Firm Profile > Trevisan & Cuonzo > Milan, Italy

Trevisan & Cuonzo
20121 MILANO

Intellectual property Tier 1

Trevisan & Cuonzo receives high praise as a boutique with 'considerable' experience in life sciences patent litigation and for its knowledge of the Italian healthcare system, which allows the team to provide sector-specific and commercially relevant patent litigation assistance. The firm's lawyers advise on cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, patent infringement or revocation matters. Co-founder Gabriel Cuonzo has decades of court experience and enjoys a 'strong reputation', while fellow co-founder Luca Trevisan is a 'seasoned star.' Julia Holden is jointly qualified as an English solicitor and Italian attorney, while Giulia Affer is also well regarded.


‘The firm is very responsive and always acknowledges requests promptly.’

‘The firm has a deep knowledge of Italian patent law, which allows it to provide extensive advice as well as set out appropriate steps to mitigate potential risks.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is a senior individual in the practice with significant long-standing experience in IP matters’

‘Trevisan & Cuonzo appears to be the firm of choice for pharmaceutical multinational companies in patent infringement or revocation matters.’

‘This firm is one of the leading innovator pharmaceutical litigation firms in Italy. They possess a wealth of experience in this sector, and have extremely knowledgeable senior partners, supported by talented partners and associates. They possess a wealth of first hand knowledge of the interplay between generics and branded pharmaceuticals in their market.’

‘Donatella Capelli is a partner in the firm, an excellent advocate and is incredibly thorough and detail orientated. She also possesses a wealth of experience in this sector’

‘Deep knowledge in all matters concerning intellectual property.’

‘Luca Trevisan is a technical expert, particularly concerning patents.’

Key clients



3M Company

Golden Lady Company SpA

Beiersdorf AG


All Star – Converse

Jaguar Land Rover




Heraeus Medical GMBH and Heraeus S.p.A. / Biomet

Industry focus: Food Tier 3

Well respected for its 'extensive' knowledge, the team at Trevisan & Cuonzo works for clients in the food industry, providing assistance with IP and trade mark matters in Italy and abroad. Headed by Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo, the practice is particularly experienced in bringing cases before courts relating to the protection of different food varieties (especially fruit, vegetable and cereal varieties). Vincenzo Acquafredda, head of the Bari office, is also known for his expertise in food law, which he brought to bear on a matter for Sicasov, a French cooperative which defends breeders' rights over their plant creations.

Practice head(s):


I usually work with Mrs Daniela Ampollini. She has deep knowledge in the intellectual property field.

Key clients



O.P. Secondulfo




Grape & Grape Group

Bifulco Luciano


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo's 'top-class', 'responsive and extremely knowledgeable' healthcare and life sciences team, led by name partners Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo, is very strong in IP and patent litigation. The 'impressive, sensible and very responsiveLuca Pellicciari is another key team member. The 'incredibly thorough and detail-oriented' Donatella Capelli is a strong trade mark litigator with over 10 years' experience of pharmaceutical and biotech litigation, who also advises on competition law and antitrust issues. Many of the firm's clients are global brands from the pharmaceutical sector, whose matters draw on the team's multijurisdictional assistance and knowledge of EU law.

Practice head(s):


Strong track record in Italian patent litigation, they are responsive and extremely knowledgeable with a good eye on strategy and in-depth understanding of court procedure and options.’

There is clear life sciences expertise within the team. They are responsive, happy to engage with clarifying questions and seem to understand client’s commercial goals.’

This firm is one of the leading innovator pharmaceutical litigation firms in Italy. They possess a wealth of experience in this sector, and have extremely knowledgeable senior partners, supported by talented partners and associates. They possess a wealth of first-hand knowledge of the interplay between generics and branded pharmaceuticals in their market. They work hard and are a pleasure to work with.’

Top-class team in Italy, with good strategic insight to help navigate the Italian litigation landscape and best position the case.’

Italy is a tricky market for life sciences. Trevisan & Cuonzo stand out for their excellence in this area.

Luca Pellicciari has been impressive, sensible and very responsive, with a good turnaround of well thought-through work product. Gabriel Cuonzo: well established as a leading patent litigator in Italy, brings gravitas to the case.

Gabriel Cuonzo clearly has experience and expertise in life sciences patent litigation and launch strategies. It was an easy working relationship – he clearly understood our questions and advised accordingly.’

