Portolano Cavallo
Startup and
Venture Capital

14 Sep 22
Structuring Venture Capital Transactions in the United States, the UK, and Italy
A few months ago, in a round table with Michael C. Labriola and Jose Campos from Wilson Sonsini, we discussed similarities and differences in structuring VC transactions in the U.S., UK, and Italian markets, common clauses most frequently discussed by founders and investors, and best practices and new trends.
27 May 22
Venture Capital Watch: Interview with Sebastiano Peluso
For our series of interviews with players of the venture capital industry, we asked Sebastiano Peluso (Director Innovation Desk at Italian Trade Agency, Founder at Realitycs, 3040 Regeneration, Discovery Italy, Smartourism) about Global Start Up Program.
26 Apr 22
Structuring venture capital transactions in US, UK, and Italy
Portolano Cavallo and Wilson Sonsini are excited to partner on a webinar discussion to share experiences on the similarities and differences in US, UK and Italian markets with respect to: structuring VC transactions (e.g., SAFE, KISS, convertible notes, etc.) common clauses mostly discussed by founders and investors (e.g., liquidation preference, exit, corporate governance, anti-dilution, limitation to the transfer of shares, etc.) best practices and new trends.
18 Oct 21
Venture Capital watch: Interview with Merlin Seeman
For our series of interviews we asked Merlin Seeman, Managing Partner at Hedman Partners law firm, what was the impact of COVID-19 on the Estonian startup/VC market and what are the expectations for 2021.
20 May 21
Venture capital watch: Interview to Claudio Calvani and Pierre Hausemer
Claudio Calvani is partner and managing director of VVA Debt & Grant in Milan. VVA Debt & Grant is the business unit of VVA Group dedicated to scouting for incentives, grants, and alternative financing instruments at the national and regional level in Italy to help companies with their growth plans.
16 Apr 21
Venture capital watch: Interview with Alessandra Lomonaco (Huky)
Alessandra Lomonaco is Ceo and Co-founder of Huky, an innovative startup whose purpose is to support companies in paths of change and innovation.
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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