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2014 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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  • Portolano Cavallo wins in 2 categories at “European Women in Business Law Awards 2014”. EUROMONEY LEGAL MEDIA GROUP'S

    June 18, 2014 - Portolano Cavallo wins in 2 categories at “European Women in Business Law Awards 2014”: Best firm in Italy and Best National Firm for Talent Management.continua

  • For the 7th year in a row ranked in TMT Media Band 1 for Italy. CHAMBERS EUROPE

    April 24, 2014 - For the 7th year in a row Portolano Cavallo is ranked, by Chambers Europe, in TMT Media Band 1 for Italy. The firm has also been recommended in other 6 practice areas. continue

  • Top-Tier firm in TMT for Italy, for the 5th year in a row. LEGAL500

    April 10, 2014 - "Portolano Cavallo acts for over 50 television channels and frequently advises on regulatory issues. The team is also experienced in IT outsourcing, and has developed telecoms expertise" continua

  • Global Legal Advisory 2014 Bloomberg

    April 2, 2014 - Portolano Cavallo moves to fifth place in the Mergers & Acquisitions rankings by for Bloomberg for Italy in the first 3 months of 2014. continue

  • Portolano Cavallo ranked by Chambers Global 2014.  CHAMBERS GLOBAL

    March 14, 2014 - Portolano Cavallo is ranked by Chambers Global in 3 practice area: Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Tax.

Most active in the media sector, handling matters including MBOs, corporate governance, sales and acquisitions. Well reputed for multi-jurisdictional work, particularly when US parties are involved. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A young team that is well motivated to assist its customers in a very effective way, providing forward-looking solutions.” “It is responsive, mindful of cross-border issues and has a practical business approach.” What’s new? Tommaso Foco joined the team, enhancing its capabilities in distressed M&A and corporate restructuring. Work highlights Acted for a global media corporation on a potential EUR350 million purchase bid. Strong client feedback sees Manuela Cavallo enter the rankings. One source enthuses: “She is open-minded and flexible in managing her relationship with clients. She is very able to deal with people and is an effective negotiator.” Another popular member of the team is Francesco Portolano, who clients say “is always available, reactive and commercially minded.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – CORPORATE M&A

Predominantly acts for multinational corporations and their Italian subsidiaries operating in the TMT sector. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Reactive, proactive and flexible; it adapts its priorities to suit ours.” “Efficient and provides the work you ask for very quickly. The lawyers are rational and accurate.” Market observers highlight Micael Montinari’s strong technical and analytical abilities. Sources also appreciate his creativity, saying: “He has the capacity to think outside the box and find new solutions.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Andrea Gangemi of Portolano Cavallo remains an active market presence and is singled out for his problem-solving skills, as well as his capacity to come up with practical solutions.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – EMPLOYMENT

Advises well-known businesses, especially in the software, internet and broadcasting sectors, on wide-ranging and complex copyright issues. Also active in trade marks and licensing. Frequently referred to by international firms for advice on the application of Italian law to novel situations. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “The lawyers’ strong point is their attention to the specific needs of the customer.” Clients highlight experienced practitioner Antonella Barbieri for her “ability to combine technical expertise with a pragmatic approach.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Antonello Lupo of Portolano Cavallo “stands out not just as a lawyer but as an entrepreneur,” according to interviewees.
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – TAX

Exceptional track record advising companies in the media and IT sectors on everything from corporate law and M&A to disputes and competition law. Universally regarded as a first choice for media work, attracting instructions from the market’s most prolific national and global players. Recent work highlights include acquisitions of TV channels, contractual and regulatory work, data protection and outsourcings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Its advice is extremely clear, succinct and on the money. The lawyers do not bog you down with excessive legal information.” Ernesto Apa is widely considered an authority in media regulatory law, and is appreciated for his good connections with the authorities. “He is a genius; he knows the TV market better than anyone,” notes one enthusiastic client. Managing partner Francesco Portolano has a fantastic reputation for media work and is lauded by sources for his “lateral perspective.” He predominantly acts on the corporate side of deals. Laura Liguori specialises in internet and e-commerce issues and is described by interviewees as “responsible, practical and business-savvy.”
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2014 – TMT

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale is ‘consistently responsive and is excellent value for money’. The practice has developed strength in mid-market-deals up to $500m, as well as small-cap transactions, and stands out for M&A transactions in technology, media and telecoms. Milan and Rome-based Manuela Cavallo and Francesco Portolano are the main contacts.
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2014 – CORPORATE M&A

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale acts for over 50 television channels and frequently advises on regulatory issues. The team is also experienced in IT outsourcing, and has developed telecoms expertise. Francesco Portolano is a TMT transactions specialist; Laura Liguori has ‘an excellent understanding of the internet sector’; and Milan and Rome-based media and telecoms head Ernesto Apa is rated for giving ‘appropriate advice’.
LEGAL500 EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA 2014 – TMT

Strong client feedback sees Manuela Cavallo enter the rankings. One source enthuses: “She is open-minded and flexible in managing her relationship with clients. She is very able to deal with people and is an effective negotiator.” Another popular member of the team is Francesco Portolano, who clients say “is always available, reactive and commercially minded.”
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2014 – CORPORATE/M&A

Market observers highlight Micael Montinari’s strong technical and analytical abilities. Sources also appreciate his creativity: “He has the capacity to think outside the box and find new solutions.”
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2014 – DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Antonello Lupo of Portolano Cavallo “stands out not just as a lawyer but as an entrepreneur,” according to interviewees.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2014 – TAX

Portolano Cavallo Studio is at the height of prominence with prestigious market standing. The firm has a team of 30 lawyers dedicated to its Media and Technology division, making it one of the largest practice groups in the country. The firm represents more than 50 television channels and a plethora of media clients across segments handling litigation, transactional and regulatory matters. Under the leadership of Ernesto Apa, the practice has continued to bring high profile engagements from new and existing clients. In the course of 2013, the team advised on mergers and acquisitions, regulation and litigated on behalf of multinational clients.
MEDIA LAW INTERNATIONAL 2014 – TMT

Secondo quanto emerso dall’opinione di mercato, il team «ha competenza tecnica, conoscenza specifica della materia e i partner garantiscono un rapporto diretto con il cliente con un aggiornamento continuo».
LEGAL COMMUNITY 2014 – TMT