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Energy

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  1. Industry focus: energy
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BonelliErede has deep cross-border expertise in the full range of energy matters, notably in M&A and project finance, and further strengthened its highly regarded practice by hiring administrative and public law expert Luca Perfetti. Notably, the group advised oil and gas heavyweight Eni on the sale of its 12.5% stake in Saipem and assisted Etrion with the €222m refinancing of ten photovoltaic solar power plants. Mario Roli and Catia Tomasetti are also key contacts, along with recently promoted partner Elena Busson.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ energy lawyers are particularly active in the renewable energy, oil and gas sectors, where they rank among ‘the best professionals in the market’, who ‘strive for excellence’ and ‘work well beyond their contractual duties’. Practice head Ottaviano Sanseverino advised Ital Gas Storage on a €1.05bn project financing for the construction and operation of an underground gas storage facility. The team also recently worked for GDF Suez, A2A and the Province of Padua. Oriana Granato made partner and Francesco Puntillostands out from the crowd’.

Among the best firms for energy advice’, Legance – Avvocati Associati’s expertise spans regulatory and transactional assistance on both borrower and lender side. The group has a particularly strong standing in the renewable energy sector: ‘problem-solver’ Monica Colombera and counsel Antonio Palazzolo, who ‘delivers with depth and speed’, advised F2i on a €500m joint venture with Enel Green Power. Other high-profile clients include SunEdison, RTR Energy and UniCredit.

Ashurst has deep expertise across the renewable energy, gas and oil sectors and recently assisted ERG Renew with the acquisition of a 206MW wind farm portfolio in France and Germany. The team also advised clients such as UniCredit, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas on project finance and refinancing. Carloandrea Meacci and Franco Vigliano are the key contacts along with counsel Elena Giuffrè, who joined from BonelliErede.

Clifford Chance continues to attract a steady stream of big-ticket M&A instructions in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, oil and gas sectors from clients such as Edison, Eni and F2i. Practice head Umberto Penco Salvi recently advised Trina Solar on the sale of its entire stake in Lucania to SUSI Renewables 2.

DLA Piper has a particularly ‘strong renewable energy practice’, but also demonstrates ‘big industry knowledge’ of the oil and gas sector. The ‘excellent’ Giulio Maroncelli, ‘fantastic administrative lawyer’ Germana Cassar and practice head Francesco Novelli were recently appointed as the global legal advisers for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Other clients include ERG and E.On. Paolo Zamberletti joined K&L Gates.

Linklaters is one of the first destinations for clients seeking help with multi-jurisdictional gas and renewable energy matters; the team recently advised Enel Green Power on the acquisition and development of the Weilheim geothermal project in Bavaria. Practice head Tessa Lee is highly regarded.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi demonstrates an ‘unrivalled understanding of the energy business and its regulations’, particularly in renewable energy, natural gas, waste regulatory and energy efficiency matters. The group recently advised Finergy on a portfolio sale of hydroelectric power plants and assisted Estra Energie and Ascotrade with regulatory energy matters. Claudio Visco heads the practice.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘a high standard service level’ in advising on project finance and M&A, particularly in the renewable energy and gas sectors. Recent highlights for the recommended Arturo Sferruzza and his team include advising Eolsiponto on the €21m financing of a wind farm in Puglia.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has ‘extensive industry knowledge’ of the renewable energy sector, where it predominantly advises international corporations and infrastructure funds on cross-border financings and M&A. Clients include European Energy, Snam and Finint Investments. Cristina Martorana and the ‘very smart’ Carlo Montella are recommended.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘really proactive and client-oriented’ team advises clients such as Capital Stage and EDP Renewables on prestigious regulatory and transactional matters in the renewable energy industry but also exhibits strength in the conventional sector, where Eugenio Tranchino recently assisted RWE with entering the Italian electricity trading market.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is particularly experienced in dealing with complex project finance and M&A matters in the renewable energy and gas sectors. Carola Antonini assisted Ansaldo Energia with the acquisition of Alstom’s gas turbine business from General Electric.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP focuses on transactional and competition advice in the renewables and gas sector. Key clients include Eni, Snam and A2A. Roberto Bonsignore is the key contact for corporate matters.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP occupies a niche in representing states and government-owned entities in the oil and gas sector, but is also a key contact for renewable energy companies expanding abroad: Daniela Sabelli advises Enel Green Power on the negotiation of joint ventures in North Africa.

