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Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale leader in innovation for the fourth year in a row in Italy.

During the gala ceremony held on the 4th of October at the Natural History Museum of London, Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale has been included once again in the general ranking of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2012 – FT Law 50, which includes the 50 most innovative law firms in Europe. Portolano Cavallo is the only Italian law firm to be ranked for the fourth year in a row.

The Financial Times ranking recognizes innovation leaders in the legal industry, by measuring and rewarding their unique features and the added value they create for clients – rather than more conventional parameters such as size, revenues and profit. This year, the research analysed more than 150 European law, and only 50 of them were included in the ranking.

Portolano Cavallo achieved the following results: 

The full report is available at the following links:

Corporate Strategy category
Most Innovative Non-UK European Law Firms category
Most Innovative Law Firms in Client Service category
Most Innovative Individuals


Francesco Portolano among "Legal Innovators of the year"

The seven-partner firm Portolano Cavallo, unusually for the Italian legal market, focuses purely on the media sector. Clients say Francesco Portolano, the firm’s founder, leads “a team of lawyers who refuse to be limited to inside-the-box thinking”. This approach has ensured the firm of a high ranking in the FT Innovative Lawyers report since 2009. As a law firm manager, Mr Portolano has adopted forward-thinking management practices from the European market, such as hiring non legal executives to manage the firm. A bold approach to brand identity distinguishes it from most Italian law firms. Mr Portolano also ensures the firm embraces female- friendly working practices, including educating clients about working with female part-time partners. As a lawyer, Mr Portolano has advised media companies on how to navigate Italy’s rapidly changing regulatory landscape. David Harleston, executive vice-president of business and legal affairs at Current TV, the US media company, says: “Francesco tackled each challenge with deep insight and a tireless fascination for innovative approaches, with the sort of dynamic legal skill set one rarely sees in Italian media counsel.

2012 – Financial Times