Firms in the Spotlight Industry focus: TMT
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Industry focus: TMT in Italy
Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie fields a team with 'exceptional know how', which is equally competent handling both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of the sector. Francesca Gaudino specialises in privacy and data security; Raffaele Giarda has 'outstanding knowledge' of the telecoms sector; and Lorenzo De Martinis' expertise in technology and media has been instrumental in the firm's recent work for Sky Italia (including litigation). Other areas of expertise include cutting-edge work for automotive and gaming companies, and regulatory advice to one of the largest online video content providers.
‘In my opinion, what makes this practice unique is its competence, its availability to give immediate feedback and its business-oriented stance. Paolo Galli is very smart and competent.’
‘Baker has an extremely solid, well-established and well-known TMT practice, that can provide advice on more traditional fields (e.g. data privacy) as well as on emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain and artificial intelligence). The team is very responsive, with great availability even on very short notice and in emergencies. Opinions are always very well-structured and easy to read for a business stakeholder.’
‘Andrea Mezzetti is a very talented professional. He is reliable, solid, strong, with an extraordinary business acumen and problem-solving approach. He has a very clear and effective communication style allowing him to be easy to understand for business stakeholders.’
‘Exceptional know-how, multi-aspect thinking, on-time availability, great collaborative spirit, great understanding of non-legal aspects of technical topics we have worked together on. Overall, they are very nice people I always want to work with.’
‘Very cordial, easy to talk to, always available for calls or queries. Andrea Mezzetti and Roberto Cursano have provided me with spot-on advice, and a high level of engagement and professionalism.’
‘The team has outstanding knowledge of the topics, and they provide a reliable and quick legal opinion, tailor-made to the needs of the specific customer.’
‘Raffaele Giarda is characterized by an outstanding knowledge of the topic and how to fit said knowledge to the need of the customer, on top of a very professional and pleasant personality. Andrea Mezzetti is very reliable with a deep knowledge of the topics and coordinated for us a very broad and comprehensive project worldwide with incredible results.’
- Assisting a major Italian payment system platform with negotiations concerning the provision of new payment system platforms to various central banks established in different jurisdictions.
- Advising Linkem on regulatory, commercial and IT issues related to Linkem’s operations in Italy.
- Assisting Sky Italia with a wide spectrum of legal matters, such as IP, media, advertising, as well as acting in litigation regarding various copyright issues.
The IP and technology team at DLA Piper has been bolstered by a number of new recruits recently, most notably Marco de Morpurgo, who joined in October 2018 from Allen & Overy - Studio Legale Associato. The practice's client base has also been boosted by a number of high-profile client wins, including multinational companies Goldman Sachs and 21st Century Fox. Alessandro Boso Caretta was able to draw on his expertise in the telecoms area to advise on Vodafone's auction bid for 5G frequencies. Privacy expert Giulia Zappaterra is also noted.
‘A comprehensive one-stop shop for legal assistance to a multinational company. Deep knowledge of TMT industry; striving for innovation and using new technology to provide value to customers (GDPR, legal tech blogs, chatbots).’
‘Alessandro Boso Caretta has a deep knowledge of the telco sector from a TMT/antitrust/regulation perspective, allowing him to provide very valuable advice.’
‘Always available. Great attitude in finding concrete and effective solutions.‘
‘Competence, constant innovation and understanding of customer needs. The DLA law firm has many valuable years of experience in the telecoms sector and is able to combine knowledge of legal aspects with that of regulatory aspects. It is also a firm which is very attentive to collaboration with the company’s internal lawyers, and is able to give answers and feedback in a very short time while ensuring a high standard of quality.’
‘Alessandro Boso Caretta manages the team composed of Bice Di Sano and Massimo d’Andrea in an efficient and effective manner. He is now one of the leading experts on the legal and regulatory aspects of the telecoms sector.‘
‘Bice di Sano: combines profound competence with great care for the relationship with the customer.’
‘Massimo D’Andrea: despite his young age he is already in possession of a recognized competence in the field of telecoms and media. Great ability in drafting legal proceedings that are particularly clear and effective.’
