Portolano Cavallo

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Firm Overview

Portolano Cavallo advises businesses in areas which are complex and in continuing evolution: a leader in Italy in the digital, media and technology, and life sciences sectors, Portolano Cavallo is also recognised by legal rankings for its expertise in fashion and luxury field.

Portolano Cavallo’ practice areas ranges from corporate disputes to M&A and venture capital transactions, from emerging companies work to exploitation and protection of diverse forms of intellectual property, from employment to data protection, privacy and cyber-security, investigations, white collar crime and compliance.

The firm’s relentless focus on analysis, research, and training enables its professionals to offer rigorous solutions which are, at the same time, innovative and pragmatic. Thanks to this approach it has earned recommendations and awards in all its areas of practice.

Women make up 50% of the partnership: the firm rewards talent and passion consistently with the values of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

Number of partners: 14
Number of lawyers: 43
Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Main Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law:
Contact: Elisa Stefanini Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: estefanini@portolano.it

Compliance:
Contact: 
Irene Picciano Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: 
ipicciano@portolano.it

Commercial Contracts:
Contact:
 Antonia Verna Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: averna@portolano.it

Crisis Management:
Contact:
 Micael Montinari Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: mmontinari@portolano.it

Digital, Media & Technology:
Contact:
 Ernesto Apa Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: eapa@portolano.it

Dispute Resolution:
Contact:
 Micael Montinari Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: mmontinari@portolano.it

French Desk:
Contact:
 Yan Pecoraro Tel: +212 203 0256
Email: ypecoraro@portolano.it

German Desk:
Contact:
 Clemente Perrone Da Zara Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: cperronedazara@portolano.it

Intellectual Property:
Contact:
 Lydia Mendola Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: lmendola@portolano.it

Investigations:
Contact:
 Ilaria Curti Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: icurti@portolano.it

Labour & Employment:
Contact:
 Andrea Gangemi Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: agangemi@portolano.it

Life Sciences:
Contact:
 Luca Gambini Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: lgambini@portolano.it

Luxury & Fashion:
Contact:
 Manuela Cavallo Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: mcavallo@portolano.it

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Contact:
 Francesco Portolano Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: fportolano@portolano.it

Privacy & Cyber Security:
Contact:
 Laura Liguori Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: lliguori@portolano.it

Private Equity:
Contact:
 Manuela Cavallo Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: mcavallo@portolano.it

Real Estate:
Contact:
 Barbara Corsetti Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: bcorsetti@portolano.it

Regulatory, Antitrust:
Contact:
 Ernesto Apa Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: eapa@portolano.it

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Contact:
 Tommaso Foco Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: tfoco@portolano.it

Startup & Venture Capital:
Contact:
 Antonia Verna Tel: +39 02 72 2341
Email: averna@portolano.it

White Collar Crime:
Contact:
 Ilaria Curti Tel: +39 06 69 6661
Email: icurti@portolano.it

 

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

Francesco Portolano
fportolano@portolano.it

Firm Rankings

Competition/Antitrust
Band 4

4.0

Corporate/M&A
Band 4

4.0

Data Protection
Band 1

Dispute Resolution
Band 4

4.0

IP
Band 1

IP: Copyright
Band 3

6.0

Labour & Employment
Band 4

4.0

Life Sciences
Band 2

8.0

Restructuring & Insolvency
Band 4

4.0

TMT
Band 1

9.3

Articles

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Restructuring Secured COVID Loans: Mission Impossible

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31 May 2022
Not Hiring Women Due to Pregnancy is Discriminatory

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31 May 2022
Gender Equality: UNI Publishes Guidlines

On March 16, 2022, UNI (Ente Italiano di Normazione)[1] published the Reference Practice (UNI/PdR 152:2022) on gender equality, outlining the requirements for Gender Equality Certification referred to in the PNRR, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.[2]   Gender equality certification Italian Law 162/2021 introduced gender equality certification  (for more information, see our previous article “The bill on equal […]

31 May 2022
Recent Amendments to the Italian Regime for control of FDI

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25 May 2022
The new decree on non-profit studies: Data and results may now be sold

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03 May 2022
Fashion and Copyright: When Can a Bag Be Considered Art?RT?

The latest ruling of the Court of Milan stated that the commercial success of a fashion item does not automatically entail copyright protection, which requires proof of creativity and artistic value. The protection of fashion designs is a hotly debated issue, and one that Italian and EU courts have often discussed and decided upon. One of the […]

03 May 2022
Likes on Facebook Posts: How They Are Viewed By the Criminal Courts

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28 Mar 2022
Fashion Conquers the Metaverse

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28 Mar 2022
EU Sanctions: New Whistle-blower Tool for Reporting Possible Sanction Violations

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28 Mar 2022
Court of Cassation to Determine Legal Effects of Anti-Competitive Agreements on Downstream Contracts

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02 Mar 2022
Fashion Conquers the Metaverse

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02 Mar 2022
Digital & IP

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02 Feb 2022
Sustainable Mobility in Europe and Italy.

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COMING REFORM OF CORPORATE CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN ITALY IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT: WILL THERE BE DPAS?

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20 Dec 2021
You Want to Sell a Business for 1 Euro, Can You?

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20 Dec 2021
A FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW GERMAN SUPPLY CHAIN DUE DILIGENCE ACT

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20 Dec 2021
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29 Nov 2021
Whistleblowing: Are Italian anticorruption authority and Confindustria guidelines

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28 Oct 2021
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28 Oct 2021
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28 Oct 2021
The Importance of Checking (All) the Right Boxes to Secure Your Application: The General court Rules on Veuve Clicquot’s Orange Trademark

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28 Oct 2021
An unexpected judgment challenges an established stance on directors’ remuneration

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28 Oct 2021

Press Releases

Portolano Cavallo/Wilson Sonsini Webinar: Structuring Venture Capital Transactions in US, UK, and Italy

Structuring Venture Capital Transactions in US, UK, and Italy May 4, 2022 Webinar 5:00 – 6:00 pm (CEST time) Portolano Cavallo and Wilson Sonsini are excited to partner on a webinar discussion to share experiences on the similarities and differences in US, UK and Italian markets with respect to: • structuring VC transactions (e.g., SAFE, […]

20 Apr 2022
Portolano Cavallo: Maria Balestriero Joins as ‘Of Counsel’

Portolano Cavallo is growing its intellectual and industrial property practice group and strengthening its focus on Life Sciences by welcoming Maria Balestriero as of counsel. Maria will work on patents with a focus on the chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in representing clients in national and international dispute resolution in the chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, […]

28 Mar 2022
Portolano Cavallo: Maria Balestriero Enters as Of Counsel

Portolano Cavallo strengthens the intellectual and industrial property department , and its Life Sciences focus , with the entry of Maria Balestriero as of counsel . Maria will provide patent legal assistance with a particular focus in the chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. For over 20 years Maria has been assisting clients in the management of national and international disputes in the chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors and […]

02 Mar 2022
Italy: PORTOLANO CAVALLO AND RUSSO DE ROSA ASSOCIATI ARE THE FIRMS INVOLVED

Portolano Cavallo and Russo De Rosa Associati are the firms involved in the acquisition of 100% interest in A.P. System S.r.l. by Total Specific Solutions (TSS) B.V. TSS is a leading provider of business IT solutions, mainly operating in vertical markets from healthcare to public administrations and retail. TSS itself it listed through Topicus.com Inc. on the […]

20 Dec 2021

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