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Portolano Cavallo > The Legal 500 Rankings
Italy > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1Portolano Cavallo has longstanding experience of data privacy and data protection, which have been a part of the service offering for many years. Laura Liguori heads up the team and is highlighted for her longstanding involvement in the fields of data protection, cybersecurity, e-commerce, consumer and IT law. Counsel Giulio Novellini covers all areas of data protection, including GDPR implementation, data breaches prevention and incident response. The team has further specialised during its years of activity, and it now includes specific figures dedicated to data protection arising from employment matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Subject matter experts, very reassuring in the management of privacy issues.’
‘Laura Liguori is a partner who excellently masters the subject, knows how to deal with customers and has a high standing in the environment where she is highly regarded.’
‘Giulio Novellini is a very precise and prepared lawyer, truly a professional who manages all the problems submitted to him in an optimal way, even in a short time’.
‘The team is always up to date on the relevant topics for the activity of the core business and has an approach to provide a service of the highest quality and to favour the business at the same time.‘
Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1Portolano Cavallo‘s practice routinely advises life sciences clients with the transactional, contractual, IP, contentious, compliance and regulatory aspects of the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services sectors. It is also active in cosmetics, food supplements and pet food-related matters. The practice was recently involved in several projects regarding the digitalisation of healthcare services. Commercial contracts expert Luca Gambini founded the firm’s life sciences practice group, and Laura Liguori assists life sciences clients with digital and data protection matters. Regulatory and compliance specialist Elisa Stefanini was made partner in July 2021.
Other key lawyers:
‘Portolano’s healthcare and life sciences team is a very competent, agile, entrepreneurial firm that perfectly understands (and adapts itself to) clients’ needs.‘
‘Their billing practice is competitive and the team takes great care of clients.‘
‘Portolano is our go-to firm in Italy for life sciences questions.‘
‘They are in my view the most pragmatic life sciences law firm in Italy.‘
‘One of their strengths is to combine great technical competence with simple, clear and effective communication.‘
‘Luca Gambini and Elisa Stefanini are very trustworthy professionals to team up with. They are especially competent in healthcare regulations and digital health, as well as data protection, M&A and competition law.‘
‘Elisa Stefanini is extremely responsive.‘
‘Elisa Stefanini is appreciated for her high levels of competence.‘
Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 1Portolano Cavallo is described as 'an excellence' in the Italian media and telecommunications landscape, 'a point of reference' in the media sector and as 'the best choice for regulatory matters.’ The department is the go-to option in particular for TV channels and streaming services, which are the historical focus of the firm. Ernesto Apa focuses on the digital, media and telecoms market, Laura Liguori is responsible for the technology sector, and Francesco Portolano is an expert of TMT transactions. The group co-heads the team. Donata Cordone is noted.
Ernesto Apa; Laura Liguori; Francesco Portolano
Other key lawyers:
‘Portolano Cavallo is an excellence in the Italian legal landscape for the media and telecommunications sectors. The firm knows how to combine a high professional profile with a strong ability and aptitude for innovation.’
‘Francesco Portolano and Ernesto Apa are great. Apa stands out for his professional preparation, his aptitude for systematic and in-depth study, his independence of judgment.’
‘Ernesto Apa is an excellent, competent and pragmatic professional like few others and leads an efficient team.’
‘Ernesto Apa – high standing of the skills, availability and flexibility in providing assistance in a professional and rapid way.’
‘Ernesto Apa has deep knowledge of sector legislation and always provides timely and precise answers.’
‘The Firm is unique for its ability to understand the business, analyse new cases, and effectively support at a strategic level with specific sector expertise.’
‘All professionals have a multidisciplinary approach that allows them to identify issues regardless of the area of specialization.’
Italy > Intellectual propertyPortolano Cavallo has a strong specialisation in TMT and digital matters in addition to a focus on the life sciences and fashion sectors. The practice is also highly skilled in dealing with IP issues with an emphasis on litigation, licensing, patents, copyright, software and music, in connections to media and entertainment. Practice head Lydia Mendola is a member of ChIPs - Chiefs in Intellectual Property, an organisation that aims to advance women in IP law.
‘Always prompt, clear and pragmatic. They work within tough deadlines and never fail to provide us and our clients with pragmatic advice.’
‘Great ability to work in a team. Excellent timeliness in providing feedback.’
‘The team is solid and very prepared, while always remaining very close to the customers and their needs.’
‘Lydia Mendola is a very prepared professional.’
Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3Portolano Cavallo provides assistance with brand protection issues and digital matters, such as IT contracts, data protection and consumer law. The principal figures are IP head Lydia Mendola, who is particularly focused on disputes surrounding violations of trade marks and patents, design and copyrights; Manuela Cavallo, who assists foreign funds with fashion sector transactions; and Irene Picciano, who was made counsel in 2020 and has longstanding fashion and luxury industry experience.
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Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 4In the dispute resolution arena, Portolano Cavallo is best known for acting in TMT-focused cases, especially in relation to copyright, data protection and hate speech matters. In collaboration with other departments, the team also represents clients in energy, insolvency, antitrust and post-M&A disputes and arbitration proceedings. The firm is notably active in the social media industry. Micael Montinari and Martina Lucenti share the leadership of the department.
Micael Montinari; Martina Lucenti
‘Technical competence, creativity of the proposed solutions, extreme effectiveness of the assistance provided and attention to the result, extreme availability, flexibility in the definition of remuneration.’
