Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Portolano Cavallo è presente nella guida Legal 500 EMEA 2021 con 9 aree e 7 professionisti ranked:

1. Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Tier 5

2. Data Privacy and Data Protection: Tier 1

3. Dispute Resolution: Tier 4

4. Employment: Tier 5

5. EU and Competition Law: Tier 4

6. Healthcare and Life Sciences: Tier 1

7. Intellectual Property: Tier 3

8. IP: Copyright: Tier 1

9. TMT: Tier 1

1. Commercial, Corporate and M&A: Tier 5

“Portolano Cavallo distinguishes itself through expertise in cross-border deals; emerging companies; and digital, media, technology, life sciences and healthcare-related transactions. Francesco Portolano and Manuela Cavallo both regularly act for US clients on cross-border deals involving Italy. Also highly regarded are venture capital expert Antonia Verna and life sciences specialist Luca Gambini.”

Cinque dei nostri professionisti sono menzionati come Practice head” (Francesco Portolano, Manuela Cavallo, Antonia Verna) e Other key lawyer (Luca Gambini, Tommaso Foco) in quest’area.

Responsiveness and dedication.

Professional, ethical, knowledgeable, accurate, and always ready to help – a law firm with a very human face.

Flexible while maintaining the quality of their work.

The firm has a very strong focus on the world of start-ups, and is able to offer a very personalised and advanced service in both corporate matters and fund raising operations.

The partners and the entire team are able to build strong relationships based on availability and quality of service.

A very dynamic and strong boutique that is a leader in the media sector and pays particular attention to innovation. It is always results oriented and proactive in solving problems.

A competent and responsive team, with professionals who provide pragmatic advice on complicated matters in a reasonable time. The team quickly understands clients’ business and finds workable solutions to balance the legal risks with the needs of the company.

Antonia Verna is appreciated for her availability, professionalism and competence.


“Portolano Cavallo’s data privacy and data protection practice, which sits within the TMT group, is ‘highly professional, constantly updated and fully available to its clients’. It assists with all aspects of data protection laws, including compliance, data breaches, data transfers, cookies and privacy of employees, among others. The firm also provides an AI-powered due diligence automation solution called Luminance. Laura Liguori is highly focused on internet and data protection matters. Counsel Giulio Novellini acts for clients in sectors such as fashion, transportation, IT, life sciences and medical devices, and leisure and entertainment.”

Due dei nostri professionisti hanno ottenuto riconoscimenti individuali in quest’area: Laura Liguori è ranked come Leading Individual, oltre ad essere menzionata come Practice head”, mentre Giulio Novellini è ranked come Rising star, oltre ad essere menzionato come Other key lawyer” insieme a Fabiana Bisceglia ed Eleonora Curreli.

“Great experience in the sector with guaranteed professionalism from its collaborators/partners. I do not know of other firms that have such expertise in the sector.

“All the professionals on the team are well trained and have a lot of experience in this field. This makes them reliable and guarantees us safety.

“They are a lean, but very fast and smart team.

“Highly professional, constantly updated and fully available to its clients.

“Very profound preparation in a subject that makes them well known in the sector.

Laura Liguori is always available – she is smart, fast and reliable.


“Portolano Cavallo delivers ‘excellent’ advice on cross-border matters, which is facilitated by the strong collaboration between the Rome, Milan and New York offices. Micael Montinari and Martina Lucenti, who jointly lead the team, cover commercial litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Montinari is notably active in the technology and digital sector, while Lucenti focuses on corporate and post-M&A disputes.”

Due dei nostri professionisti sono menzionati come Practice head (Martina Lucenti; Micael Montinari) in quest’area.

Harmony between the various members of the team, each specialized in his or her field. This results in a speed and efficiency.

Very capable professionals who are always available to meet the customer’s needs.

The team always responded in time with very good knowledge of the procedures and provided very useful advice.

Always available, Open to proposals and very good knowledge of the Italian procedures and laws.

Teamwork and professionalism

Accuracy, preparation, reliability, professionalism

Excellent advice, which is always very clear, commercial and pragmatic. The firm is also very responsive, and their lawyers are a real pleasure to work with. 

Martina Lucenti is fantastic. She provides extremely clear and practical advice, and is always very quick with her replies. Martina’s English is also excellent.

