Officier des Palmes Académiques et Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Avocat honoraire, ancien Vice-président de l’Universite Lyon 3.

Sandrine GiroudHonorary Member

Directrice de la Fondation pour le Droit de l’Art (Suisse), avocat.

SNAHonorary Member

French National Union of Antique Dealers – SNA.
This collaboration will be a good vector to compare legislation and exchange on good practices in the art market.

LAFA est très honorée d’accueillir parmi ses membres, en qualité de Membre d’Honneur, le Syndicat National des Antiquaires – SNA.
Cette collaboration permettra notamment de comparer les législations et d’échanger sur les bonnes pratiques du marché de l’art.