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3 Mar 22
Investing in biotech
At the end of last year, our partners Luca Gambini and Antonia Verna talked to Elizabeth Robinson, vice chairman of the board of Indaco Venture Partners, and Ciro Spedaliere, partner in Claris Ventures SGR S.p.A., about the last trends in venture capital investments in the biotech sector.
9 Feb 22
Startups and Sustainability: Interview with Hexagro
Sustainability, an important current issue and a mission that affects us all deeply, across society, is the driving force behind the interview series “Startups and Sustainability.” The first interview is with the startup Hexagro, a project created in 2013 based on a concept by Felipe Hernandez, co-founder and CEO. The startup officially launched in 2016, after establishing itself in Milan.
2 Feb 22
Online incorporation of limited liability companies is now possible: Is the new online procedure a simplified procedure?
On November 8, 2021, the Italian government approved Legislative Decree no. 183/2021 (“Decree”) concerning the implementation of Directive 2019/1151 regarding online incorporation of limited liability companies and simplified limited liability companies (jointly hereinafter “SRLs”), in accordance with the guidelines and principles set forth by the Italian Parliament under European Delegation Act 2019–2020 for the transposition of Directive 2019/1151.
2 Feb 22
When shareholder agreements can be classified as contracts in favor of third parties
The Italian Supreme Court recently ruled that, in order to classify a shareholder agreement as a contract in favor of a third party pursuant to Section 1411 of the Italian Civil Code, it is necessary to ascertain the specific intention of the shareholders to bind themselves toward a third party by granting the latter a subjective right.
Welcome to the Portolano Cavallo Startup and Venture Capital blog, focusing on key legal issues and market trends affecting startups and the venture capital industry.
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Our enthusiastic and passionate team of professionals will provide newsinsight, and multidisciplinary commentary on the hottest and most recent provisions of law and investment and market and contractual trends in the startup and venture capital sector with an eye not only to the Italian market but to the entire European and international ecosystem.

This blog will be a place for sharing information and experiences related to the launch of new innovative businesses, discussing the different characteristics of investment rounds in the seed, early stage, and growth phases, and looking at trends in venture capital transactions.

The main purpose of this blog is to contribute to the growth of the Italian venture capital ecosystem by helping the Italian community develop domestic and international connections.

April 21, 2022
Investimenti sostenibili 4.0: an aid scheme of around €677 million for new innovative and sustainable investments will be available to SMEs from May 18, 2022, with the aim of fostering the...
February 24, 2022
The Council of Ministers has approved a Law Decree introducing new measures to support the reconversion of the automotive industry with a fund of 1 billion euros per year for the next 8 year...
November 4, 2021
The European Startup Nations Alliance (ESNA) has been launched to support states in ensuring their startups have the best conditions to grow at every stage of their life cycle
May 5, 2021
Draft of Sostegni bis decree: until 2025, innovative startups and SMEs’ investors will not pay 26% tax on capital gains on the sale of stakes owned for at least three years, provided that ...
April 9, 2021
Convegno annuale AIFI 19 aprile 2021 “Recovery e Private Capital”: crescita significativa del venture capital italiano, 378 milioni investiti (+40%), 306 investimenti (+82%).
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