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Gallavotti Bernardini & Partners

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Managing Partners: Mario Gallavotti, Antonio Bernardini
Number of Lawyers: 10
Languages: Italian, English, French

Firm Overview:
The firm has established a core practice in media, entertainment and sports, communication and information technology, and related intellectual and industrial property matters, offering advice on related mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transnational transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Communication & IT
Corporate & Commercial/M&A
Data Protection (Privacy)
Energy & Environment
Labour & Employment
Media & Entertainment
Real Estate

2 partners, 4 fee earners

Media & Entertainment:
GBP regularly works with some of the largest entertainment business operators assisting them with the legal aspects of the acquisition and sale of film rights, leases, the protection and economic exploitation of copyright issues, production and distribution agreements, purchasing agreements, licensing agreements, as well as with the negotiation and drafting of agreements with actors, directors, publishers, producers and distributors; all of this at both the national and international level. In addition to contractual services, GBP also provides legal advice on financing for film, theatre and multi-media productions, representing lenders, producers and distributors, in production and co-production agreements, sale and lease-back transactions, and other funding tools. The firm also provides assistance with the negotiation and drafting of agreements with advertising agencies, publicity sponsorships and telesales, including production placement in motion pictures or television products.
GBP has extensive experience assisting individual writers, producers, directors, and actors, among others, with their legal requirements relating to the motion pictures, television, theatre, publishing and advertising industries. This experience also includes assisting with the protection and exploitation of clients’ television, musical, publishing and multimedia products. These products can range from TV movies, television series, talk shows, reality shows, documentaries, radio talk shows, theatrical productions, as well as adaptations and revisions for specific transmission mediums to full length feature films.
The firm has been historically advising clients on the edge of conversion from analogue to digital communications, with specific regard to digital terrestrial transmission through fixed and mobile devices (including bandwidth agreements, EPG slots and advertising issues) and related M&A, regulatory, labour, commercial and operational issues.
On the technology side, GBP has extensive national and international experience with the legal aspects of acquisition and distribution of IP rights for all types of channels and transmission media, means and types of devices, through linear and non-linear, apps and social media.
GBP protects its clients’ media, communications, entertainment, and technology intellectual property rights on a worldwide basis. This extends to licensing and merchandising (entertainment and sport), compensation claims, copyrights, encrypted broadcasting, patents, litigation, settlement agreements, software patents, trademarks, as well as assisting with violations and infringement of rights.
Contact: Antonio Bernardini
Tel: +39 06 858231
Email: [email protected]

Communications & Technology:
1 partner, 2 fee earners
GBP assists a wide range of businesses in the industry with the navigation of complex regulatory, corporate and commercial legal issues. The knowledge comes from direct experience advising on the start-up and development of terrestrial, cable, satellite and internet communication projects, in addition to directly assisting with public tenders and public consultation procedures before the Italian authorities as well as in related commercial, corporate and regulatory matters.
GBP offers a full range of assistance on contractual matters related to communications such as terrestrial, satellite and space transmissions, value added services, acquisition, development and exploitation of related technologies, domestic and international license and authorisation proceedings, as well as the acquisition and development of new transmission means and technologies.
The firm’s professionals assist numerous organisations and companies on various matters relating to industrial property protection, research and developments, acquisition, research and development of software and design, architectural and engineering projects, billing and settlement systems, transmissions and remote control systems, data and image coding systems, integrated communications platforms, client management systems, multi-media projects.
GBP is also providing continuing advice to clients in the aerospace industry, satellite and terrestrial communications industry and internet industry.
Contact: Carlo Gallavotti
Tel: +39 06 858231
Email: [email protected]

1 partner, 3 fee earners
GBP sports practice provides a full range of services related to the professional sports’ industry. The firm counsels clients on a wide variety of sport related matters, specialising in the area where sport, media, name and likeness rights, licensing, and privacy issues converge.
The firm is particularly experienced in providing advice to media companies involved in the radio-television rights whose activity interlaces with sport related matters. In addition, the firm regularly advises sport sponsoring companies and enterprises whose goal is the exploitation of brands, name and likeness.
The firm is also experienced in all aspects of claims and disputes related to sports issues, regularly representing sport federations, leagues, associations, clubs, athletes, before of national and international sport courts, including arbitrate jurisdictions. The firm has a wealth of experience advising clients on a wide range of sports related matters, such as public tenders and the organisation of national and international sporting events, contracts, the transfers of athletes, financing and investments in the sports sector as well as with name and likeness rights, licensing, and privacy issues.
GBP advises individual athletes, clubs and professional sports federations on all aspects, including disputes, related to sports issues before national and international sport courts. GBP professionals are currently active members of professional sports arbitration committees.
Contact: Mario Gallavotti
Tel: +39 06 858231
Email: [email protected]