‘The Firm is well organized to deal with all disputes, from civil to criminal, from labour law to digital. They have an excellent organization of discussions with the customer before deciding on the actions. Availability 24/7 and they are very innovative and technologically advanced.’
‘Professionalism and availability 24/7, precision in the analyses and strategies. They leave nothing to chance. Everything is studied before acting.’
‘Competent, dynamic and always available law firm. What distinguishes it is its practicality, honesty and promptness in solving customer problems.’
Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4Portolano Cavallo fields sector experts in pharmaceuticals, life sciences media, TLC, automotive, and fashion and luxury. The practice is led at counsel level by Enzo Marasà, whose experience includes representing multinational companies in cartel and state aid cases, and Irene Picciano, who has approximately 25 years' EU and competition law experience.
‘Strong experience, positive attitudes, flexible minds and strong skills.‘
‘The firm is very dynamic and forward-looking, and has strong and solid knowledge of the new digital and technological markets (unlike many other top-ranked traditional firms.‘
‘A very practical firm that focuses on clients’ needs.‘
‘Excellent technical skills and in-depth knowledge of the sector.‘
‘Counsel Enzo Marasà is a great strategic thinker, who was able to understand our business model and explain the regulatory process to us in fluent English – a great sense of humour as well, and he led our strategy to a favourable outcome.‘
‘Enzo Marasà is an excellent lawyer. He is very responsive and provides very helpful and practical advice. The working atmosphere is also always very pleasant.‘
‘I have had the opportunity on several occasions to cooperate on EU and competition law dossiers with counsel Irene Picciano – she has great experience in these issues.‘
‘Irene Picciano is among the most brilliant professionals around for competition and EU law that I have had the opportunity to cooperate with – she manages to combine extreme technical expertise with in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of the markets concerned. She is strategically minded and always available.‘
Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5Portolano Cavallo has a core focus on the digital, media, technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors, predominantly fixing its focus on mid-market transactions. Bolstered by an office in New York and dedicated German and French desks, the practice is especially active on the cross-border front with some 70% of its recent workload involving a multijurisdictional element. Francesco Portolano fronts the M&A offering and is particularly accomplished in matters with a complex regulatory component.
Francesco Portolano; Manuela Cavallo; Antonia Verna; Tommaso Foco
Other key lawyers:
‘It is a unique team, which brings together, without compromise, a total dedication to the benefit of the customer (and not to the hours billed), a maximum depth of its analysis, considerations and recommendations, an unparalleled innovation (for example, the introduction of artificial intelligence in due diligence) and also a certain degree of pleasure in sharing hours and days of work. It is rare to be supported by professionals of this caliber, who consider the client’s interest even before their own.’
‘The lawyers demonstrate dedication, competence, innovative thinking and unique personal relationships.’
‘The deal team has a great knowledge of the industry. The deal team mostly consisted of female lawyers, which was very refreshing! They were all punctual and pragmatic and were very knowledgeable in their own field. A pleasure to work with!’
‘Manuela Cavallo’s approach was very pragmatic and she had a good understanding of the deal. Although the deal dynamics were challenging, it always felt like she was in control and that she safeguarded our interests at any time.’
‘Ginevra Sforza’s availability and flexibility were great. She was easy to approach for questions and her answers were always to the point. She was up to speed on every aspect of the the deal. Great asset to the team!’
Italy > Employment Tier 5Practice head Andrea Gangemi and associate Tabita Costantino make up Portolano Cavallo‘s employment team, which represents a number of top players in different markets. The duo have particular niche expertise of the media, digital and entertainment sectors, where they provide advice in connection to collective agreements, social security and contracts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Andrea Gangemi has great knowledge of employment law and is always happy to help with client questions. He is available to us on short notice and has a strong practical skills.’
Portolano Cavallo > Firm Profile
Portolano Cavallo was founded in 2001 by partners Manuela Cavallo and Francesco Portolano.
Portolano Cavallo provides legal advice to companies operating in complex and evolving sectors: it is a leader in the digital, media, technology and the life sciences sectors, in addition to being recognized in the fashion/luxury field.
The firm’s practice areas range from litigation to M&A and venture capital, from emerging companies to the exploitation and protection of all forms of intellectual property, from employment to data protection, privacy and cyber-security issues, from technology transactions to antitrust and regulatory issues and white collar crime/investigations.
In all these areas, Portolano Cavallo is recognized by multiple legal Italian and international rankings and awards.
Service: Technical excellence, although essential, is not enough to satisfy clients’ expectations. Client satisfaction also depends on the quality of service. Our firm applies service levels that are typical of the legal profession in the United States and United Kingdom, characterized by accessibility, availability, responsiveness and reliability in meeting deadlines. For example, we return calls as soon as possible, generally within two hours; we are available outside normal business hours if required; we communicate with our clients and others in a comprehensible manner that is appropriate to their background.
Our firm provides assistance in areas of activity that are complex and in continual evolution: from corporate questions and disputes to support in M&A processes, from venture capital operations to commercial contracts, from protection of the diverse forms of intellectual property to labor disputes.
Thanks to a systematic activity of analysis, research up-dating and training, our professionals are able to furnish rigorous solutions in these areas that are, at the same time, innovative and pragmatic.
The firm covers the following specific areas of activity:
- Adminstrative law
- Commercial contracts
- Crisis management
- Dispute resolution
- EU and competition law
- French desk
- Intellectual property
- Labor and employment
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Privacy, cyber security and data protection
- Private equity
- Real estate
- Startup and venture capital
- Tech transactions
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