4. Employment: Tier 5

“Portolano Cavallo’s employment team is led by Andrea Gangemi and includes associate Tabita Costantino. It acts for clients on a standalone basis and also often works closely with the M&A and data protection departments. The group’s wide-ranging expertise includes employment contracts for senior executives, employee privacy, individual and collective dismissals, and disciplinary sanctions. In addition to undertaking non-contentious work, the team also represents clients in court proceedings, trade union litigation and arbitration.”

Due dei nostri professionisti sono menzionati come Practice head” (Andrea Gangemi) e Other key lawyer (Tabita Costantino) in quest’area.

Portolano Cavallo is exceptional in speed and reliability. In HR law, its advice is always well-balanced and well-founded.

Andrea Gangemi and his team are very much in tune with corporate clients’ needs and react quickly and succinctly as needed. Timely and practical advice.

Andrea Gangemi is extremely responsive and practical in his approach and works closely with the client’s team.

5. EU and Competition Law: Tier 4

“Portolano Cavallo fields sector experts in fashion, luxury, automotive, media, life sciences and energy. The team was recently active in selective distribution and merger control matters. The principal contacts are counsels Enzo Marasà and Irene Picciano; the latter joined in 2019 from De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani.”

Due dei nostri professionisti sono menzionati come Practice head” (Enzo Marasà; Irene Picciano) in quest’area.

A young, dynamic and specialised firm that has very competent professionals, who know the business realities of clients and provide tailor-made advice.

Counsel Irene Picciano is a very experienced connoisseur of competition issues; she is also very helpful and attentive to the peculiarities of the various product sectors.

6. Healthcare and Life Sciences: Tier 1

The ‘responsive and very attentive’ practice at Portolano Cavallo provides a full range of services to clients within the life sciences industry including transactional, regulatory and contentious issues. Clients include multinational pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers and manufacturers of medical devices. M&A specialist Luca Gambini and regulatory expert Elisa Stefanini head the practice.

Elisa Stefanini è ranked come “Next Generation Partner” ed è inoltre menzionata, insieme a Luca Gambini, come Practice head”.

Specialist skills, in-depth study of every aspect underlying the issues dealt with, constant updating.

Rapidity in finding requests with completeness of information.

The studio has assisted us on important operations, especially in the digital field, always identifying valid solutions in areas where the interpretation of the regulatory data is extremely complex. The ability to follow innovation always suggesting a solution (legally viable path) is certainly the strength of the studio. To it are added punctuality, availability, patience, as well as high professionalism.

The lawyer Elisa Stefanini (and her staff) certainly deserves to be mentioned for the high coordination capacity of the work team and the always guaranteed telephone availability.

Great availability and attention to customer needs, rapid response while maintaining an excellent quality standard

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Elisa Stefanini and I appreciated her competence in the sector, her maximum availability and the ability to involve the most appropriate people in her team for the various issues submitted

Portolano life science practice is very reliable, acute, agile, mixing all legal practices to assist players, including regulations, data privacy, AI, corporate M&A, IP, competition, etc. They are offering a high level service with a good team size (not too big) which make them stay dynamic

Luca Gambini and Elisa Stefanini are both experts and pragmatic persons, easy to access, get to the point and very well understand client’s needs. They understand and can evolve in an increasingly digitalised landscape They are international in their practice.

This firm is highly respected. Their Life Sciences team is impressive.

I have had the pleasure of working with Elisa Stefanini and Luca Gambini. Elisa advised my company on healthcare matters. Her advice was specific and targeted. She demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and a masterful command of the intricacies of the local laws and how they apply to healthcare businesses. I highly recommend her and her firm.

The team is a professional team, responds very accurately and quickly showing a lot of attention to the customer.

High competence of professionals in the areas of expertise of the firm, high specialisation in particular in pharmaceuticals, in-depth knowledge of risk areas and the ability to develop practical solutions that meet the needs of the client

Practicality in the opinions provided, quick response, willingness to provide support and assistance even at short notice

The team were responsive and knowledgeable.

Portolano is by far (one of) the most pragmatic top firms in Italy. Their service is fast, their advice is always hands-on but thorough.

I mainly work with Elisa Stefanini. Elisa is extremely knowledgeable in life sciences. Her responsiveness is supersonically fast (which is often a must for us) and she is most notably a very agreeable person to work with.