‘Alessandro Boso Caretta: competence, professionalism, ethics, vision.‘
21st Century Fox
- Representing Vodafone against an appeal lodged by Fastweb in an antitrust action.
- Assisting 21st Century Fox with its global GDPR project.
- Advising UniCredit on a dispute arising from a data breach that affected the personal data of over 700,000 clients, potentially worth €10m.
Hogan Lovells International LLP 's client list includes a number of globally recognised brands and it is highly regarded in the TMT sector for its 'business-oriented solutions' and the depth and range of its expertise. Team head Marco Berliri, who one of the best-known TMT lawyers in Italy, recently represented YouTube in liability and copyright infringement matters. The practice's work is at the cutting edge of legal issues related to the sector, from advice on tourism regulation (for Expedia) to online consumer protection (for Uber). Massimiliano Masnada is an expert in privacy and data protection law.
‘The TMT department stands out for its capacity to understand the request immediately. They are incredibly knowledgeable in IT/TMT matters and very quick to reply. They know the market and the business very well, and are able to identify business-oriented solutions to legal issues. Marco Berliri, the head of the IT/TMT team, is an outstanding professional. He is always available even at short notice, up-to-date and clever, very business-oriented, quick to reply. He has a deep knowledge of the TMT world both from a business and a legal standpoint, on both national and international issues. Alberto Bellan, senior associate in the IT/TMT team, is a passionate litigator and also an academic. He is very curious and always up to date with the most recent developments of law in the IT world. Paola La Gumina, counsel in the IT/TMT team, is one of the first lawyers in Italy to have specialized on TMT matters, and has a deep knowledge of the market and of the many legal issues that it has attracted down the years. She delivers precise and full advice, making complex matters easy to solve.’
‘The team has an extensive experience in ISP liability matters. All members of the team are very dedicated to the client. Marco Berliri and Alberto Bellan are exceptional practitioners. They are very knowledgeable and reliable and always strive to give a creative solution and outlook on legal issues.’
- Representing ITV against a claim brought in Italy by a competing broadcaster.
- Advising Expedia on compliance with online tourism regulations and online consumer protection.
- Assisting Uber with e-commerce, regulatory, commercial and consumer protection issues, including Ride (for car transportation), Jump (for bikes and mopeds) and Uber Eats (for food delivery).
Ernesto Apa (head of media and telecoms), Laura Liguori (head of technology) and Francesco Portolano (head of TMT transactions) jointly head the 'very dynamic' digital, media and technology team at Portolano Cavallo. The department is distinguished by its strong link with the US via its New York office, and its innovative approach to technology. High-profile clients include streaming platforms, TV channels, internet and film production companies, as well as non-TMT sector clients, for which the firm provides assistance with data protection, privacy and regulatory matters.
‘The Portolano Cavallo team has specific competence in the TMT sector, which I consider unique among the law firms. In addition, its assistance is a model of absolute excellence, thanks to its responsiveness, speed and punctuality and, above all, its ability to respond to questions and problems of a legal nature according to the customer’s business wishes.’
‘A very dynamic and strong boutique, and a leader in the media industry with a particular focus on innovation. Francesco Portolano combines broad legal experience with a unique commercial acumen. Ernesto Apa is a guru in the media sector.’
‘A fantastic, clear, responsive team, providing pragmatic advice within demanding time frames. Ernesto Apa always gives top-quality advice.‘
‘They have an in-depth knowledge of each and every aspect of the media industry and are able to quickly understand the specific needs of the client, focus on them and tailor the service case by case. As a result, their assistance is time saving and cost-efficient. Ernesto Apa is very well known in the industry both for his professional and personal skills. He has an amazing capacity to understand his clients’ needs, and also suggest and support when assessing the impact on business of any new law or decision.‘
‘One of the few full-service media/entertainment firms on the market. Ernesto Apa has a truly unique combination of skills and assets: extensive academic knowledge, a practical business-oriented mindset. He always delivers and goes beyond.’
