Dispute Resolution


Portolano Cavallo’s dispute resolution practice group is best known for TMT-related matters, but is also active in corporate and post-M&A disputes as well as contentious banking and finance, insolvency, IP and internet service provider (ISP) liability cases.
The dispute resolution practice group is ranked by The Lawyer European Awards (“European Litigation team of the year” in 2023), The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe and recognized by sources as “very specialised and focused on the final goal”. The firm’s professionals act on the full range of disputes, including complex corporate and commercial issues, as well as intellectual property, antitrust and bankruptcy proceedings, across a broad range of sectors.

The lawyers in our dispute resolution group match sophisticated legal expertise with wide-ranging industry knowledge to address client needs in industries such as digital/media, life sciences, fashion and  luxury.

We are recognized for our ability to think outside the box, tackling the most challenging matters and exploring uncharted innovative solutions. This is particularly important in the context of disputes, where one must be able to balance with care and creativity the pros and cons of court litigation, arbitration and mediation.

This has enabled us to secure favorable court judgments or arbitral awards in more than 8 out of 10 cases. If we include settlements and mediation agreements, our clients have secured positive outcomes more than 9 out 10 times.

Portolano Cavallo actively promotes other forms of dspute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, depending on clients’ needs, with a view toward finding the best form of dispute resolution for each particular client and their unique situation.

Our attorneys are members of the litigation and dispute resolution committees of professional associations such as the American Bar Association (ABA), International Bar Association (IBA), ICC and INTA. They participate as panelists at domestic and international conferences, and also regularly lecture in law school seminars and clinics.

Our litigation and alternative dispute resolution clients include:

  • Multinational defense, transportation, aerospace and security company
  • Italian 500‐store retail chain
  • Leading Italian food brand
  • Multinational networking equipment corporation
  • US software development and consulting group
  • Leading Italian tour operator
  • Kids’ clothing brand
  • Multinational engineering and technology consulting company
  • Social network
  • World‐leading fashion houses
  • Leading UK newspaper
  • Leading US financial news company
  • International on line travel company
  • Prominent Italian TV broadcaster

The main strength of Portolano as a team is its expertise in different areas and know-how in dispute resolution. Their feedback on practical aspects of litigation in Italy provided an edge in comparison with other law firms in Italy."
The team focuses on disputes arising in the TMT sector. Regularly assists clients with litigation related to IP rights, advertising and the internet. Also handles banking, insolvency and corporate disputes.


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