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2012 Recognition.

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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  • Winner for European Specialist Firm of the year.The Lawyer

    October 25, 2012 - Portolano Cavallo has been awarded European Specialist Firm of the Year at The Lawyers European Awards 2012. continue

  • Ranked Top 50 Law FirmsFinancial Times 2012
    October 5, 2012 - Portolano Cavallo leader in innovation for the fourth year in a row in Italy. continue
  • Europe Women in Business LawLegal Media Group
    June 20, 2012 - In the ceremony held in London on June 20, Portolano Cavallo has been awarded with the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2012 for Italy. continue

This dynamic practice is well-known for its expertise in TMT and unsurprisingly handles a number of corporate issues for clients in the IT and media industries. The firm has been building up its team and the lawyers enjoy a strong reputation for their work at both a domestic and global level. “Very practical and responsive. Whatever the problem is, the team will find a way to solve it”.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – CORPORATE/M&A

The firm may be smaller than some of its competitors, but clients maintain that the dispute resolution team is knowledgeable and particularly skilled in IP- and technology-related litigation. It continues to win mandates in the travel, media and fashion industries and has an increasingly strong reputation in these areas. Micael Montinari leads the team in Rome and has particular experience in IP and media-related disputes and arbitrations. “The team completely understood the issues at hand and suggested alternative solutions where necessary”.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Micael Montinari leads the team in Rome and has particular experience in IP and media-related disputes and arbitrations.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2012 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Clients say Andrea Gangemi of Portolano Cavallo is “exceptional all round” thanks to his strong commercial sense and to-the-point approach. He has notable expertise in dismissals, trade union negotiations and managing agreements for senior-level managers.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – EMPLOYMENT

Newly added to this year’s rankings as a result of superb feedback, this enterprising domestic firm is recognised for its high-profile international client base in the retail, beverages, fashion and electronics sectors. The team covers trade marks, advertising, copyright and software, and earns praise for its efficient and organised service. A recent highlight was assisting a major international software company with a multiparty litigation case. Sources enthuse about Antonella Barbieri, lauding her commercial awareness and excellent client care: “She is a hard worker, always available and offers very strong practical advice.” “The firm is extremely responsive and reliable and the partners are easy to reach even in the busiest periods.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Antonello Lupo of Portolano Cavallo is a “dedicated adviser who produces high-quality work quickly.” He advises on tax issues relating to corporate reorganisations, M&A, asset finance and structured finance.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – TAX

A renowned figure in the media and IT fields, this stellar firm has carved a niche for itself in the market and acts for a raft of high-profile clients. The team has won a number of new clients in recent months, with social networking sites, game developers and broadcasters electing to choose Portolano for their TMT work. Its media expertise remains indisputably in the top tier, thanks to a full-rounded service that covers television, advertising, brands, games and betting. On the IT side, it has recently handled cases concerning e-commerce, IT contracts and the outsourcing of IT infrastructure. Francesco Portolano (Band enjoys an outstanding reputation for media work, and is also a prominent figure in the technology sector. His combination of technical acumen and business-focused advice is appreciated by clients. Sources admire Ernesto Apa’s technical skill and clear-cut approach, saying: “He’s by far the best professional in the TV industry. It’s hard to find someone who can translate legal concepts into normal language.” “Not a typical law firm; it is young and provides superb, innovative solutions.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2012 – TMT: MEDIA

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale assisted an Italian provider of IT solutions to the healthcare sector on the sale of its group of companies. Manuela Cavallo is very attuned to client requirements and commercial perspectives, and Francesco Portolano is an expert in TMT sector M&A.
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2012 – CORPORATE AND M&A

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is experienced in tax-related M&A, as well as tax-efficient corporate structures, tax litigation, and tax planning. Of counsel Antonello Lupo is recommended.
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2012 – TAX

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale’s highly rated practice spans transactional, regulatory and litigation advice, running from the film and television sectors through to telecoms, e-commerce and technology. Francesco Portolano is an amazing lawyer who never fails to impress – he advises clients on a range of media matters, with a particular focus on transactions. Laura Liguori focuses on internet law and data protection. Ernesto Apa’s professional dedication and knowledge of the law is peerless, and his work is performed in an exceptionally competent manner.
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2012 – TMT