Ernesto Apa
Partner
Clients are quick to point out Ernesto Apa 's 'outstanding expertise, seriousness and independent judgement.' He is adept at handling regulatory and contractual issues as well as IP matters and litigious mandates. He also offers support in M&A deals within the sector."
CHAMBERS EUROPE 2020 – TMT: MEDIA

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 ranked by Who’s Who Legal (Global Elite Thought Leader both in the WWL: Data 2020 and in the WWL: Sports & Entertainment 2019 guides; National Leader in the WWL: Italy 2020 guides, both in the “Data” and the “Sports & Entertainment” chapters), Top Legal, Leaders League, Expert Guides (Legal Media Group) and he has been recognized as a Client Choice International Awards 2020 winner in the Media & Entertainment practice area.

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, television and audiovisual servicesinternetadvertising and unfair commercial practices, copyright, 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 CostituzionaleQuaderni CostituzionaliForo 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.

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.

Furthermore, he is vice-Editor-in-Chief of MediaLaws-Rivista di diritto dei media.

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 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).

[...] Ernesto Apa is very well known in the industry both for his professional and personal skills. He has an amazing capacity to understand his clients’ needs, and also suggest and support when assessing the impact on business of any new law or decision.”
LEGAL 500 EMEA 2020 – TMT
Ernesto Apa is one of Italy’s leading minds in the data space and is regularly engaged by clients on regulatory and contractual matters in the digital, media and telecommunications sectors.”
WHO’S WHO LEGAL ITALY 2020 – DATA
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