Gilberto Nava heads the IP, TMT and data protection department at Chiomenti, which acts for a number of major clients in the TMT sector. The team has been active recently in M&A matters for media clients, and has also been kept busy handling administrative matters for telecoms companies. Giulio Vecchi was promoted to counsel in January 2019; he has expertise in regulatory and IT contracts, among other areas. Recent highlights include advising Discovery Italia on obtaining an exemption, from the Italian competition authority, from the broadcasting and investment obligations concerning digital terrestrial channels.
Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano
De Agostini Group
- Assisting Mediaset with a deal with Sky.
- Advising Kaleyra on a number of legal and regulatory issues related to key business concerns as well as its relationship with the Italian Communications Authority and major market operators.
- Advising Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano on the planning of the construction of ultra-broadband infrastructures.
Gianni & Origoni
Headed by Francesco Gianni and Nino Di Bella, the TMT team at Gianni & Origoni focuses on a number of different fields, including media and entertainment, and technology. Luca Rinaldi is another key name and has been particularly active recently handling projects for Sky Italia. He recently represented the client in multiple IP and television rights matters, as well as defending it against allegations of illegal conduct in the fourth season of the TV show Masterchef. Daniele Vecchi is a key name for data protection work.
‘Luca Rinaldi is very competent and obsessive in attention to detail, and always available.’
De Agostini Editore
Fondazione Modena Arti Visive
Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana
- Assisting BNP Paribas, Société Générale and UniCredit with the €3.5bn project financing of the open fiber broadband project.
- Assisting Hoval with structuring, drafting and implementing new standard contracts, allowing it to shift from a SaaP to SaaS business model in Italy.
- Representing Sky Italia in a complex IP dispute filed by the alleged creator of a TV format entitled ‘I’m a photographer’.
Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati applies its 'deep market knowledge' to matters relating to all three disciplines of TMT, and acts for high-profile multinational clients including Disney and Amazon. Domenico Colella, who leads on outsourcing projects and M&A, heads the TMT department, which covers advisory and litigation in many areas including e-commerce, entertainment and IT. The firm has a particular strength in IP. In a recent highlight, Colella advised Axel Johnson International on the acquisition of AMC Instruments.
‘Domenico Colella is exceptional at negotiating. He combines deep market knowledge and technical/legal skills.‘
‘Always available, 24/7, very professional and strongly skilled. Fabrizio Sanna is an outstanding lawyer, always available to solve a problem, very skilled and professional with an extensive experience and personal knowledge of the law. He is brilliant and innovative, smart and precise, reliable and trustworthy. I’ve never worked with anyone more efficient!‘
The Walt Disney Company
Axel Johnson International
ITV Global Entertainment
- Advising Amazon on a number of projects related to Alexa’s capabilities and skills.
- Acting for the Walt Disney Company in precautionary proceedings against telecoms company Wind concerning the unauthorised exploitation of the Star Wars saga characters.
- Assisting Prelios with the development of a web-based platform for the negotiation of the acquisition of portfolios of non-performing loans among institutional investors.
Bird & Bird's technology and communications team is jointly headed by chairman Massimiliano Mostardini, head of telecoms Arturo Leone, head of IT Roberto Camilli, and head of media Giovanni Galimberti. The firm has particular expertise in the IP areas of copyright, trade marks and patents. It has recently represented the main Italian telecom company Telecom Italia in a series of disputes involving antitrust and IP law (advertising and copyright violations). The team also advises a number of high-profile domestic and international clients in the technology and media sectors. Counsel Federico Marini Balestra has in-depth expertise in TMT law and regulations.
- Assisting Telecom Italia with an in-depth cartel investigation by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) into the communications sector.
- Assisting Dailymotion with matters of copyright violation caused by content delivered by its users.
- Acting for Hoepli Publishing House on the negotiation of audio books right licensing, in several copyright infringement cases and on the negotiation of copyright distribution agreements.
