Italy: Sports & Entertainment 2019

In this chapter we recognise 14 individuals who stand out in the Italian market for their leading expertise in a range of IP, contractual, data protection and financing matters in the industries.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Quirino Mancini Tonucci & Partners, Rome
2. Luigi Fumagalli  Studio Prof. Luigi Fumagalli, Milan
3. Stefano Sbordoni Sbordoni & Partners, Rome 

Quirino Mancini at Tonucci & Partners is lauded for his distinguished gambling and gaming practice. He frequently advises his clients on regulatory, licensing and business strategy matters.

Luigi Fumagalli at Studio Prof. Luigi Fumagalli is “very experienced” in handling arbitration proceedings pertaining to complex sports disputes and is held in high esteem by sources thanks to his “thorough” approach.  

Stefano Sbordoni at Sbordoni & Partners is recognised for his first-rate gambling and betting practice and is highly experienced in advising significant international and Italian gambling operators. 

Massimo Coccia at Coccia De Angelis Vecchio & Associati is recognised by respondents as “one of the best sports lawyers” in the market and is highlighted for his know-how as an arbitrator in sports disputes.

Luca Ferrari of Withersworldwide is a well-established name in the sports law field who is particularly recommended by sources “for complex sponsorship deals and contracts dealing with the use of image rights”.

Mattia Grassani at Studio Legale Grassani e Associati garners praise as a leading light in the Italian sports market, an area in which he is considered “excellent in litigation”.

Cristiano Novazio of DN Law enjoys a stellar reputation in the market and is highlighted for his “outstanding preparation as a sports lawyer”. He is praised for his “attention to detail” and “ability to explain potential solutions in an understandable way”. 

Giorgio Mondini at Mondini Rusconi Law Firm excels “in litigation cases in the field of sports law trademarks”. He has experience in counselling prominent media companies on contentious and transactional matters in Italy.
Giacomo Bonelli is well known for his IP practice and is highly sought after by clients for his deep knowledge of telecommunications, media and new technologies.

Jacopo Tognon of Studio Legale Avvocati Tognon is a go-to name for corporates and athletes who he frequently represents before domestic and international sporting organisations.

Massimo Sterpi of Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is a well-established figure in the domestic market who is highly respected for his strong expertise in IP and art law.  

Mario Gallavotti at Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners draws widespread international praise from peers who consider him a top name for sports-related litigation and contractual matters. 

Giulio Coraggio of DLA Piper is extremely knowledgeable in the gaming field, thanks to his extensive experience of advising game suppliers and online gaming operators.

Ernesto Apa of Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale has strong experience advising clients operating within the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. He particularly stands out for his expert handling of related contractual and regulatory matters.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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