Tommaso Salonico heads the regulations-focused energy practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which recently experienced an increase in contentious matters and criminal investigations across the renewable energy, gas and coal sectors. Clients include A2A, Eni and E.On.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale provides ‘very good’ compliance, transactional and regulatory advice to energy companies from the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, such as SunEdison and TerraFirma. Leah Dunlop is the key contact.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato has ‘a practical approach and high industry knowledge’, particularly in the renewable energy field where it acts for clients such as RWE Innogy, UBI Banca and Sumitomo. Carsten Steinhauer is ‘outstanding’; Marco Cerritelli joined from CBA Studio Legale e Tributario.

NCTM Studio Legale’s ‘great professionals’ recently advised Snam on regulatory issues related to gas transportation and assisted IBF during its €80m acquisition by TUBACEX. Eugenio Siragusa ‘solves every problem’.

Osborne Clarke’s fields of expertise span gas, oil, biomass and smart cities. Practice head Giovanni Penzo recently advised VNG Verbundnetz Gas on the €20m divestment of its 50% stake in Bluefin.

Paul Hastings LLP is ‘a trusted adviser’ for matters in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, gas and waste-to-energy sectors. The team recently assisted Sorgenia and A2A Trading with an asset swap regarding two CCGT power plants. Practice head Lorenzo Parola has ‘very strong negotiation skills’.


Food

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  1. Industry focus: food
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Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale has ‘the best understanding of Italy’s food law market, with its expertise including legal, regulatory, litigation and scientific issues’. Giorgio Rusconi has ‘incredible experience of the legal issues related to food products’; he is a founding member and current secretary-general of FLN – Food Lawyers’ Network Worldwide. The team recently advised Hyper Food Hub on several matters, including labelling and presentation of foodstuffs; health and nutrition claims regulations; food information regulations; and consumer law.

Food Law Firm is a specialist practice that is well known for its expertise, which also extends to product labelling, IP rights and product liability, as well as health and nutritional claims. Paolo Borghi is recommended.

NCTM Studio Legale’s client base spans the full agri-food supply chain, including primary producers, suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumer groups. Milan and Brussels-based Bernard O’Connor is ‘knowledgeable and helpful’. Transactional highlights included advising US-based Krause Holdings on the acquisition of the Vietti winery, one of the most important producers of Barolo wine.

At Rödl & Partner, Milan-based Barbara Klaus is recommended for her food law experience. Her expertise includes food contact materials, feed law matters, safety laws, labelling, and advertising, as well as health claims, product notifications and registrations.

In addition to its corporate advice to the food sector, Withers Studio Legale provides local and international tax, real estate and IP expertise. The practice advised Fattoria Giacobazzi, a family-owned vinegar producer, on its majority stake sale to Granarolo, one of Italy’s largest food manufacturers. Italy practice managing partner Roberta Crivellaro, who divides time between Milan and Padua, has extensive expertise in the food and beverage sector. Milan-based Luca Ferrari advises major Italian wine producers and exporters.

Bird & Bird’s team regularly assists with feed and farming matters; food safety and food information; and health and nutritional claims. Other areas of expertise include certifications; notification of food supplements and authorisation of novel foods; food operators’ liability; and international trade food safety standards. IP specialist Giovanni Galimberti heads the firm’s Italian food and beverage sector group.

DLA Piper advises its global clients on all aspects of food and drink manufacturing, production, labelling, importation and commercial activity. Recent corporate matters include acting for Unilever on the acquisition of Grom, an Italy-based group that produces and sells seasonal food products. Milan-based Wolf Michael Kühne is the key contact.