Headed by 'TMT guru' Giangiacomo Olivi, the 'very dynamic and motivated' team at Dentons has been praised for 'striving for innovation and excellence'. Olivi's work includes strategic and commercial advice to high-profile technology and communications companies, dealing with data management, digital transformation, outsourcing and commercial transactions. The team also has experience acting for multinational media companies, including Warner Bros, where it assists with moral rights, rights for theatrical exploitation and contracts for the sale and purchase of copyright. Saverio Cavalcanti has expertise in privacy and data protection and 'very deep knowledge of media law'.
‘The Dentons team has a very efficient approach to dealing with issues. The other element that distinguishes the TMT team is the importance of the human relationship that allows them to work in complete harmony with the client.‘
‘Giangiacomo Olivi: for the great competence he demonstrates, the human depth and the simplicity in explaining and resolving the matters.’
‘The professionalism and comprehensiveness of assistance are certainly the key points of this study. The whole team is diligent and at the complete disposal of the customer at all times. The assistance is complete and professional, and the cordiality makes everything pleasant and satisfying. The competence demonstrated by lawyers Giangiacomo Olivi, Saverio Cavalcanti and Valeria Schiavo is unlikely to be found in other firms of equal importance and size.‘
GUT Edizioni Group
- Assisting Coima with the technology set-up of the new Milan Smart District.
- Assisting Nexi with the review of its digital payment strategy and outsourcing issues.
- Advising Huawei on the launch of 5G trials in Italy.
Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners focuses on providing specialised advice for traditional media, telecoms and entertainment companies, as well as for football organisations and teams. Name partners Mario Gallavotti and Antonio Bernardini head the practice and have expertise in sports law and media law respectively. The team receives a steady stream of work from multinational film and television companies and it frequently advises on development projects relating to film production and distribution both in Italy and globally. Stefano La Porta also lends his 'great expertise' and 'pragmatism' to the firm's relationships with major sporting organisations, including the Federazione Italiana Giuoco del Calcio (FIGC).
‘They are very well-organized, they have a great know-how of the industry, and they always provide their services in a timely manner. Chiara Della Casa has a very deep knowledge of Italian cinema law and always updates us about relevant changes. She and Antonio Bernardini are both professional and competent, and they are always willing to give their advice in a timely manner. We very much appreciate their assistance.‘
- Advising Warner Bros. on several development projects with leading writers and directors in Italy for film co-production and distribution in Italy and abroad.
- Assisting BBC Studios with the assessment of licence and contractual matters related to the exploitation of international formats.
- Advising FIGC on all phases of project management for the organisation of UEFA Euro 2020.
In 2019, BonelliErede strengthened its commitment to this area by reorganising its team to launch a dedicated digital innovation focus group. Coordinated by Tommaso Faelli, who has expertise in IP, IT and privacy, the group has four main focus points: data and cybersecurity, fintech, insurtech and start-ups. The group draws on the strengths of the whole firm and cross-practice teams frequently include professionals who are specialists in areas ranging from insurance regulation to tax and corporate law. It has recently received a steady stream of instructions from insurance companies.
- Assisting Groupama and G-Evolution with the renegotiation of the insurance telematic services agreements with Octo worth €60m.
- Advising Unipol on agreements with various IT providers for an insurance telematic management platform in a deal worth €60m.
- Assisting AlfaEvolution with agreements with various IT providers for an insurance telematic management platform.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has a particular focus on handling competition and regulatory issues and is praised for the 'excellent quality of the advice provided'. Marco D’Ostuni is recognised for his assistance to some of the largest telecoms companies, and litigates before Italian civil and administrative courts. It has acted in a number of disputes for Sky Italia.
‘Unique team, great competence, commitment, effectiveness, orientation to results.‘
‘The firm is characterized by the excellent quality of the advice provided by its lawyers. In particular, the selection and internal organization is such that it is always followed by competent experts. Marco D’Ostuni is the professional who for years has followed the subject of high-level telecoms and has gained expertise at national and international level that distinguishes him from others in this field.’
