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Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie specialises in technology-driven transactions and IT sourcing, e-commerce and e-marketing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), fintech and data protection, as well as in broadcasting, content management, new and social media. Recent highlights include assisting Scripps Networks, which was recently incorporated by Discovery Group, with the launch of a new food network channel in Italy, and advising the producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment Technogym on the acquisition of a majority stake in Exerp. Lorenzo de Martinis, Rome-based Raffaele Giarda and counsel Paolo Galli are recommended. Francesca Gaudino is ‘one of the most important privacy experts in Italy’.

The ‘excellentDLA Piper handles major transactions, regulatory matters, privacy and technological development issues across the full TMT spectrum, including Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity and open source innovations; additionally, the team is regularly retained by clients from the retail, finance, insurance and automotive sectors seeking advice on digital and technological transformation. The practice assisted Porsche with an international project concerning the use of a technological platform for IT and data management, and advised UniCredit on the disposal of its IT division and subsequent outsourcing of business services to ICT company SIA. Alessandro Boso Carretta and the ‘easy-going and experienced’ Giulio Coraggio are recommended.Giangiacomo Olivi joined Dentons in April 2018.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale advises clients on all TMT-related issues, including regulatory, commercial, internet service providers (ISPs) liability, e-commerce, data protection and contentious matters. The practice assists Airbnb with a number of issues, including compliance with Italian laws and regulations applicable to its activities and its users’ activities. Google/YouTube, Amazon and Facebook are other notable clients. Rome-based Marco Berliri has ‘top technical competence and perfect business understanding’. Counsel Massimiliano Masnada is also recommended.

Portolano Cavallo is ‘a leading player’ in the TMT-arena, including TV, telecoms, internet, e-commerce, movies, technology, advertising, press and publishing, and advises on the full array of transactional, regulatory, litigation and data protection aspects. The ‘outstanding’ Ernesto Apa and Francesco Portolano are recommended, as is IT and data protection expert Laura Liguori.

The ‘complete and efficientGallavotti Bernardini & Partners focuses on media, entertainment and sports, communication and IT, and related intellectual and industrial property matters; the group also assists clients with related M&A, corporate and commercial transactions. Key highlights include ongoing advice to the Italian national football association FIGC on major sponsorship contracts, as well as on agreements for TV live transmission of Italy’s national football team, and assistance to Warner Bros Italia with matters concerning local co-production and distribution of motion pictures. Mario Gallavotti, Antonio Bernardini and associate Chiara Dellacasa are all recommended.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s ‘great’ TMT-team is highly adept at assisting with all matters related to internet, e-commerce and data protection, IT and outsourcing, the TV and film industry, media, publishing and entertainment, advertising, gaming and telecoms. The practice advises Yahoo! on all aspects of its Italian activities, including contractual, data protection and contentious matters, and assists Disney Group companies, including Disney Channel and EuroDisney, on contractual, regulatory, IP and litigation issues. Domenico Colella is strongly recommended. Matteo Orsingher and Marco Consonni are other names to note.

Bird & Bird’s recent highlights include advising Italian major software and digital industry company TeamSystem on a number of issues, including trademarks, copyright and unfair competition, and assisting Aeroporti di Roma with antitrust and regulatory matters regarding the provision of e-communication services to travellers. IP specialist Massimiliano Mostardini and Rome-based counsel Federico Marini-Balestra, who is an antitrust expert, are recommended.

Chiomenti Studio Legale’s recent highlights include advising the national broadband operator Tiscali on the transfer of its broadband service Tiscali Business branch to Fastweb, and assisting Vivendi with the negotiation of a deal with Telecom Italia for the distribution of Studio+ audio-visual contents through mobile devices. Gilbeto Nava and senior associate Giulio Vecchi are recommended.

Cugia Cuomo & Associati assisted Microsoft with Italian electronic communication regulations regarding licence requirements for terrestrial and submarine wiring and the set-up of telecoms infrastructure. Advising telecoms operator Alpitel on a pending procedure before the Antitrust Authority and the State Council for a cartel and antitrust matter involving Telecom Italia’s possible abuse of dominant position is another key highlight. Fabrizio Cugia di Sant’Orsola is the key contact.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised Hellman & Friedman on regulatory aspects of its acquisition of global financial technology business Allfunds Bank from Intesa Sanpaolo, Santander, General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus, and assisted Novomatic Italia with the proposed joint venture between gaming operator Lottomatica Holding and Admiral Entertainment, which is controlled by the client. Luca Ulissi is recommended.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ recent highlights include advising Sky Italia on a corporate joint venture project with some of the major Italian independent film producers, in order to create Vision Distribution, a new hub for the distribution of Italian and international films in Italy, and assisting Telecom Italia before the Toscana TAR with an appeal issued by telecoms operator Terrecabalate Reti e Servizi, which challenged the client’s win in the tender called by the University of Siena for its network connection service. Luca Rinaldi is a name to note.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale’s expertise serves the television, radio, film, music, and videogame industries, and includes advertising regulations, commercial contracts, copyright and trademarks, internet law, new technologies, privacy and transmission regulations. Warner Bros, Feltrinelli Editore and Univideo are notable clients. Giorgio Mondini and Silvia Mondini are the key contacts.

Nctm Studio Legale advises clients on a wide range of matters in the telecoms and ICT sectors, including construction, development, maintenance and operation of transmission networks, and provision of ICT products and services, as well as on mobility services and devices, and creation and development of e-commerce platforms. The practice provides ongoing assistance to Nokia on corporate and commercial matters with a specific focus on network operations. Deutsche Bank and Fujitsu are other key clients. Vittorio Noseda and Paolo Lazzarino are recommended.

CMS has been assisting Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s company Infogroup with a number of outsourcing agreements concerning the supply of IT services to banks, governmental organizations and other clients, and has been advising Italian sport newspaper publisher NES Editoriale on data protection and IP issues involved in the managing and operation of the websites of newspapers Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport, which contain tools for videos and advertising services. Italo de Feo and associate Marco Leone are names to note.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP specialises in regulatory matters, antitrust, litigation, privacy, data protection, investigation and patent-related disputes. The practice defended Telecom Italia against a damages claim by PosteMobile. Sky Italia and F2i are other notable clients. Antitrust experts Mario Siragusa and Marco D’Ostuni are the main references.

ICT Legal Consulting - Studio Legale Associato Balboni, Bolognini & Partners specialises in IT, data protection and IP. The practice regularly advises Ferrero International and Virgin Active Italia on data protection issues; Fiat Chrysler and Sky Italia are other key clients. Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini are the names to note.

Legance - Avvocati Associati is active in the electronic, communication, media and entertainment sectors, as well as in consumer protection and internet, e-commerce and information society services. The practice assisted Iliad with contractual, regulatory, consumer and distribution aspects of its proposed entry as the fourth mobile network operator in the Italian market. Fastweb and PosteMobile are other key clients. Managing associate Valerio Mosca, who was appointed head of the TMT department in October 2016, is recommended.

Osborne Clarke’s expertise includes mobile technology, computer software, block-chain technology, advertising, video-gaming, social media, satellite services, audio-visual regulatory matters and data protection. The client portfolio includes Sony Music Entertainment and US advertising company Integral Ad Science. Andrea Rizzi is the key contact.

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