Healthcare and life sciences

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  1. Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
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Delivering both excellent technical and legal advice’, Bird & Bird provides IP, regulatory, product liability, commercial and corporate advice to innovative global companies in the life sciences sector. Giovanni Galimberti recently advised BiosYnth and Menarini NewTech on their establishment of VaxYnethic, which will conduct a research and development project on a technological platform. Milan-based team head Massimiliano Mostardini is ‘one of the best IP lawyers in Italy’.

DLA Piper recently hired Marina Rubini, formerly a regional head of legal and compliance at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, to join the Milan office as of counsel. Milan-based Roberto Valenti, who is chairman of the life science working group of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, provided strategic advice to Physio Control Italy Sales on complex multidisciplinary matters, including reviewing its commercial agreement with agents, distributors and providers of technical assistance services. Gualtiero Dragotti is also well regarded and Rome-based Raffaella Quintana is ‘highly qualified in compliance issues’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s team regularly advises on regulatory matters, such as product compliance matters, and stands out for its digital health expertise, including reviewing how new technologies utilise healthcare data and defending digital healthcare leaders in investigations and legal actions. Milan-based Francesca Rolla is recommended for product liability and mass tort litigation, as well as non-contentious product safety and product compliance matters. Giovanni Ghirardi is a patent expert and IP specialist Luigi Mansani’s ‘deep experience is clear’ to see.

BonelliErede recruited of counsel Vincenzo Salvatore, former head of legal services at the European Medicines Agency, to join its Milan office. The team has strong transactional and regulatory experience, while contentious highlights included advising Novartis on developing an advocacy strategy in relation to a potential legal action by private and public bodies. Healthcare and life sciences focus team leader Andrea Carta Mantiglia has ‘excellent negotiation skills’.

LS Cube Studio Legale was recently co-founded by former attorneys of Studio Legale e Tributario Ernst & Young. The team recently advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on issues involving its commercial contracts, which included coordinating advice in 57 countries. Rome-based Paolo Ricci is ‘a key asset during difficult negotiations and innovative projects’; Paola La Licata is ‘a five star regulatory expert who seems to know everything and everyone in the life sciences arena’; and Rosanna Sovani has ‘a terrific ability to manage any multi-disciplinary or multi-jurisdictional task’.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s expertise includes broad-ranging non-contentious and contentious healthcare and life sciences matters. The client list roster includes pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, as well as hospitals, research institutions and research teams. Milan-based Agostino Migone de Amicis is recommended.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP’s healthcare and life sciences group stands out for its IP expertise; the practice also assists with regulatory matters, general business support, and EU and competition law issues Team head Laura Orlando is recommended for life sciences patent litigation; she represented Eli Lilly in patent litigation with Sanofi concerning the components of insulin pen injectors.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science team is active in compliance and other regulatory work, as well as commercial matters; IP and privacy issues; clinical trials; administrative procedures and disputes; and public contracts. The team assisted medical devices giant Boston Scientific with a key acquisition. Pierfrancesco Federici in Milan and Rome-based Aurelio Giovannelli are key contacts.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is recommended for its assistance to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies on corporate transactions, antitrust and regulatory issues, arbitration and litigation. The practice advised Baxter Italia in a pre-trial proceeding, concerning alleged unfair competition.

Gitti and Partners is the result of a recent merger of Italy Legal Focus – Studio Legale Bernascone & Soci with Gitti and Partners Studio Legale Associato. The practice has ‘smart, practical and responsive lawyers who are top-notch’. It regularly advises medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals companies; the client base also includes hospitals, scientific societies, contract research organisations and medical malpractice insurers. Paola Sangiovanni ‘gives very practical advice and delivers quickly’.

Masotti & Berger advises pharmaceuticals and medical devices firms on M&A, venture capital matters and licensing agreements, as well as public bids, a range of litigation, distribution agreements, research and development contracts, and clinical trial agreements. The ‘reliable, efficient and clever’ Luca Masotti specialises in advising manufacturers and distributors of medical and surgical devices.

Osborne Clarke’s corporate highlights include advising on Accelovance Europe Holding’s agreement to acquire THERAMetrics clinical research organisation subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Romania. Milan-based Federico Ferrara is the key contact. Diego Rigatti joined Fieldfisher Italy.