Gabriel Cuonzo – Gabriel is one of the named partners and there isn’t much he doesn’t know about IP litigation and the pharmaceutical market in Italy. Donatella Capelli is a partner in the firm, an excellent advocate and is incredibly thorough and detail oriented. She also possesses a wealth of experience in this sector. Federica Bocedi and Lorenzo Battarino are up-and-coming associates who add great strength and depth to the team. Their support work is first-rate.

Name partner and co-founder Gabriel Cuonzo has decades of experience that allows him to steer the strategic direction of the toughest cases with aplomb. Daniela Ampollini is a go-to in Italy for many big life sciences clients and brings a confident, assured and thorough approach.’

Gabriel Cuonzo is experienced and canny. He has a great brain. Daniela Ampollini is also excellent. She is responsive and knows the sector really well.’

Key clients

Heraeus Medical

Industry focus: luxury goods Tier 3

The 'extremely competent and cooperative' team at Trevisan & Cuonzo is best known for trade mark protection and enforcement, copyright, advertising, licencing and distribution matters. Clients include a number of well-known fashion and automotive brands from Italy and abroad. Julia Holden, who is an expert in IP, and Lia Puntieri, who also leads the data protection and privacy law team, are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):


They are specialised and focused on their practice with a commercial approach. They are very good at assisting both domestic and foreign clients.

Key clients

Luciano Barbera


Emaar Hotels & Resorts

Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo's retail team, which is headed by Gabriel Cuonzo, Luca Trevisan and Julia Holden, covers a diverse range of practice areas. Areas of expertise include M&A, IP and commercial agreements. Many of the firm's clients are in the fashion, jewellery, healthcare and home design sectors. Head of the commercial department Francesca Ferrero is noted for her diverse expertise in corporate and commercial law, IP, commercial litigation and labour law. Recent highlights include acting for 3M in a broad and successful enforcement programme to actively protect the company’s trade mark rights in Italy.

Key clients







EU and competition law Tier 4

Trevisan & Cuonzo has been steadily building a reputation in the EU law and competition space, driven in part by the 2019 hire of the well-regarded Mario Libertini and members of his team from Libertini Mario Studio Legale. He joined the 'committed and engaged' team as of counsel, supporting practice heads Luca Trevisan in Milan and Vittorio Cerulli Irelli in Rome.


‘Strong commitment and engagement, accountability and positive collaboration.’

‘Strong technical knowledge and skills, together with soft skills, leadership and emotional intelligence. The team is absolutely committed and engaged’

‘The team is responsive and very focussed on the client’s business needs and objectives, with a broad knowledge of EU and competition law, particularly as it pertains to IP.’

‘The firm, particularly Vittorio Cerulli Irelli, is extremely easy to work with, cooperative and inclusive, making work on a cross border matter a pleasure. Vittorio worked long and hard to make sure the matter was moving forward quickly and efficiently’.

Key clients

Industria Chimica Emiliana SpA

Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari SpA

Samsung Electronics

Nokia Italia SpA (Now Microsoft mobile) and Sony Mobile

Saint Gobain SpA

Davines SpA

Supermatic SpA

Serim SpA

Industry focus: TMT Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):


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.’

Key clients



General Electric


The firm: Trevisan & Cuonzo, established in 1993, is one of the leading independent Italian law firms, working with some of the most technologically advanced and innovative businesses and industry leaders around the globe. The firm delivers client focused, industry specific, commercially aligned legal expertise covering a wide range of industrial sectors including electronics, chemical, automotive, food and nutrition, life sciences, telecommunications,  agribusiness, media and entertainment, information technology and sports. The firm has established a commanding reputation both domestically and internationally for its success and in-depth business and industry knowledge in intellectual property, commercial and product liability litigation. The firm has a network of offices in Milan, Rome, Parma and Bari.


Intellectual Property:
The primary focus of the IP team is high profile litigation with an international dimension. The group has earned a commanding reputation for its sustained success in IP litigation, winning landmark cases since the firm opened in 1993. The intellectual property team delivers strategic and commercial advice on the procurement and exploitation of IP rights as well as high quality advocacy in the enforcement and defense of IP rights before the Italian and European courts.

Life Sciences:
The firm acts for some of the most well-known pharmaceutical and biotech businesses in the protection of blockbuster and cutting-edge pharma products as well as medical devices. The firm also has a strong pharmaceutical regulatory practice. Litigation & Arbitration: With a globally minded approach to complex cross border litigation the firm is well suited to high caliber disputes. Its fierce and proactive contentious team are known for their precise execution of litigation matters. The firm’s lawyers also have solid experience acting as mediators in IP and commercial disputes.

