Freya Stewart joined The Fine Art Group in 2015 to launch its art financing division. Freya was previously at Christie’s, where she was Senior Legal Counsel responsible for advising on all aspects of their in-house art finance operations, negotiating, executing, and advising on auction and private sales and auction guarantees. Prior to her time at Christie’s, Freya spent 10 years as an international finance lawyer at Linklaters LLP and Barclays Capital in New York, Hong Kong, London, and São Paulo. During this time Freya advised and transacted on complex derivative and structured products and prime brokerage, including secured finance transactions and structures involving a wide range of collateral types and security structures worth multi-billions of USD. Freya also advised on and implemented significant regulatory changes impacting Barclays. She was the bank’s legal representative on several industry bodies including the International Securities Lending Association, the International Capital Market Association, and at the Bank of England.
Freya frequently speaks on the topic of art finance at conferences around the world and is often quoted in the press by journalists in the business and art fields. She obtained a First Class BA in History at Manchester University and completed her legal qualifications at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.