Trevisan & Cuonzo is well known for its experience in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices litigation; the firm also has a strong life sciences regulatory practice. Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo are names to note.


Luxury goods

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  1. Industry focus: luxury goods
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BonelliErede’s team advises global luxury groups and family-run businesses on investing in Italy and internationally, general operational needs, M&A and generational change issues. The practice advised Tod’s, the Italy-based shoemaker and leather goods group, on the €530m acquisition of the Roger Vivier and Roger Vivier Paris brands. Milan-based Carlo Montagna is luxury focus team leader.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s luxury goods industry experience includes high-profile transactions in Italy and abroad, as well as contentious matters. The team also regularly advises primary Italian luxury brands on IP and corporate matters pertaining to the Chinese market. It recently advised De Rigo Vision on the acquisition by De Rigo Vision USA of California-based REM Optical Company. Rome-based Filippo Modulo is recommended.

DLA Piper has ‘good industry knowledge and availability, as well as great network connections for cross-border issues’. The team recently assisted Ralph Lauren with several matters, including e-commerce; labelling requirements for leather goods; the regulation of wearable technologies; consumers’ rights to replace defective items; and the termination of selective distribution agreements. Milan-based global fashion retail and design sector co-chair Giangiacomo Olivi also leads the IP and technology group, and has accumulated substantial expertise in franchising and distribution contracts; he shows ‘great acumen’.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s fashion and luxury brands team assists with the acquisition and globalisation of brands, as well as related work such as the launch of flagship stores, IP rights protection, anti-counterfeiting work, and advertising campaigns. It advised Bally on its e-commerce website and related legal issues, including data privacy. Luigi Mansani and Luca Picone are recommended.

Pavia e Ansaldo regularly advises clients operating in the jewellery, fashion, fine arts and fragrance and cosmetics sectors, as well the fine wines, furniture design, hotel and leisure industries. Gian Paolo Di Santo and Mia Rinetti in Milan are co-heads of the luxury and fashion department.

Pedersoli Studio Legale is experienced in advising fashion houses, as well as luxury brands operating in the design, yachting and aviation sectors. The team recently advised F.Investments on the acquisition of a minor stake in Ferretti Group, known for luxury yachts. Milan-based Ascanio Cibrario and Marcello Magro in Turin are key names.

Bird & Bird acts for world-leading luxury goods brands. The team advises on corporate and commercial matters, employment and tax support, as well as data protection issues, copyright, unfair competition and trade mark disputes.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’highly responsive and creative team’ regularly advises on high-profile corporate deals in the luxury goods and fashion sectors. Francesco Gianni is the key contact.

NCTM Studio Legale is recommended for its track record in the luxury goods sector. The team advised Gucci on a contract with street artist GucciGhost, for the creation of fashion collections.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati frequently assists clients from the fashion, jewellery, automotive, cosmetics and furnishings sectors, particularly in the context of IP and M&A. The team advised Ferrari on its brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting activities.

Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP recently assisted new client Gucci with corporate and commercial matters.

Trevisan & Cuonzo assists clothing, vineyard, hi-tech and automotive clients with the protection of IP rights. Luciano Barbera, Peplo and Emaar Hotels & Resorts (Milano) are clients.

Withers Studio Legale recently acted for French fashion house Vionnet on an exclusive Japanese partnership arrangement. Milan-based Anthony Indaimo is the name to note.


Manufacturing

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  1. Industry focus: manufacturing
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BonelliErede’s scope of practice includes corporate and M&A transactions, restructuring and insolvency issues, banking and finance deals and dispute resolution. High-value sector deals included advising Pirelli & Co on the segregation of its consumer (cars and motorcycles) business from the industrial (trucks and off-road vehicles) business and the subsequent integration of the latter into China National Tire & Rubber Company’s corresponding division. It also acted for Brembo on the acquisition of a majority stake in Asimco Mailian Braking System (China).

