Chambers Europe 2023

Portolano Cavallo is ranked in the Chambers Europe 2023 guide with 5 practice areas and 9 professionals.

1. Corporate/M&A: Mid Market Band 3

Portolano Cavallo is adept at handling acquisitions, capital increases and divestments, particularly in the TMT and life sciences fields. The law firm’s client roster features a variety of corporates, including startups. The team frequently handles the Italian aspects of multi-jurisdictional matters.”

“We’ve had a very positive experience with Portolano Cavallo. They are always available when needed with a pragmatic approach.”

Portolano Cavallo offers outstanding legal expertise and is well-connected to the Italian market.”

“They are knowledgeable of many industries and have highly specialised team members.”

Portolano Cavallo is very reliable on strategy and execution, from partner level through to associate. They offer dedication, quality and timing.”

“They have a high involvement and provide very quick answers. They are a good team and know our project deeply.”

Luca Gambini, Francesco Portolano and Ginevra Sforza are also personally ranked in this area (click here to see the “Individual Recognitions” section below).

2. Intellectual Property: Band 6

Portolano Cavallo enters the rankings as an established boutique firm, offering IP services to media, technology and telecom clients. The firm advises on copyright, trade mark and design infringement cases. The team also handles mandates regarding licensing agreements and broadcasting rights.”

Portolano Cavallo operates in different sectors and with players of various kinds. This allows for a broad and complete vision of our business.”

Portolano Cavallo‘s approach is always very business-oriented.”

“The team is always responsive, well prepared and able to provide support in a timely manner. The level of service provided is always high.”

Lydia Mendola is also personally ranked in this area (click here to see the “Individual Recognitions” section below).

3. Life Sciences: Band 3

Portolano Cavallo is an established firm with wide-ranging skills in the life sciences sector, encompassing service provision, clinical trials and distribution agreements. The law firm offers further advice on regulatory and compliance issues as well as data protection and IP law. The team’s lawyers act for a range of clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.”

Portolano Cavallo provides very good service, with direct communications with all the team.”

“They are able to handle complex matters in a timely manner and with very good legal knowledge.”

Elisa Stefanini is also personally ranked in Life Sciences (click here to see the “Individual Recognitions” section below).

4. TMT: Information Technology: Band 2

5. TMT: Media: Band 1

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.”

Portolano Cavallo‘s TMT team is one of the best I have worked with in terms of service levels and responsiveness.”

“They are a firm I would trust with complex matters undertaken for global clients.”

“The firm deals with issues with extreme technical-legal competence, alongside long experience in the sector.”

Ernesto ApaLaura Liguori and Francesco Portolano are also personally ranked in this area (click here to see the “Individual Recognitions” section below).

Ernesto Apa: Band 1 for TMT: Media

Ernesto Apa is an accomplished lawyer who is widely recognised in the market for his expert handling of regulatory, M&A, IP and advertising matters for media clients. He also assists clients with public tenders for broadcasting.”

Ernesto is the best in class for media law. He has a deep knowledge of the market and its stakeholders, a vision and a good level of creativity.”

Ernesto is a lawyer out of the ordinary. He is reliable and extraordinarily balanced.”

Ilaria Curti: Band 3 for Compliance and Band 3 for White-Collar Crime

Ilaria Curti of Portolano Cavallo is a skilled lawyer who advises clients from the media, technology and fashion sectors on tax crime issues, fraud and bribery, as well as compliance.”

Ilaria Curti is an adept lawyer who is highly regarded in the compliance market. She has expertise in a range of matters, most notably in Law 231 organisational models and trade compliance.”

She is a highly experienced lawyer who is precise in her analysis. Her support is always valuable and punctual.”

She manages the needs of her clients and is able to understand how to support all our decisions and requests. We had great support from her.”

Luca Gambini: “Up and coming” for Corporate / M&A: Mid-Market

Luca Gambini handles venture capital transactions for investors and startups. His practice is complemented by his skills in cross-border acquisitions.”

Luca Gambini offers simple solutions to very complex problems every time.”

Luca is very helpful and has a strong sense of commercial issues. He was always available and very clear on any given deadlines.”

Andrea Gangemi: Band 6 for Employment

Andrea Gangemi is a respected lawyer from Portolano Cavallo’s employment department. He is particularly experienced in handling collective dismissal procedures and employment issues related to the transfer of employees. He also assists with industrial relations and employment aspects of regulatory compliance.”

Andrea is an excellent employment lawyer who is commercial and pragmatic.”

He’s very quick to respond and practical.”

Laura Liguori: Band 2 for TMT: Information Technology

Laura Liguori concentrates her practice in the area of data protection, regulations, IT contracts and GDPR compliance. She advises on both contentious and non-contentious mandates.”

Laura has a great connection with the data protection community in Italy. She is quick at responding, is very commercial and pragmatic in the application of the law, and provides great evaluations of risk.”

Lydia Mendola: Band 5 for Intellectual Property

Lydia Mendola is experienced at handling an array of copyright, trade mark and advertising matters. She often assists clients in the fashion and movie sectors.”


Francesco PortolanoBand 4 for Corporate / M&A: Mid Market and Band 4 for TMT: Media

Francesco Portolano is an adept lawyer who often assists clients with regulatory matters and media tenders. His practice also includes acquisitions and joint venture establishments.”

Francesco is intelligent, ready and always has a solution at hand.”

Francesco Portolano is a true innovator in the industry, a source of inspiration for the whole law firm and for clients.”

I’m happy with Francesco‘s service and reactivity.”

Ginevra Sforza: “Associate to watch” for Corporate / M&A: Mid-Market

Ginevra Sforza assists clients with acquisitions, management buyouts and capital increase matters. She is also experienced on cross-border mandates.”

Ginevra has a strong knowledge of M&A. She tackles red flags coming from deals very efficiently and takes into account the commercial side of the transaction as well. She is very responsive and always available to help.”

Ginevra Sforza offers high reactivity, quick answers and really good support services. She is rigourous and very reliable.”

Elisa Stefanini: Band 3 for Life Sciences

Elisa Stefanini is a lawyer who is highly rated by the market for her strength in the field, advising on clinical trials and contentious matters as well as compliance mandates.”

Elisa is an expert and an energetic lawyer. She is very careful in managing client expectations and deadlines.”

Elisa is an excellent lawyer providing prompt and accurate support.”

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