Manlio Frigo


  • Art and cultural property with particular focus on:
    • protection and circulation of cultural heritage
    • international agreements of restitution and return of cultural objects
    • international transactions in the art sector
    • long term agreements of cultural cooperation and loans of artworks
    • International cultural cooperation agreements, and in particular national and international commercial arbitration both as lawyer and arbitrator

Foreign Languages: English, French


  • Member of the Art and Cultural Property Focus Team
  • Member of the Private Clients Focus Team
  • Member of the Public International Law & Economic Diplomacy Focus Team
  • Joined BonelliErede as Of Counsel in 2016
  • Assisted cultural and art foundations, auction houses, associations of art sector operators and also some major museums
  • Consultant to UNESCO, Unidroit and the European Commission with regard the circulation of works of cultural heritage and the fight against illegal trafficking
  • Member of the ICOM Legal Affairs Committee (LEAC)
  • Author of several publications concerning contractual obligations, international cooperation in the field of civil and commercial procedure, applicable law and the linguistic factor in the circulation of arbitral awards, and on the international protection and circulation of cultural property


  • Full Professor of International and European Law and of International Contracts and Arbitration Law at the University of Milan and visiting professor in prestigious foreign Universities
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the PhD in International Economic Law at Bocconi University in Milan
  • Member of the Committee on Cultural Heritage Law of the International Law Association
  • Member of the Italian Bar, admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione)
  • Law degree from the University of Milan

Art and Cultural Property Focus Team at the Venice Biennale with the South African Pavilion - 10 May 2017

The BonelliErede Art and Cultural Property Focus Team has partnered with the South African pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. South Africa is represented by artists Candice Breitz and Mohau Modisakeng. Their exhibition offers a reflection of experiences of exclusion, displacement, precariou …

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Private Collections: Historical and Legal Perspectives - 16 March 2017

The conference “Private Collections – Historical and Legal Perspectives” kicks off today at UNIDROIT’s Rome office: a two-day event focused on private art collections from an international and comparative perspective. The event is co-organised by BonelliErede’s Art and Cultural P …

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BonelliErede launches Art and Cultural Property Focus Team - 14 September 2016

Created to meet the growing demand for services in this area, the new focus team brings together BonelliErede professionals who have a proven reputation in advising international art galleries, auction houses, museums and cultural foundations, financial institutions and private banks, collector …

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