Saverio Cavalcanti is senior counsel in the intellectual property and technology department at Dentons Europe. He advises national and multinational clients on all aspects of TMT law, including data protection; IT/outsourcing contracts; copyright; media and telecoms regulatory (including M&A transactions); and commercial contracts. He is a regular speaker on postgraduate courses at universities in Milan and Rome. He is the author of several publications in his fields of expertise.
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.
I have worked for corporate law firms since March 2009. Between 2009 and 2014 I mainly focused on the media sector, and was involved in some of Italy’s most significant M&A transactions involving traditional TV channels. Since 2015, I have also focused on IT law and data protection. I have been involved in some of the most complex outsourcing deals concerning the Italian market, including SaaS agreements for the provision of AI-based software services.
WHAT DREW YOU TO A LEGAL CAREER?
I attended the Conservatory of Music (studying piano) in my hometown, so once I finished high school I had to decide between a pursuing a career in piano or going to university. I eventually decided to attend law school, but with a focus on media and copyright law (based on my great passion for music).
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE NEW E-PRIVACY EU REGULATIONS?
The new e-privacy regulation may dramatically change users’ internet-surfing habits, as well as in the provision of online-based services. It is necessary to draw attention to the rights granted to data subjects under the GDPR, and verify whether the e-privacy regulation will contain derogations thereto. It is worth noting that e-privacy regulation is even more relevant than GDPR to the online environment, because it will contain special provisions on this topic, which should supplement the GDPR in many aspects (including a legal basis for data processing).
HOW WILL THE APPROVED REFORM OF THE EU COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE AFFECT CLIENTS?
In many ways. For instance, it contains some disruptive provisions on protection of the press in relation to digital use (the so-called “link tax”); it requires online sharing platforms to obtain licences from rightholders (although filtering obligations are not expressly included); and it contains new types of “fair use” for copyrighted content, especially in exercising the rights around research, criticism and freedom of expression.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
Being part of a team of special colleagues, who every day give me the opportunity to widen the scope of my activities on all aspects of TMT law.
HOW WILL ITALY’S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EU DIRECTIVE ON THE SECURITY OF NETWORK AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS IMPACT THE MARKET?
So far, the Italian government has decided to limit its legislative powers to the sectors already covered by the EU NIS Directive (eg, energy, transport, banking, cloud-based services, e-commerce platforms). Most of the Italian provisions of the NIS Directive have to be implemented (the definition of the so-called “operators of essential services”), so that the legislative process is still ongoing.
IN WHAT WAYS DOES DENTONS DISTINGUISH ITSELF IN THE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SPACE?
Dentons is particularly well versed in “legal-tech”, ie, in the provision of IT services to its clients. There are many partnerships with both start-ups and primary IT operators to develop new IT support for the assistance of our clients. For instance, our “Dentons Direct” repository is particularly appreciated by our clients (especially where multi-jurisdictional projects are at stake).
YOU HAVE HAD A VERY DISTINGUISHED CAREER TO DATE. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE THAT YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY?
Becoming partner at Dentons, of course; or a renowned pianist!
Saverio Cavalcanti is hailed as "the most skilled external counsel for TMT matters in the Italian market" by sources who highlight "the astonishing quality of his counselling".
Saverio is senior counsel at Dentons Europe’s intellectual property and technology department.
Saverio primarily focuses, from a regulatory and contractual perspective, on legal issues concerning audio-visual media services and soft-IP (copyright and related rights); IT (outsourcing, contractual arrangements for the assignment and licence of IPRs, etc); and data protection. He also represents national and multinational clients before the Italian regulatory public bodies, as well as in negotiations with Italian copyright collecting societies (SIAE, SCF, Nuovo IMAIE). He has also published several articles and textbooks in his fields of expertise.
During last years, Saverio has been involved in some of the most important M&A transactions concerning digital terrestrial and satellite TV channels, including the sale and purchase of Sky Italia by BSkyB; LCN33 (formerly Agon Channel) by Scripps Networks; LCN27 (formerly SkyTG24) by Viacom Group; and LCN8 (formerly MTV) by Sky Italia.
LegalCommunity’s 2018 report, The Best in Italy, states: “Saverio managed what can be considered the biggest media project in 2017. He also combines media and copyright knowledge with new technologies and data expertise, making him a unique TMT lawyer. He leads some of the most complex GDPR compliance projects in the Italian market, advising top fashion houses and bank/insurance undertakings.”
In 2006, Saverio graduated cum laude at Sapienza University of Rome’s School of Law. In 2014, he gained a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in competition (and media) law at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2011, he attended the Columbia summer programme in American law at the University of Amsterdam. In 2008, he attended, on scholarship, the “Silvano Tosi” seminar in parliamentary study at the University of Florence.