Raue is one of the leading law firms in Germany in the field of arts and cultural institutions. Based on their many years of experience in this arena, our attorneys have gained a unique understanding of the interests of artists and cultural institutions, collectors, auction houses, and publishers. The range of our services includes structuring and negotiating agreements, representing our clients in court as well as in out-of-court dispute resolution proceedings, and also advising on matters of cultural policy. Other important aspects are advising enterprises on the development of online business models in the arts and entertainment sectors, and providing advice in the fields of foundations, and restitution law.

Focus areas

Fine arts and the art trade

  • Advising galleries, associations, auction houses, museums, collectors, and artists
  • Advice on matters governed by the protection of cultural assets (“Kulturgutschutz”)
  • Restitution matters
  • National and international advice to artists on major art projects


  • Advising and representing renowned orchestras, conductors, and soloists in all matters of the law
  • Negotiating and drafting of exclusive artist agreements and agency agreements
  • Advice on new online business models in music (“digital concert hall”)


  • Advice provided to theatres on contractual matters, copyright issues, and cultural policy
  • Advice provided to actors and stage directors on contractual matters

Publishing houses

  • Negotiation of agreements with authors and editors
  • Review of critical texts (e.g. as concerns potential violations of personal rights)
  • Advice regarding new forms of distribution (e.g. e-book distribution Agreements)


  • Advising and representing producers, directors, and actors
  • Advice regarding the Film Promotion Act for the Advancement of German Cinema (Filmförderungsgesetz)
  • Advising film festivals on all legal matters, also in structuring sponsorship Agreements


  • Frequently recommended law firm for matters of media law / the laws of contract and copyright law (volume 2), JUVE Handbook 2015/2016
  • Designated “Law Firm of the Year 2014 for media and technology” by the publishers of the monthly industry magazine “Rechtsmarkt,” JUVE, the leading publishing firm in the market


Fine arts and the art trade

  • Ongoing legal advice to the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler e.V. (Association of German Galleries and Art Dealers)
  • Advising galleries: EIGEN + ART, neugerriemenschneider, Galerie Hans Mayer (Dusseldorf)
  • Advising artists: Rebecca Horn, Günther Uecker, Bridget Riley
  • Restitution: Advising the heirs of Rudolf Mosse on the recovery, from private parties and from public museums, of art lost due to Nazi persecution.
  • Advising major art projects: Studio Olafur Eliasson, Studio Other Spaces


  • Ongoing legal advice to the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Ongoing legal advice to the streaming platform (Digital Concert Hall) operated by the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Advising conductors: Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, Karl-Heinz Steffens

Theater and film

  • Ongoing legal advice to the Berliner Ensemble theater company
  • Ongoing legal advice to the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)
  • Advising theater/film directors on contractual matters: Hans Neuenfels, Andrea Breth, Wim Wenders, Erich Wonder

Publishing houses

  • Ongoing legal advice to the publishing house Suhrkamp Verlag