The Future of NFT Investment – has the dust really settled?

Wednesday 18 January 2023
5:00 - 6:00 pm


Gareth Fletcher, Director of Programmes, Sotheby’s Institute 


Alex Estorick, Founder, Right-Click-Save 

Margharita Barbagallo, Head of Commercial Litigation, Dragon Argent 

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Considering the comparatively risk-free appetite for collecting modern British art, this panel considers questions around investing in NFTs. After an art market explosion and subsequent slump in the past 18 months, the sector is now reporting a come-back. So, what are the reasons to invest in NFTs? The panel will discuss NFTs in terms of the history of generative art, aesthetic value and cultural caché, as well as tips on how best to invest in them from a legal perspective. 

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Margherita Barbagallo is a dual qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Canada, specialising in art and commercial law. 

She is currently the Head of Commercial Litigation and Art Law at Dragon Argent Limited, a company that specialises in advising start-up and SME businesses. Her clientele includes businesses and investors, whom she advises on commercial transactions and the uptick trend of trading in digital art and NFTs. 

Before joining Dragon Argent, Margherita practiced in the Art Law team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, where she assisted clients (including galleries, art dealers, artists and collectors) on all art and luxury asset related matters such as purchase and sale agreements, title disputes, artists’ estate planning, reputation management for art professionals, restitution claims, intellectual property and fraud claims. 

Margherita is a member of the organisation of Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM) and the Social Media Secretary for PAIAM’s International Next Generation (PING). 

Examples of Margherita’s writings on the subject of NFTs, such as transactional risks and understanding the regulatory framework when investing in NFTs, can be found here: ; and 


For additional information on Margherita’s practice, please visit 

Gareth Fletcher lectures on a range of subjects across Art Logistics and Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. As well as his role as Programme Director for MA in Art Logistics, he is Leader of the Art Crime online intensive course. He also lectures the application and adoption of blockchain systems within the art market for the Art & Tech: Data, Market Analysis and Blockchain online intensive programme. His current research explores the interface between the contextual information of cultural objects and technology, and the integration of traditional art market processes within Web 3.0 applications. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Responsible Art Market (RAM) London Committee.

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