Gianluca De Cristofaro > LCA Studio Legale > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

LCA Studio Legale
20121 MILANO

Work Department

Intellectual Property, Data Protection and TMT


Partner and Head of the IP & Privacy Department


He has been a member of the Law Firm since 2014. Before he had been associated with primary Italian and foreign law firms, such as Bonelli Erede Pappalardo of Milan, Amarjit & Advocates of New Dehli, the Intellectual Property Group of Matheson, Ormsby, Prentice of Dublin, and – as partner – MCM Avvocati of Milan.

He deals with IP (i.e., trademarks, domain names and other distinctive signs, designs and models, patents and know-how, copyright and unfair competition) and misleading and comparative advertising litigation before ordinary courts, the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Advertising Standards Authority. He assists clients in the drafting and negotiating of licence and assignment agreements, technology transfer contracts, publication contracts, testimonial and influencer marketing agreements, software-related agreements, terms and conditions referring to e-commerce platform, mobile app and social networks. He has also extensive experience in consultancy and litigation regarding data protection matters, and he assists clients in complex cybersecurity projects. Together with the other members of the IT Group, he is currently involved in assisting Italian and multinational companies in the compliance process to the European General Data Protection Regulation (n. 679/2016).
He is also Expert of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan for the disputes related to domain names “.it”.

He cooperates with the Chair of Industrial Property Law of the University of Milan Bicocca – Law School and Intellectual Property Law (patent law) of the Degree Course in Industrial Biotechnologies – Science Dept. He is author of several publications and teaches trademark and design protection, advertising and unfair competition law in both master and specialization courses.


Italian and English


He is a member of several associations, including INTA (International Trademark Association, contributing to the Enforcement Committee), INDICAM (Anti-counterfeiting Association in the Fashion and Design field, contributing as member of the Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 period), LES (Licensing Executive Society), AIPPI (International Association for the protection of Intellectual Protection) and IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals).


Ph.D. in Industrial Property Law, University of Milan (2015)
Law Degree, University of Milan-Bicocca (2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Data privacy and data protection

(Firms to watch)

LCA Studio Legale has a small privacy and data protection department with experience of data protection consultancy and litigation matters; Gianluca De Cristofaro is the key figure.

Italy > Intellectual property

LCA Studio Legale‘s IP team houses a number of professionals licensed at the Patent and Trademark Offices of Italy and also the European Union. As a result, the department is able to assist clients during the filing of IP papplications, related prosecutions and internet anti-counterfeiting activities not only in Italy, but also at the international level. Gianluca De Cristofaro heads up the group. The department also distinguishes itself through its innovation, as it makes use of a blockchain platform for the management and protection of trademarks.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT

In the TMT sector, LCA Studio Legale assists clients with its day-to-day activities as well as extraordinary transactions and litigation, especially in connection to data protection and cybersecurity. Digital marketing and advertising and related policies, agreements and licences, complete the offering. Andrea Messuti has ‘exceptional experience’ in M&A and tech investment operations; Gianluca De Cristofaro and Edoardo Calcaterra are praised for their ‘insights in the industry’ and ‘very direct and smart approach’, respectively. The trio lead the practice. Giulio Vecchi  was a new arrival in June 2022.