Technology, Artificial Intelligence & IoT


Portolano Cavallo’s media and technology practice is considered by some clients to be ‘the best in Italy by far’ and able to give advice that is ‘just perfect’. The ‘proactive and pragmatic’ team covers the whole array of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters, and consistently attracts multinational blue-chip clients. Laura Liguori is ‘an expert in privacy issues’ and leads the practice jointly with the ‘responsive and commercial’ Ernesto Apa and Francesco Portolano, who has ‘deep knowledge of the media environment’.Portolano Cavallo‘s TMT team is one of the best I have worked with in terms of service levels and responsiveness."
Our experience in the field of technologies includes sector-specific commercial contracts (outsourcing contracts, system integration contracts, application maintenance contracts and, in general, all tender contracts for the provision of IT services); the creation, development, usage, and protection of software; critical aspects and opportunities relating to the creation and usage of databases, etc.

We provide consultation in the areas of:

  • data privacy and protection
  • IT systems security
  • national and international outsourcing contracts
  • development, usage, and protection of software
  • contracts for the provision of IT services
  • drafting of company policies on the use of open-source applications
  • legal aspects of cloud computing
  • jurisdictional proceedings relating to the violation of intellectual property rights on software application

Portolano Cavallo couples an outstanding media practice with extensive expertise in IT-related matters. The media team excels in a range of areas, including IP, regulatory, licensing, advertising, contentious and contractual issues. The law firm additionally handles M&A transactions within the media sector. Data protection, launches of new services and IT contracts are also covered by its IT team. The firm’s lawyers act for a broad roster of high-profile global media and technology companies, as well as major telecoms providers."
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.”The team is at the forefront of innovation in relation to the use of AI for M&A, in particular in the context of due diligence [...] They are also one of the few law firms that has a permanent digital innovation officer in their team so they try to always innovate in the way the conduct their business."


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