CMS' technology, media and communications team specialises in IT work, including contracts, drafting and the negotiation of agreements, advertising and data protection issues, and GDPR compliance. Italo de Feo has specialist expertise in commercial and technology law, while fellow co-head Paolo Scarduelli assists primarily with corporate, corporate finance, M&A and antitrust matters. The firm acts for a broad range of clients, including IT and telecom companies and investors, through to publishers, and telemedicine companies, where the firm has niche expertise. Matia Campo joined as counsel from Accenture in September 2019. Emilio Battaglia, Isabella Fortunato and Marisa Pellegrino are also noted.
‘A very good team. They combine competition law expertise with regulatory knowledge, both on transactional matters and litigation. They provide quick and effective advice. Italo De Feo and counsel Matia Campo are easy to work with and have strong technical skills.’
‘Emilio Battaglia provides timely advice and smart solutions with a pragmatic approach. Isabella Fortunato provides high-quality assistance in criminal court for managers and deeply competent advice and opinions. Marisa Pellegrino provides assistance on compliance topics and company law with accuracy and fast feedback.‘
Corriere dello Sport
- Advising Comcast on the media, telecoms and gambling regulation aspects of its bid for Sky.
- Assisting Accenture with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the provision of IT services and products.
- Advising Deliveroo Italy on its commercial contracts, advertising and data protection issues, including in connection with contracts with restaurants and restaurant chains.
Cugia Cuomo & Associati
Cugia Cuomo & Associati has a particular strength in the TMT sector and is a member of the WorldIT Lawyers network. Founding partner Fabrizio Cugia Di Sant'Orsola heads the TMT team, which handles regulatory assistance and IT contracts, e-commerce, fintech and some regulatory litigation. Another particular strength is compliance, especially in relation to GDPR. A highlight of 2019 was advising Daimler Mercedez-Benz on compliance for the mobile connectivity of its vehicles. Silvia Giampaolo is another key lawyer.
Numero Blu Servizi
Daily Telecom Mobile
- Advising Hoila on regulatory compliance procedures for the launch of its mobile service.
- Assisting TSI-Payment with Italian regulations in preparation for the introduction of a new e-money service and an e-wall for online gambling.
- Acting for Ambrogio in litigation against ENI on agency termination indemnities.
ICT Legal Consulting specialises exclusively in information and communication technology, data protection and IP. The firm underwent significant growth in 2019, opening practice in Helsinki and attracting a number of new clients. Clients include high-profile domestic and multinational brands drawn from diverse sectors such as the fashion, food and automotive industries. A major source of work lies in drafting and negotiating IT contracts, transferring personal data and GDPR compliance. Founding partners Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini are the key names. Of counsel Francesco Torlontano has expertise in IT law.
‘Effective project planning, exhaustive answers, in-depth approach to problems, responsiveness, specific knowledge, complete feedback.‘
‘The quality of the lawyers is very good. In particular, the work of Luca Bolognini is outstanding. They are all not only very competent in data protection matters, but also extremely accurate and careful in understanding the client’s needs. Moreover, response times are very fast and the advice is always precise. Luca Bolognini, one of the founding partners, has demonstrated capabilities to deal with very complex privacy contexts, also involving cross-border considerations, always advising in an accurate and business-sensitive manner.’
‘Excellent competence and specific knowledge of the subject, as well as in relation to other legal aspects concerning the business activity. Maximum availability and responsiveness to requests. Preparation and experience very often stimulate new solutions.’
‘Excellent practical approach, giving concrete answers and solutions adaptable to the business reality. They certainly demonstrate a high degree of competence and knowledge of the subject combined with the ability to find a language suitable for the client.’
‘The firm specialises in IT and information security issues. It is able to offer qualified assistance also thanks to the collaboration of various technical consultants who work in synergy with the study. Paolo Balboni has a recognized expertise, also at international level, in the sector. Nicola Franchetto has a practical but high added-value approach.‘
Value Retail Management Italy
- Acting as a data protection officer to Virgin Active Italia, advising on data protection compliance.
- Assisting Samsung with administrative liability issues.
- Advising Ferragamo on the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts.
