Italy: Data 2019

In this chapter we recognise 33 of Italy’s leading data lawyers who stand out for their strong expertise in data privacy and protection, information technology and telecoms and media law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Laura Liguori Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
2. Ernesto Apa Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Rome
3. Saverio Cavalcanti Dentons Europe, Milan

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is a leading firm in the data sector, which sees four lawyers recognised here.
Laura Liguori draws widespread commendation from peers and clients alike who consider her “by far one of the greatest data protection lawyers in Italy”.
Ernesto Apa stands out as one of the foremost data experts in the country. His world-class practice spans a range of technology and communications matters including IP and copyright issues.
Francesco Portolano is held in high regard among peers who note he is “extremely knowledgeable” when it comes to advising on telecoms and media and IT law. 
Oreste Pollicino gains recognition from market sources who note he is “excellent in data protection” and applaud his strong academic background.

Orsingher Ortu Avvocati Associati sees four lawyers listed this year.
Matteo Orsingher enjoys a great reputation across the European market for his top-tier work advising clients on IT, e-commerce and internet law.
Domenico Colella is commended for his excellent work across the data sector, with sources noting he is “outstanding for IP and copyright issues”.
Marco Consonni is widely respected for his profound ability in IT law, an area in which he is considered a top name in the market.
Fabrizio Sanna possesses impressive knowledge of data protection and e-commerce law and is well versed in handling both advisory and contentious matters across the sector.

At Dentons Europe, Saverio Cavalcanti is hailed as “the most skilled external counsel for TMT matters in the Italian market” by one impressed source, while another adds, “He’s strong in negotiation and extremely well prepared on the matter.”
Giangiacomo Olivi draws high praise from respondents who recognise him as a go-to name for data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

Massimiliano Masnada at Hogan Lovells Studio Legale is “excellent in the field”, effuse sources who praise his impressive work advising clients on data privacy and protection, cloud computing, and mobile technology.
Marco Berliri frequently represents major players in the technology sector on a range of data-related matters and is renowned as “outstanding in technology litigation”.

Cugia Cuomo & Associati’s Fabrizio Cugia di Sant’Orsola continues to impress market commentators with the first-rate counsel he provides to clients on EU data regulation, contracts and IP matters.
Pietro Cuomo is highly respected among peers for his strong expertise in telecoms and media law, an area in which he is considered a top name in the market.

Marco D’Ostuni at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is well known among peers thanks to his exceptional work advising clients across the TMT sector on complex competition matters.
Mario Siragusa is a competition law specialist who possesses considerable experience representing clients from across the sector before a range of domestic and EU tribunals.

At Dalla Vedova Studio Legale Associato, Marco Dalla Vedova receives widespread plaudits from respondents thanks to his impressive work advising corporations and governments on regulatory maters and disputes across the TMT sector.

Daniela De Pasquale at D&P Studio Legale is a technology law specialist who stands out for her deep understanding of related IT, IP and e-commerce issues.
Massimiliano Pappalardo is renowned across the Italian market for his first-class practice which spans complex data protection and IT law matters.

Vittorio Noseda at Nctm Studio Legale enjoys a stellar international reputation for his work in data law, which covers IT, telecommunications and related transactions.

Carlo Piana at Array Law is commended for his “highly professional and pragmatic approach” by sources who credit him with “a deep knowledge of both legal and technical issues”.

At Panetta & Associati, Rocco Panetta is lauded as “one of the top players in the arena” by sources who consider him one of the country’s leading data protection specialists.

CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni’s Italo de Feo “does a lot of data protection work”, say sources. His first-rate practice covers an array of matters including outsourcing, data privacy and data regulation.

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