Barbara Luse focuses on white collar defense and regulatory enforcement with a particular focus on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international money laundering and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, and U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions. Barbara also focuses on regulatory enforcement and corporate transactions with a particular emphasis on cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance (DeFi), and blockchain technology. Barbara has extensive experience in art law related matters including fraud, stolen and illegally exported art and antiquities, and restitution. Prior to joining Cohen & Gresser, Barbara practiced with John Cahill at Cahill Partners LLP in New York, where she focused on a wide range of art law issues including fraud, insurance litigation, valuation, and restitution. Previously, she worked at Loyens & Loeff in Brussels, Belgium.
Super Lawyers recognized Barbara as a Rising Star in 2020 and 2021.
Barbara is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and she earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Barbara is fluent in English, French, and Italian, and is proficient in Spanish.
Barbara Luse focuses on white collar defense and regulatory enforcement with a particular focus on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), international…
Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 2013); Princeton University (A.B. 2004)
New York State; District of Columbia
Activities and Affiliations
Member, Art Law Committee (New York City Bar Association)
Member, Cultural Property Subcommittee (New York City Bar Association)
Member, Fondation pour le droit de l’art (FDA) (Art Law Foundation)
Co-Chair, American Foreign Law Association (AFLA)
Co-Chair, Young Patrons Committee, FIAF New York
Member, French American Chamber of Commerce
Member, Neue Galerie Council, New York
Member, Princeton Alumni Association, New York / Washington, D.C.
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
- The announcement further suggests that NCET’s initial mandate will broaden the enforcement focus from criminal actors themselves to those who enable and facilitate illicit activities involving cryptocurrency.
- Cryptocurrency exchanges should take appropriate steps to work with counsel to avoid becoming the subject of a DOJ investigation or prosecution.
- The increased scrutiny will also likely extend to all cryptocurrency-focused businesses, NFT platforms, companies that accept cryptocurrency as payment, and even those that merely do business with third parties dealing in cryptocurrency.
- Given the heightened scrutiny from the DOJ and a constantly evolving regulatory landscape, all companies in the industry should evaluate compliance programs and practices to mitigate risk and exposure.
In this C&G client alert, Christian Everdell and Barbara Luse discuss a recent congressional report released by the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that exposes how Russian oligarchs looking to evade U.S. sanctions are able to exploit loopholes in the art industry and calls for more regulation in a notoriously opaque industry which, according to the report’s findings, undermines one of the most fundamental tools that U.S. administrations use to pressure foreign governments against “bad behavior.”
John W Gibson, Tim Harris, Barbara K Luse, and Charlotte Ritchie discuss the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”) that recently came into force in the UK. The 2019 Regulations extend anti-money laundering responsibilities to UK art market participants, including art dealers and other intermediaries, in response to the increasing recognition that high value art is used by criminals and terrorist groups to launder and hide money.