With strong experience in the telecoms sector, the TMT team at Legance - Avvocati Associati stands out for its specialism in administrative and regulatory law. Team head Valerio Mosca, who was promoted to counsel in 2019, maintains a focus on judicial proceedings and M&A transactions for telecoms and media companies. His 'deep knowledge' of the sector was also called upon when he assisted major client Iliad with its public tender for the assignment of 5G frequencies, a complex matter worth €1.3bn. Elsewhere, the practice's expertise spans e-commerce, internet services and day-to-day assistance for media and entertainment companies.
‘The most important quality of the Legance Team in the TMT sector is the ability to reach the expected goal. The team is extremely helpful planning legal solutions and strategies that also take into account our business needs. They are reliable and possess a high level of quality. In addition, Legance combines a deep knowledge of the TLC sector with a strong comprehension of the technical aspects of the company’s activity.’
‘Valerio Mosca, the team head, has a deep knowledge of the TLC sector (also from a technical standpoint), and his work is characterized by the quality of advice, and by his understanding of the business needs of the company.’
Assotelecomunicazioni – Asstel
Gruppo San Donato
- Assisting F2i with the €580m acquisition of Persidera.
- Assisting F2i and Mediaset with the public tender offer of EI Towers, worth €1.61bn.
- Representing Postepay in several judicial proceedings concerning annual contributions to Italian Communications Authority (Agcom).
Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale maintains firm relationships with a number of publishing companies for books and music, assisting them with rights issues. 'Excellent litigator' Giorgio Mondini provides IP advice, and is well versed in matters relating to advertising through social media, specifically social influencer regulations. In recent work in this field, he, Silvia Mondini (a privacy and copyright specialist) and Anna Carabelli provided legal opinions to RAI on the consequences of the implementation in Italy of the EU directive regarding collecting societies.
‘A very reliable firm with a highly professional and practical approach, very good quality and reasonable prices. I like how Giorgio Mondini and Fabio Ghiretti approach the matters, their capacity to find solutions and the useful meetings we always have on the cases we entrust to them.’
‘The firm takes advantage of the extensive experience in the field of its leader, Giorgio Mondini, and of the enthusiasm and capacities of a group of younger lawyers led by Mr Fabio Ghiretti. In my opinion, they provide the right mix of experience and innovativeness that is needed in current times to face the challenges coming from TMT.‘
‘Giorgio Mondini stands out for his experience in the area of copyright law, which he masters from the height of a long term practice and intellectual curiosity. Fabio Ghiretti is an enthusiast, who actually enjoys learning about technological developments and elaborating on their legal implications. Francesca Milani is a young lawyer that stands out for dedication, readiness, and capacity.’
‘Unique in-depth knowledge of Italian and EU Copyright Law. The team is very experienced with excellent client responsiveness and creative solutions. Giorgio Mondini is an excellent litigator and consultant on all types of IP matters. He brings a personal touch to client relations. Sylvia Mondini and Anna Carabelli are also very good IP lawyers.’
‘Historically, the firm has always been at the forefront of the technological evolution of this sector and this allows us to always find the correct and up-to-date answer. The team of people has the right mix of people with strong legal experience and people with strong knowledge of new technologies.’
‘Silvia Mondini has a great knowledge of the market both from a legal and technological point of view and this makes it unique compared to other firms which, with the same legal skills, were not equally prepared on the technological dimension.’
Agenzia per lo Sviluppo dell’Editoria Audiovisiva
Warner Chappell Music Italiana
RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
Ponderosa Music & Art
- Representing RBA Italia in a case against Ugo Mursia Editore l related to the promotion by RBA of the series I viaggi straordinari by Jules Verne on the Italian market.
- Assisting Univideo in its dialogue with Agcom (Italian Communications Authority) about the possibility for the former to challenge the legitimacy of a service company meant to manage the secondary distribution of the private copying levy on behalf of Univideo.
- Assisting Univideo and Agenzia per lo Sviluppo dell’Editoria Audiovisiva (the Agency for the Development of Audio Visual Publishing) with the interpretation of the liberalisation of the activity of collection of equitable remuneration and of the connected rights.