DLA Piper is experienced in advising manufacturers on transactional and contentious matters, with the client roster including Bosch, Bormioli Rocco and Brevini. The team advised listed German industrial conglomerate, GEA Group, on the acquisition of Comas, the private Italian bakery industry machinery manufacturer. The team also assisted Zwilling J.A. Henckels with the acquisition of cookware manufacturer Ballarini Paolo & Figli. Milan-based Wolf Michael Kühne is department head.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ commercial highlights included advising Leonardo Finmeccanica on the signing of a cooperation agreement with Rosneft Group, regarding the sale of 20 commercial helicopters. It also assisted the Lualdi Family with the sale of a 40% stake in Petrolvalves.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s high-profile matters included advising Nuove Partecipazioni and Camfin on the creation of an industrial partnership with China National Tire & Rubber Co. Milan-based Luca Andrea Frignani heads the team.

Pavia e Ansaldo regularly assists with corporate and commercial, regulatory and labour law issues. The client base includes the manufacturers, purchasers and traders of manufactured goods from the automotive, home appliances, and food and agriculture sectors, as well as the medical devices, pharmaceuticals products, technology, and textiles and clothing industries. Stefano Bianchi and Sven von Mensenkampff in Milan are key contacts.

Pedersoli Studio Legale advises its manufacturing clients on corporate, financing, tax, antitrust and regulatory matters. Inbound highlights included advising a Chinese manufacturer on the acquisition of a majority stake in Italy-based Clivet.


Retail

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  1. Industry focus: retail
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BonelliErede’s scope of practice includes corporate and M&A deals, competition law, IP issues, taxation and real estate finance. High-profile deals included advising Kering Group on the €65m sale of Italian luxury shoemaker Sergio Rossi to private equity group, Investindustrial. On the buy- side, the team acted for Tod’s, the Italy-based shoemaker and leather goods group, on the €530m acquisition of luxury brand, Roger Vivier, and Roger Vivier Paris.

Bird & Bird advises well-known retail and consumer goods brands, including high-street retailers, luxury brands, and food and beverage businesses. The team assisted L’Oréal with the opening of a new shop for the NYX Cosmetics brand. Stefano Silvestri is a member of the firm’s retail and consumer sector group steering committee.

DLA Piper stands out for its experience in real estate and e-commerce, as well as wearable technologies, global distribution issues, online marketing, and brand protection applications. The team assisted OVS, an Italian clothing and retail group, with IP and labelling issues, including disputes over trade marks, designs and unfair competition; the practice also advised the same clients on its strategy for launching stores in other jurisdictions. Milan-based IP and technology head Giangiacomo Olivi has substantial retail expertise.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently advised Ferrovie dello Stato on the privatisation of Grandi Stazioni, its major railway station subsidiary, which will involve the creation of two new companies, one of which – Grandi Stazioni Retail – will manage the commercial activities of the stations.

Latham & Watkins LLP regularly advises its clients on major Italian and cross-border retail sector transactions. The team recently advised Carlyle on the acquisition of a controlling interest in Dutch lingerie brand, Hunkemöller. Stefano Sciolla is European chair of the retail and consumer products industry group.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s retail sector finance highlights included the team advising Gianni Versace on obtaining €250m worth of revolving credit facilities from a syndicate of banks.

Legance – Avvocati Associati is particularly experienced in the buying and selling of shopping centres and retail parks. It recently assisted Tikehau with the acquisition of a commercial centre in Reggio Emilia and advised Torre on the purchase of two retail parks in Tuscany.


TMT

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  1. Industry focus: TMT
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Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ and ‘extremely goal-oriented’ team has particular clout in the technology sector, but also delivers ‘high-quality solutions’ for blue-chip clients in the telecoms and media industry. The group continues to provide media law advice to Sky Italia and has been advising Iridium Satellite on regulatory telecoms issues; it is increasingly active for numerous international television channels. Lorenzo de Martinis, Raffaele Giarda and Francesca Gaudino are all recommended.

