Italy: Data 2018

This year’s research shines the spotlight on 32 leading lawyers for their outstanding expertise in TMT, IT and data protection and privacy matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Domenico Colella Orsingher Ortu Avvocati Associati, Rome
2. Laura Liguori Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
3. Daniela De Pasquale D&P Studio Legale, Milan
4. Ernesto Apa Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
5. Francesco Portolano Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Milan

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is a leader in cutting-edge data and technology matters and achieves an impressive four listings in this chapter.
Francesco Portolano is “great for media law” say peers, who describe him as “a top lawyer in Italy”. He has a market-leading M&A practice and is a go-to adviser to major clients in the technology sector.
Laura Liguori draws praise as “a data protection star” in the Italian market. She acts for a range of major technology clients and is well known as “a gaming expert”.
Ernesto Apa is an esteemed digital lawyer with vast regulatory knowledge. He is a particularly prominent in the TMT sector and is considered “excellent for media-related work and advertising matters”.
Oreste Pollicino occupies a “pre-eminent position” in the European market, say peers. He is a renowned data protection lawyer with vast knowledge of internet and media law.
Marco Bellezza stands out as “a true specialist who knows the game” when it comes to data protection and complex compliance matters.

Orsingher Ortu Avvocati Associati represents major players in the TMT sector and sees four lawyers listed here.
Domenico Colella comes highly recommended as a well-established IT lawyer with broad expertise in technology transactions. According to one peer, he is “one of the best lawyers I’ve ever seen”.
With over 20 years’ experience, Marco Consonni is a prominent figure in the IT market. He boasts broad experience advising large international clients in major transactions.

Two founding partners  of boutique firm D&P Studio Legale are also highlighted.
Daniela De Pasquale is a renowned data protection and technology law expert. She is a long-standing fixture in the market, who stands out for her extensive expertise across the digital and media sectors.
Massimiliano Pappalardo is widely endorsed as “a fantastic expert in data protection”. He represents major Italian and international companies in multijurisdictional projects and is highly regarded for his work in the space.

Full-service international firm Hogan Lovells achieves two listings in this chapter.
Massimiliano Masnada is a “famous and talented lawyer who does top-level legal work”. He is regularly engaged by major clients for data protection advice and peers speak highly of his strong internet and e-commerce practice.
Marco Berliri is commended as “a market leader” in the data protection sphere. Peers describe him as “a very impressive litigator, particularly in relation to the right to be forgotten”.

Cugia Cuomo & Associati boasts a strong IT, TMT and data protection practice. Two of its most highly regarded lawyers are listed here.
Founding partner Fabrizio Cugia di Sant'Orsola stands out as “a great telecoms lawyer”. He is a go-to adviser for Italian and international clients and boasts broad expertise in EU regulatory matters. 
Pietro Cuomo, also a founding partner at the firm, enjoys a superb reputation for his excellent cross-border M&A practice and vast transactional experience in the TMT sector.

Italo de Feo is a “standout” lawyer at CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni who boasts an excellent reputation in the local market. Sources say, “He is excellent for technology, digital and data protection matters.”

At Dentons, Saverio Cavalcanti is an experienced data privacy lawyer who garners recognition as “one of the best lawyers in Italy”. “He is open minded, has the ability to work under pressure and is always able to find a creative solution,” according to peers.

Gian Michele Roberti of EJC Roberti & Associati is a well-known figure in the market. He is a go-to adviser on regulatory matters and “works for all the major players”. Peers are quick to highlight him for his “great work in the media sector”. 

Array Law is home to Carlo Piana, a well-known technology lawyer. Clients hold him in high esteem for “his deep knowledge of software and data regulations at the local, EU and international level”, and for “his readily available, no-nonsense advice".

In Rome, Panetta & Associati’s founding partner Rocco Panetta is highlighted as “an excellent data protection lawyer”. He is an expert in the telecoms sector and is well versed in data protection and privacy matters.

Mario Libertini of Sapienza University of Rome is described as “one of the most authoritative lawyers in the TMT field” by peers, who add that he is “great for telecoms work”.

Marco Dalla Vedova of Dalla Vedova Studio Legale Associato stands out as “a well-established and skilled lawyer”. He is a seasoned expert in the sector and enjoys “a fantastic reputation for telecoms work”.

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