It is our duty to understand your business and thus be able to give you the best legal advice, not only from a technical point of view, but also from a practical business perspective.

Our national and international experience has seen us handle extraordinary operations, commercial contracts and every step of procedures before authorities in all EU member states. The legal issues we deal with range from balancing tariffs to interconnection charges, from liberalising the last mile to the universal licensing system, and from directories to decoders.

Our reputation is built on the asssistance we provide:

  • technology: internet start-ups; tech business vendors and purchasers; software and hardware suppliers (including new multimedia devices); and IT service suppliers, IT and BP outsourcing and offshoring
  • media: television and radio stations, film and television producers, record companies and publishers
  • telecommunications: landline and mobile network operators, ISPs, MVNOs, and equipment suppliers


Here’s what sets us apart

  • We guarantee outstanding legal services with a business-minded approach, thanks to our in-depth understanding of the whole range of scenarios and issues facing the sector
  • We have worked with Italy’s biggest telecommunications start-ups and assisted the country’s largest groups with outsourcing projects
  • We have drafted contracts for innovative projects such as convergence with mobile networks for digital TV, outsourcing digital broadcasting networks, and the creation and operation of national digital broadcasting networks

Case Studies

Golden Power: investments in strategic sectors

States around the world are becoming more involved in the economy and, through the Golden Powers legislation, are exercising control on investments in strategic sectors. What are the reasons behind this trend? Will Italy, which as has been very cautious in using the Golden Powers to date, ch …

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Golden Power: current landscape in the EU about "Foreign Direct Investment"

Foreign direct investment control mechanisms around the world vary in both substance and procedure. But what about in the EU? Even though it boasts a very open regime, concern about foreign investors, including state-owned companies, in strategic businesses is growing: their role in cross …

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OECD Discussion Draft on Financial Transactions - BonelliErede comments

In the context of the public consultation launched by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) on 3 July 2018 on the transfer pricing aspects of financial transactions, BonelliErede and Valdani Vicari & Associati provided to the Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing and Fi …

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Achmea: the future of investment arbitration in Europe

The European Court of Justice’s controversial judgment in Achmea v Slovak Republic has cast serious doubt on the continued viability of arbitration under intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. In an interesting webinar available here, our four i …

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UAE: Reforms opening to foreign investments

UAE is adopting strategic reforms to boost foreign direct investments in the UAE and thus reduce the UAE's economic reliance on the oil sector. Click here for more details from our Africa team.

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Third Party Funding: a useful tool to know in international arbitration

The funding of arbitration by a litigation funder on a non-recourse basis is a tool that can give companies access to massive amounts of capital and it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the client. On 15 May 2018, BonelliErede held a seminar on TPF in international arbitration, d …

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Ethiopia changes gear in the plan to open to privatization and foreign investments

Ethiopia is at a crossroad: the executive council has recently announced its decision to open state monopolies in the telecoms, electricity, logistic and transport sectors to private investors. Click

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Compensation for public contractors

The long-awaited Public Contractors’ Compensa …

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Caught in the “Crossfire”: quantum calculations in international arbitration

One of the primary challenges that arbitral tribunals face is the quan …

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Arbitration clauses in intra-EU BITs are not compatible with EU law: a momentous decision by the European Court of Justice

The ruling of the European Court of Justice regarding the arbitration clause in the Netherlands-Slovak Republic BIT will change the European investor-state arbitration landscape. The Court stated that the arbitration clause is incompatible with EU law. This ruling, which did not adopt the Opini …

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New edition of the FIDIC suite of contracts

After almost 18 years, FIDIC has updated its Rainbow Suite of Contracts, which is widely used in major construction projects worldwide. Find here more details on the new co …

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BonelliErede crowned “IP Firm of the Year” at the Legalcommunity IP&TMT Awards 2017 - 16 May 2017

BonelliErede was crowned “IP Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Legalcommunity IP&TMT Awards held on 11 May. The Legalcommunity IP&TMT Awards shine the spotlight on law firms that show excellence in IP, telecommunications and media. The judging panel highlighted the team’s “authorita …

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Tommaso Faelli named Lawyer of the Year Patents and Trademarks at the 2015 Legalcommunity - IP & TMT Awards - 12 May 2015

The 3rd edition of the awards was held in Milan, where our very own Tommaso was crowned Lawyer of the Year – Patents and Trademarks. Our firm is extremely proud of Tommaso’s achievement, especially given that the qualities the judging panel highlighted as their basis for selecting him a …

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