Firm Profile > Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners > Rome, Italy

Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners
00198 ROME

Industry focus: TMT Tier 3

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).

Practice head(s):

Mario Gallavotti; Antonio Bernardini


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.

Key clients


Turner Broadcasting


Warner Bros

Medusa Film

Sony Pictures


BBC Studios


Stage Entertainment


The firm: Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners has established a core practice in media, entertainment and sports, communication and information technology, and related intellectual and industrial property matters, offering advice on related mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transnational transactions. It also offers advice in the areas of real estate, renewable energies, aviation and aerospace, and labour, as well as arbitration and litigation, primarily in these industries/sectors.

The firm for many years ran an office in Los Angeles, where it maintains ongoing relations, and has developed far-reaching relationships with prominent international law firms in many other countries and with specific regard to the UK and the Middle East.

Originally formed by a few lawyers, it has grown in size in terms of clients, revenues, lawyers, of counsel and best friendships with other firms, based on long-term vision, creativity and flexibility, envisaged to pursue broad targets, durable personal and professional relationships, new perspectives, flexibility of fees and utmost attention to clients’ needs, making the best choices and building trust.

GBP has a significant and long-lasting track record of clients and transactions in entertainment, media and sport matters with regard to the two named partners.

Mario Gallavotti is a very well established figure on the Italian legal scene, as well as in Europe and the Middle East, especially for entertainment and sports matters. He is a prominent advisor of many leading entertainment companies and associations, as well as of many sport institutions, federations and associations in Italy and abroad, including the Middle East, where he founded The Sports Law Group (TSLG) with local partners in the Middle East area.

Antonio Bernardini, who is admitted to practice in Italy, New York and the UK, was the former head of legal and general counsel in primary Italian and international media and telecoms groups, and achieved a strong reputation advising many multinational companies in various industries, mainly focused on media and communications, offering a unique combination of private practice and in-house counsel experience at the international level.

Areas of practice: The firm’s core practice areas are media, entertainment, sports, IT and communication, and intellectual and industrial property matters.

The firm regularly works with some of the largest entertainment business operators, assisting them with the legal aspects of the acquisition and sale of film and TV rights, leases, the protection and economic exploitation of copyright issues, production and distribution agreements, purchasing agreements, licensing agreements, as well as with the negotiation and drafting of agreements with actors, directors, publishers, producers and distributors – all of this at both the national and international level.

The firm’s sports practice provides a full range of services related to the professional sports industry, specialising in the area where sport, media, name and likeness rights, licensing, and privacy issues converge, and all aspects of claims and disputes related to sports issues, regularly representing sport federations, leagues, associations, clubs and athletes before national and international sport courts, including arbitral tribunals.

The firm assists a wide range of businesses in the IT and communications industry with the navigation of complex regulatory, corporate and commercial legal issues. This knowledge derives from direct experience advising on the start-up and development of terrestrial, cable, satellite and internet communication projects, related technologies, means and method of exploitation of voice, data, content and the like.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Antonio Bernardini
Communication and IT Antonio Bernardini
Communication and IT Carlo Gallavotti
Corporate and commercial/M&A Antonio Bernardini
Corporate and commercial/M&A Mario Gallavotti
Data protection (privacy) Carlo Gallavotti
Data protection (privacy) Stefano La Porta
Energy and environment Gianni Guarnieri
Energy and environment Francesco Fonderico
Labour and employment Rosanna Santaniello
Labour and employment Chiara Dellacasa
Litigation Carlo Gallavotti
Litigation Oriana Caggiano
Media and entertainment Mario Gallavotti
Media and entertainment Antonio Bernardini
Sports Mario Gallavotti
Sports Stefano La Porta
Real estate Francesco Gallavotti
Real estate Antonio Bernardini
Taxation Francesco Napolitano
Number of lawyers : 11
at this office : 9
Other offices : Milan