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Ernesto Apa


Ernesto Apa

The ‘very business-oriented’ Ernesto Apa offers a wealth of expertise in media matters. He handles transactions, IP issues and regulatory issues, and his client roster comprises a list of major international corporates with activity in the television, publishing and cinema spaces. Clients laud his expertise, explaining: ‘He has very strong knowledge of Italian media regulation combined with deep knowledge of trends in the media industry, and he’s able to provide pragmatic and focused advice’.” CHAMBERS EUROPE 2019 – TMT: MEDIA

Ernesto Apa is a ‘famous name’ in the market who receives praise from peers and clients alike for his ‘fair approach and independent judgement’ in technology and media-related issues”.

Ernesto Apa is recommended for ‘his legal expertise’ and ‘his style, which is rigorous and informal at the same time’.”
Chambers Europe 2018 – EU AND COMPETITION

Ernesto is ranked by Legal500 as leading individual in TMT and by Chambers Europe in Band 1 (Ernesto was first ranked by Chambers for his media expertise in 2008, at age 30, and has been continuously ranked since). He is also recommended by Who’s Who Legal, Top Legal and Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers.

Ernesto joined Portolano Cavallo in 2003 and became a partner in 2010. He advises domestic and international clients on regulatory and contractual aspects within the digital/media and telecommunication sector, such as exploitation of digital content, TV, internet, advertising and unfair commercial practices, copyright, user generated content, ISP liability, electronic communications, etc.  Lastly, he has extensive experience on the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions in the media/technology sector, having worked as regulatory counsel on many such deals over the years.

Ernesto is the author of a treatise on advertising, of the entry “Television” for legal encyclopedia “Diritto OnLine” edited by Treccani (the Italian equivalent of the Encyclopædia Britannica), as well as many articles on media and constitutional law on the most prestigious Italian law reviews (Giurisprudenza Costituzionale, Quaderni Costituzionali, Foro Italiano, etc.).  With Oreste Pollicino, he edited the first Codice della comunicazione digitale (Code of digital communications – Internet, TV, Advertising, Privacy, now in its second edition; Egea, 2015), and authored (in English) “Modeling the liability of internet service providers. Google vs. Vivi down. A constitutional perspective” (Egea, 2013).

He is also the co-author of “La regolamentazione dei contenuti digitali” (The regulation of digital content, Aracne, 1998-2013), a volume celebrating the first fifteen years of the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM), which includes chapters authored by the incumbent President and all past Presidents of the Authority as well as several top-level officers of the same.

He also co-authored the book “Diritti e libertà in Internet” (Rights and Liberties on the Internet, Mondadori Education, 2017).

Ernesto is Adjunct Professor of Digital Media and Regulation at the LL.M. in Law of Internet Technology of the Bocconi University, has been Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Calabria and teaches in the Master in Information Technology Law of the La Sapienza University in Rome.

He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and of the think tank ASTRID (Fondazione per l’Analisi, gli Studi e le Ricerche sulla Riforma delle Istituzioni Democratiche) and I-Com. Furthermore, he is correspondent of the European Audiovisual Observatory of the Council of Europe and a member of the Film Review Commission of the Ministry of Culture.

In 2009 Ernesto obtained a Ph.D. in Public Business Law from the La Sapienza University in Rome; he graduated summa cum laude from the law school of the same university in 2002.

Foreign languages: English (speaking proficiency).

Ernesto is a member of the Cosenza Bar Association (5370).



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