Excellent in every aspect’, Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s TMT team has ‘impressive industry knowledge’ combined with the ‘great ability to prioritise and understand urgencies’. In recent highlight work, the ‘outstandingMarco Berliri assisted Fonderie Digitali with the launch of a 3D printer for smartphones and successfully represented TripAdvisor in an appeal against a €500,000 fine imposed by the ICA related to unfair commercial practices. The group also acts for eBay, Facebook, Google and YouTube.

As ‘one of the best practices’ in the TMT arena, Portolano Cavallo’s ‘top-level’ team shows ‘business acumen and deep industry knowledge’; it advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Ernesto Apa and Francesco Portolano are ‘top-notch lawyers’ along with Laura Liguori, who is ‘wonderful and gives clear advice’.

DLA Piper’s ‘very strong team’ often advises clients at the interface between media and technology matters, where it is ‘proactive in analysing industry trends and their legal impacts’. ‘Expert lawyer’ Giangiacomo Olivi recently advised Kering on two large business process outsourcings and assisted Viacom with the acquisition of digital channel LCN27 from Consorzio Alphabet.

Boutique practice Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners fields an ‘extremely professional and skilled’ team that assists media and sports clients such as RTI, Warner Bros and UEFA with all transactional, regulatory and contentious TMT issues. The ‘knowledgeable’ Carlo Gallavotti and the ‘wise’ Mario Gallavotti are recommended.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s TMT practice is ‘characterised by deep industry knowledge, access to an expert network and exceptional flexibility’. The ‘highly skilledDomenico Colella is a key figure in the practice, which is headed by Marco Consonni; the team recently advised Amazon on consumer protection issues and regularly assists The Walt Disney Company with contractual, regulatory and contentious matters.

Bird & Bird’s TMT practice is led by Massimiliano Mostardini and assists high-profile media and telecoms corporations with the full spread of regulatory, transactional and IP matters. Key clients include Dailymotion and Italiaonline.

Cugia Cuomo & Associati continues to advise on an increasing number of regulatory IT and media matters related to new electronic communication services and digital payment. Other recent work includes representing Alpitel in an Italian Competition Authority (ICA) proceeding concerning abuse of dominant position. Fabrizio Cugia di Sant’Orsola is recommended.

Alongside its strong transactional credentials, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is also adept at assisting clients with regulatory issues in the TMT sector: practice head Luca Ulissi recently advised Betfair Italia on Italian gambling regulation and data protection regulations.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners recently assisted a consortium of RCS shareholders with an €811m offer to buy RCS Media Group. Nino Di Bella and Francesco Gianni head the practice, which covers transactional, contentious and regulatory media expertise.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale is ‘strongly committed to the client’ and often advises key media players on regulatory and IP matters. Giorgio Mondini recently advised Univideo regarding the online distribution of audiovisual works.

Nctm Studio Legale provides ‘high-quality legal analyses’ on the full spread of transactional and regulatory TMT matters. Carlo Grignani advised Experian Holding Italia on the integration of its Italian business units into Experian-Cerved Information Services, a joint venture.

CMS is particularly strong in IT matters and recently advised Infogroup on several outsourcing agreements. The team also acted for telemedicine website Ultraspecialisti on privacy and regulatory issues. Italo de Feo and Paolo Scarduelli are the names to note.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP exclusively focuses on competition advice in the media and telecoms sector, where it recently represented Telecom Italia and Sky Italia in ICA investigations. Mario Siragusa and Marco D’Ostuni are the key contacts.

IT and data protection is the core of ICT Legal Consulting – Studio Legale Associato Balboni, Bolognini & Partners’ service offering. In 2016, Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on data protection compliance. Other clients include Sky Italia, Technogym and BP Italia.

Legance – Avvocati Associati often represents telecoms clients such as BT Italia, Fastweb and PosteMobile before the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM), but also handles contentious, regulatory and transactional matters in the media and advertising sector. Former practice head Gilberto Nava joined Chiomenti Studio Legale.

Osborne Clarke’s TMT industry group has established a particularly strong data protection practice, but also advises on other regulatory and transactional matters. Key clients include Facebook, Uber and GoPro. Edoardo Tedeschi is the key contact.


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