With a broad area of focus across the TMT sector, Nctm Studio Legale often acts for major multinational companies on corporate and competition-related matters, including litigation. Noted for his 'ability to combine strategic advice with a strong technical background', team head Vittorio Noseda is regularly called on for advice on extraordinary transactions or joint ventures, such as his assistance to Vodafone relating to its €5bn joint venture with Telecom Italia; also involved in this matter was Carlo Grignani. Jacopo Arnaboldi was promoted to partner in April 2019, providing experience in contract and corporate law.
‘Nctm is extremely responsive to customer needs, and has speed and quality like few other firms. Vittorio Noseda is one of the best lawyers I know. An excellent lawyer, he knows how to grasp the needs of customers immediately.‘
‘Nctm is very strong in TelCo network related issues, with a proven track record and ability to manage complexity around aspects of technology. Vittorio Noseda has a unique ability to combine strategic advice with strong technical background. Carlo Grignani as well.‘
‘In general, we saw that tax and legal teams at Nctm worked closely and in a highly coordinated way, creating value for clients and reducing complexities as a one-stop-shop firm should do. It is also worth mentioning the excellent value for money. Carlo Grignani has a quick and deep understanding of the complex technological background of our project, and shows a strong knowledge of the IT and media sector. His outstanding technical competence, proactive approach, extremely focused advice, clever support in the strategic decision-taking process and, last but not least, friendly and amicable approach, are all elements of Carlo and Nctm team’s first class service provision. Federico Trutalli is well known for his concrete approach in solving complex tax issues. He often works on tax matters relating to TMT.’
Deutsche Bank Italia
Sony Interactive Italia
- Representing Telecom Italia in the Supreme Court against antitrust damages claims brought by Brennercom (€3m) and Teleunit (€5m).
- Advising Sony on drafting and negotiating the contracts for PS Now.
- Assisting Soundreef, a music copyright collecting society, with its attempt to enter the Italian market.
With 'a strong knowledge of EU data protection and ad-tech', Osborne Clarke is able to keep abreast of some of the most pressing developments facing its clients in TMT. Team head Gianluigi Marino often advises clients on GDPR and related matters, as well as providing business-oriented advice in more traditional areas, such as TV and telecoms. Working alongside him is Federico Ferrara, an IP specialist with a niche in the music industry; he recently represented Sony Music Italy in a high-value copyright dispute against RAI in the Supreme Court.
‘Team is great, very proactive and gives a fast response on any kind of question asked. Up-to-date knowledge, experience and business focus are its strengths.‘
‘The Osborne Clarke TMT team is outstanding for the following reasons: although they are a small team in Italy, they are always up-to-date and available even on very tight schedules. They are very pragmatic, and they go straight to the point, which is of pivotal importance for in-house lawyers. For instance, the way they draft their legal opinions is very useful as they provide for short overviews (a bit longer than an executive summary) with an indication of the risks, which is extremely easy to share with business people and then the full legal analysis attached for the lawyers.’
‘I would like to recommend Gianluigi Marino. He’s extremely skilled, knows the industry very well, and is one of the very few young Italian lawyers who have specialized in TMT matters since the beginning of their career. He’s very responsive, clear and gives you detailed advice but also very pragmatic solutions even on a short notice.’
‘When it comes to privacy, the partner Gianluigi Marino is the go-to-guy. He not only knows by heart the GDPR and related regulations, but he is also able to deliver practical solutions that help the business to grow without taking any unnecessary risks. He is definitely the guru of privacy laws in Italy.‘
‘Gianluigi Marino is very responsive, knowledgeable of the industry, pragmatic. Always available, he is a true business partner.‘
‘Gianluigi Marino has in-depth knowledge in the TMT field and the capacity to anticipate clients’ needs. These characteristics make him an outstanding lawyer with whom companies can smoothly work.’
‘They have a great capacity to understand business needs, displaying responsiveness and excellent team work.’
‘It is a very modern studio that travels in step with business. Federico Ferrara is an exceptional lawyer. He is very experienced and prepared with the ability to think outside the box that is not easy to find.’
