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Recognitions 2016.

Since its foundation in 2001, the firm has received several awards and recognitions from the sector publications Financial Times, Legal500, Who's Who Legal, Chambers Europe, etc.

These recognitions are based on research carried out by independent publications with clients and lawyers. Our firm does not finance or otherwise support this research in any way.

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  • Legalcommunity
    Francesco Portolano among the 50 best lawyers of 2016 by Legalcommunity.it for the second year in a row
  • WTR1000
    Portolano Cavallo ranked by World Trademark Review

    The World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2016

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  • European Women in Business Law 2016
    Portolano Cavallo wins 2 awards at European Women in Business Law Awards:

    “Best firm in Italy” for the fifth year in a row

    “Best national firm for talent management” for the fourth year in a row

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  • “Italian firm Portolano Cavallo is a “market leader”...

    ...in the media and technology industry. As one of Italy’s premier firms operating in this space, Portolano is able to offer clients a “user-friendly, pragmatic service” which clients are effusive in their praises of: “The technical abilities of the lawyers are second-to-none and advice is delivered in such a way that complex issues are easy to digest.”

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  • ChambersGlobal
    Portolano Cavallo ranked in Chambers Global 2016.

    This year Portolano Cavallo has been ranked by Chambers Global for the practice areas Corporate/M&A and Intellectual Property.

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  • Portolano Cavallo ranked in Chambers Europe 2016.

    This year Portolano Cavallo has been ranked by Chambers Europe for the practice areas TMT: Information Technology and TMT: Media.

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  • Legal500
    Top-Tier firm in TMT for Italy for the 7th year in a row. LEGAL500

    "Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale’s media and technology practice is considered by some clients to be ‘the best in Italy by far’ and able to give advice that is ‘just perfect’."

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  • Law firm of the year - Media at the IP&TMT Awards 2016 by Legalcommunity

    "Portolano Cavallo has been the firm with the largest market share in media transactions during 2015. It also has a high standing reputation recognized by the industry."

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  • IAM
    IAM – The world’s leading patent professionals 2016 - Litigation (Italy)

    "Passion and creativity are the calling cards of Portolano Cavallo..."

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Portolano Cavallo focuses on corporate matters arising in the media space. Joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder agreements make up the team’s workload: “A very strong team. It has a great ability to balance business pragmatism with the legal requirements and landscape.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – CORPORATE M&A

Focuses on disputes arising in the TMT sector. Regularly assists clients with litigation related to IP rights, advertising and the internet. Also handles banking, insolvency and corporate disputes.”The lawyers are proactive and able to understand my needs.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Micael Montinari is lauded for being “responsive and extremely practical.” He is also praised for his ability to work under high pressure. His practice encompasses advertising disputes, as well as IP and corporate litigation.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Experienced in all manner of IP issues including those related to trade marks, patents, domain names and copyrights. Particularly strong expertise in handling IP matters related to the media and entertainment industries. Micael Montinari and Ernesto Apa are the key contacts for clients.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Couples an outstanding media practice with extensive expertise in IT-related matters. Adept at handling a variety of issues including transactional matters, litigation, data protection and advertising.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – TMT

Ernesto Apa is a top-tier media lawyer. He has expertise in a variety of areas including advertising, M&A and copyright issues.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – TMT

Francesco Portolano has outstanding capabilities in the media arena. He specialises in transactional issues, regularly assisting clients active in this sector with M&A, venture capital and private equity matters. He also has a wealth of experience in corporate governance and joint venture agreements.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – TMT

Laura Liguori is an IT lawyer with particular knowledge of privacy issues. Her expertise spans cybersecurity, information governance, big data and data mining.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2016 – TMT

Highly experienced in handling corporate matters arising in the media sphere. Often assists companies with a presence in multiple countries.
Manuela Cavallo specialises in private equity and venture capital transactions. She is described as ‘very knowledgeable and client-oriented’.
Francesco Portolano is described as ‘transactionally focused and result-oriented’. He is an experienced M&A practitioner and often handles private equity matters.”
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2016 – CORPORATE / M&A

Montinari and Ernesto Apa are the key contacts for clients. The team handles all manner of IP issues including those related to trade marks, patents, domain names and copyrights.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2016 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The team at Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale gives ‘outstanding business-oriented advice’. It is best known for TMT-related deals but also assists fashion houses and other luxury brand owners, travel and leisure industry players, and life sciences and healthcare companies during M&A and other complex transactions. Milan and Rome-based Manuela Cavallo heads the practice, in which Francesco Portolano is highly rated.”
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2016 – CORPORATE M&A

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale’s media and technology practice is considered by some clients to be ‘the best in Italy by far’ and able to give advice that is ‘just perfect’. The ‘proactive and pragmatic’ team covers the whole array of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters, and consistently attracts multinational blue-chip clients. Laura Liguori is ‘an expert in privacy issues’ and leads the practice jointly with the ‘responsive and commercial’ Ernesto Apa and Francesco Portolano, who has ‘deep knowledge of the media environment’. Emily Maxwell joined the firm from DLA Piper’s San Francisco office.”
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2016 – TMT

Best known for its excellence in TMT, Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale’s ‘terrific team’ advises luxury brands on corporate matters, disputes and M&A. It also assists with venture capital transactions, emerging companies work and the exploitation and protection of IP, as well as employment law, data protection and cyber-security.”
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2016 – INDUSTRY FOCUS: LUXURY GOODS

Passion and creativity are the calling cards of Portolano Cavallo. The technically distinguished group customarily forges long-term relationships with clients, who appreciate its adept management of all stages of the patent lifecycle. Software, internet and broadcasting companies are particularly well catered for, but it admirably represents concerns across a vast range of industries. Micael Montinari heads up the IP division.”
IAM MAGAZINE – PATENT 1000

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is appointed by clients on the basis of its “professional skills, deep knowledge of legal matters, commitment and strong relationship within the media industry and local authorities”. The firm represents television networks and assist with complex regulatory and privacy issues. Lawyers also advise on film, technology and advertising in contentious and non-contentious cases.”
MEDIA LAW INTERNATIONAL 2016 – TMT

Italian firm Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is a ‘market leader’ in the media and technology industry. As one of Italy’s premier firms operating in this space, Portolano is able to offer clients a ‘user-friendly, pragmatic service’ which clients are effusive in their praises of: ‘The technical abilities of the lawyers are second-to-none and advice is delivered in such a way that complex issues are easy to digest’.”
WHO’S WHO LEGAL 100 2016 – TMT

Laura Liguori is a ‘prominent’ practitioner in the information technology sector in Italy. She is considered a specialist in matters and issues relating to data security and internet privacy with clients lauding her ‘technical expertise’ and ‘pragmatic approach’ to legal matters in this area.”
WHO’S WHO LEGAL 100 2016 – TMT

Ernesto Apa is a ‘top-drawer practitioner’ with ‘deep-seated ties to the Italian television industry’. He has significant experience in media regulation and regularly advises clients on regulatory and contractual aspects within the digital media and telecommunications sector.”
WHO’S WHO LEGAL 100 2016 – TMT