The firm’s competition lawyers have extensive expertise in all competition matters including cartel investigations, abuses of dominant position, unfair commercial practices and damages actions before the Courts. The firm’s particular focus lies in technology intense industrial sectors, where the team has received international recognition for handling multiple leading cases that have shaped the interface between competition law and IP in Italy. The experience of the antitrust team in navigating issues related to competition law and FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) patent licensing is second to none in Italy.

Product Liability:
Trevisan & Cuonzo delivers in-depth legal advice and representation in all areas relating to product liability. It has won significant high-profile product liability cases before the Italian courts and has solid expertise in consumer law and safety legislation. The firm is particularly active both in automotive and household domestic product liability.

Advertising: In order to deliver expertise and assistance in this dynamic fast-moving consumer product industry, the firm has established a dynamic team; experts both in legal clearance advice and in the defense of a wide range of clients before the Italian Advertising Authority preventing misleading and unfair advertising.

Information & Communication Technology:
Technologically innovative businesses are at the heart of the client base. From complex IT transactions to assistance with new technology start-ups, the team – with its IP know-how – is in an optimal position to guide clients through a complex legal framework to ensure freedom to operate for the most technologically advanced businesses. The firm regularly assist some of the world’s leading mobile device businesses in a variety of high-profile contentious matters, from ISP liability, to ICT and IP related antitrust issues.

Corporate & Commercial:
Trevisan & Cuonzo’s corporate and commercial practice consists of experienced multi-disciplinary professionals committed to assisting clients in achieving their business and financial objectives. It delivers innovative, comprehensive and specialized legal advice in all aspects of domestic and international business. The firm’s corporate and commercial lawyers offer a wide spectrum of services, including contract drafting and negotiation, due diligence reviews, company formations, litigation services and expert advice on complex cross-border transactions. Clients benefit from the team’s collective expertise and experience drawn from complementary practice areas.

Sports Law:
The team provides comprehensive legal services in all relevant aspects of the sport industry, from sports-related transactions – such as sponsorship, marketing, license agreements, event and brand ambassador contracts – to litigation before both courts and arbitration tribunals. The firm advise football teams, sports federations, sponsors and event organizers as well as professional sportsmen including footballers, cyclists and other athletes.

Photo Name Position Profile
Avv Vincenzo Acquafredda  photo Avv Vincenzo Acquafredda Intellectual Property LawCommercial LawAgri – Food LawLaw of Contracts
Avv Giulia Affer  photo Avv Giulia Affer Commercial LawProduct LiabilityIP RightsLabour LawCommercial and IP Litigation
Avv Daniela Ampollini  photo Avv Daniela Ampollini Intellectual Property LitigationPharmaceutical Regulatory and LitigationGeographical Indications and Food Technology
Avv Gabriel Cuonzo  photo Avv Gabriel Cuonzo Intellectual PropertyCommercial and Corporate LawPharmaceutical Litigation and Regulatory
Avv Giacomo Desimio  photo Avv Giacomo Desimio Commercial Law and Life SciencesContract LawProduct Liability
Avv Francesca Ferrero  photo Avv Francesca Ferrero Corporate LawCommercial LawCommercial LitigationLabour Law
Ms Julia Holden photo Ms Julia Holden Intellectual Property LawTrademark Protection and EnforcementCopyright LawCounterfeiting and Piracy Work
Avv Lia Puntieri  photo Avv Lia Puntieri Trademark LitigationCopyright and Internet LawNon Contentious Intellectual PropertyEntertainment and Gaming Law
Number of lawyers : 30
Staff : 10

Trevisan & Cuonzo – Diversity Statement

Trevisan & Cuonzo is formed by a group of lawyers committed to excellence in the practice of law with the highest ethical standards and operates as a single independent partnership.

We take seriously the need to diversify. Solutions to complex problems often require innovative approaches so a “diverse” team is most likely to provide the right assistance. We are strongly committed to the advancement of women attorneys and to achieving a male/female balance, thus approximately half the fee earners and staff are women.

Recruitment policies are based on objective and meritocratic criteria but the firm also looks to hire a varied mix of lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas, Trevisan & Cuonzo is able to put together the best matched team of lawyers for any matter.

The firm believes its clients benefit from this approach.

Social Commitment – Supporting Arts

We are committed to make a positive impact on the social community we belong to. We assist local no profit organisations and regularly sponsor and host cultural events in our in-house event location Brera.Hub.