Professionality, competences, knowledge, problem solving

The Portolano Cavallo law firm is very responsive and very attentive to every request that is addressed to it. The quality of the answers also distinguishes it from other companies.

Luca Gambini and Elisa Stefanini are very helpful. They are also very efficient in their field.

The ability to understand needs and to be pragmatic but rigorous in proposing a solution

Respect, kindness and transparency

7. Intellectual Property: Tier 3

8. IP: Copyright: Tier 1

Lydia Mendola heads up the intellectual property practice at Portolano Cavallo. She represents clients in court proceedings, with a particular focus on infringements of trade marks, patents, designs and copyrights. In addition, Mendola is experienced in handling corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Her team is particularly recognised for its knowledge of the digital, technology, life sciences and fashion industries. It handles consumer protection matters and advertising issues.”

Lydia Mendola è ranked come “Next Generation Partner nell’area Intellectual Property, oltre ad essere menzionata come Practice head”. Ernesto Apa, inoltre, è menzionato come Other key lawyer” nella stessa area.

Extremely knowledgeable about the applicable law, as well as very strategically-minded.

Very responsive to its clients. They particularly excel at mapping out winning strategies early on, and successfully executing on those strategies.

High performances, tailor-made support, business-oriented, fast advice

The team has a strong understanding of business priorities, is extremely dedicated and ready to solve the issues in a pragmatic way.

A very international approach and strong in navigating in both traditional IP areas and the surrounding areas

Professionalism, acumen, mental flexibility, great negotiating skills

Excellent advice, very commercial and practical. Always prompt and clear advice on complex issues. They are very quick to adapt to any innovation or change in process. Excellent knowledge of the sector and the needs of clients.

Ernesto Apa is always available to give pragmatic and well-considered advice.

9. TMT: Tier 1

Portolano Cavallo is distinguished by its broad practice, which is the go-to choice for a considerable number of Italian TV channels, OTT streaming services and media companies in general. The team stands out for covering all aspects of TMT, including technology, Laura Liguori‘s focus; digital and media matters, which are core areas for Ernesto Apa; and TMT transactions, managed by Francesco Portolano. Counsel Donata Cordone‘s work on advertising, e-commerce, consumer protection and audiovisual media is highly regarded. The firm has knowledge of the US market thanks to a representative office in New York and is a corporate partner of the Women & Tech programme.

Quattro dei nostri professionisti hanno ottenuto riconoscimenti individuali in quest’area: Laura Liguori è ranked come Leading Individual, oltre ad essere menzionata come Practice head” insieme ad Ernesto Apa e Francesco Portolano, entrambi ranked nella Hall of Fame”. Donata Cordone è ranked come Rising star, oltre ad essere menzionata come Other key lawyer” insieme a Fabiana Bisceglia.

Legal knowledge, style and professionalism. Undoubtedly, Portolano Cavallo has a strong expertise in TMT practice, like few other firms in Italy have.

Ernesto Apa is has a rigorous and at the same time informal style. Outstanding expertise, professionalism, seriousness, transparent behaviour, fair approach with public institutions, independent judgement, and in-depth understanding of the interactions between the reasons of the clients and the public interest connected to regulation.

In-depth knowledge of the TMT sector, with particular reference to the media area. They are able to quickly understand the specific needs of the client by providing brilliant tailor-made solutions. Undoubtedly an excellence in the TMT legal landscape!

Ernesto Apa is a star of the media sector. He boasts an encyclopaedic knowledge of media regulation, is reactive and always manages to find the solution that satisfies the client in compliance with current legislation. He also enjoys considerable appreciation from the institutional and academic world.

Ernesto Apa is a role model for how a lawyer should conduct his business

Excellent advice, very commercial and practical. Always prompt and clear advice on complex issues. They are very quick to adapt to any innovation or change in process introduced by the client or our firm. Excellent knowledge of the sector and the needs of clients.

Ernesto Apa is always available to give pragmatic and well-considered advice. Great, prompt and clear advice from Fabiana Bisceglia and Donata Cordone.

The strong point is the quality, accuracy and understanding of the customer’s needs.

Boutique with excellence in the media and TMT world; dynamic team, attentive to innovation; use of clear and direct language in opinions; willingness to discuss advanced fee models

Francesco Portolano: brilliant mind and able to proactively give useful ideas to the customer on market evolution, laws, etc.

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