Sony Music Entertainment Italy
Associazione Produttori Audiovisivi
Integral Ad Science
PDU Music & Productions
Kindred Italy and Kindred Group
- Acting for Christian Vieri on the negotiation and conclusion of a contract with Gillette, including a range of image rights and other contractual issues connected with the ‘shave like a bomber’ campaign launched in Spring 2019.
- Advising Kindred, part of a major online gaming group, on a range of advertising law, employment, commercial and dispute resolution matters.
- Advising Integral Ad Science, a leading US ad-tech company, on a range of issues connected with its opening on the Italian market, including on the drafting of service agreements with Italian companies.
Simmons & Simmons advises clients, many of which are in the telecoms sector, on traditional IT matters, including outsourcing contracts and the structuring of online platforms, as well as data and GDPR compliance and regulatory matters. Practice head and TMT expert Edoardo Tedeschi, who is praised for his 'excellent guidance and oversight', joined from Osborne Clarke in September 2018, boosting the firm's capabilities in the sector. Alessandra Bianchi is 'very effective and a pleasure to deal with'.
‘High competence, experience, speed and availability. Experienced, available and very competent professionals.’
PCCW Global BV
Gateway Global Communication
China Telecom Europe
- Assisting Axyon AI with the contracts related to the outsourcing of its technology for AI and algorithms.
- Assisting Ferdinand Bilstein Italia with data and GDPR issues.
- Advising Reply on the structuring of a car-sharing platform initial token offering.
Name partners Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo head the technology, media and communications team at Trevisan & Cuonzo. The firm assists clients, especially in the media and entertainment areas, with privacy and GDPR compliance, as well as negotiating supply agreements. Disputes also feature in its workload, with recent work including a matter involving accusations of plagiarism in the music business before the Supreme Court. Lia Puntieri and Giulia Affer, who stands out for her 'excellent professional skills', are also noted.
‘I believe this practice is equipped with experienced and talented attorneys, with both professional and human qualities. Each time, we received efficient support within a short time frame. The expertise of this practice, not only in IP subjects, is unquestionable. Everyone at Trevisan & Cuonzo is talented, displaying serious professionalism and proficiency.‘
‘Daniela Ampollini stands out from the crowd, thanks to her expertise, skills and accuracy. Her legal support is and has been fundamental. Furthermore, each meeting with her has been a development opportunity for everyone in our company.’
Studio Legale Biamonti
Boutique firm Studio Legale Biamonti has a core focus on TMT and IP matters and specialises in advising on corporate and commercial matters for clients in the media sector. Marzia Amiconi and Mauro Amiconi are the key names to note.
LCA Studio Legale handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the TMT sector. The group's recent caseload also includes data protection and cyber security matters. Andrea Messuti focuses on M&A, financing and investment transactions as well as corporate governance and regulatory matters. Edoardo Calcaterra assisted Triboo S.p.A. with establishing a joint venture with International Luxury Group, through its subsidiary Swiss Watch Group DWC LLC for the development of digital services. Gianluca De Cristofaro specialises in data protection and advertising matters.
GK Software GE
- Assisted Eutelsat Group with the setting up of a new service consisting of the installation and maintenance of terminals sold by Eutelsat’s parent company to distributors.
- Advising Marketplaats B.V. on several TMT, IT, corporate and commercial issues relating to its business in Italy.
- Acted for TeamSystem Group in a number of claims and litigation regarding licence and developing software agreements executed with its clients.
Morri Rossetti e Associati
Morri Rossetti e Associati handles a mix of corporate and commercial matters, as well as data protection mandates. Carlo Impalà heads the TMT and data protection team, and is recommended for corporate mandates and regulatory matters.
‘We have received a careful, precise and competent assistance that has reserved to the company to correctly frame the problems and to identify the best and most appropriate professional and commercial solutions‘.
Data 4 Italy S.r.l.
Data 4 Servicies S.r.l.
- Advised Data 4 Italy S.r.l. on the negotiation of a works contract with a number of parties involved in the opening of a new smart-data centre.
- Acted for UCI Italia S.p.A. on a restructuring plan executed through mergers.