About us

The firm

ICT Legal Consulting is an international law firm founded in 2011 with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam, Athens, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Lagos, Melbourne, Nairobi and Riyadh, and a presence in fifty-four other countries (Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Vietnam).


The firm was established by Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini, who have successfully assembled a network of trusted, highly-skilled lawyers specialized in the fields of Information and Communication Technology, Privacy, Data Protection/Security and Intellectual Property Law.

Our history

2011 ICT Legal Consulting is founded by Paolo Balboni and Luca Bolognini in Milan


2012 Inauguration of the Bologna office


2013 The Rome office is operational


2014 The international desk is established in Amsterdam


2015 Our services are offered in 21 countries across the globe


2016 The IT/Security practice is launched


2017 The new Milan office is operational


2018 ICT Cyber Consulting – the spin-off company specialized in cybersecurity services – is born


2019 The Helsinki (Finland) office is open


2020 ICTLC Australia and ICTLC Spain are established. ICT Legal Consulting becomes Europrivacy™/® Ambassador Partner*


2021 ICTLC Greece is established in Athens


2022 ICTLC Nigeria opens in Lagos


2023 Opening of ICTLC France (Paris), ICTLC Kenya (Nairobi) and ICTLC KSA (Riyadh)



ICT Legal Consulting relies on more than 80 high-skilled lawyers worldwide to carry out our clients’ daily operations. We are capable of scaling up anytime required. The core team consists of 50 selected professionals.

Founding Partners

Paolo Balboni

Founding Partner

Founding Partner of ICT Legal Consulting and Professor of Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Contract Law at the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) Faculty of Law Maastricht University.

Luca Bolognini

Founding Partner

Founding Partner of ICT Legal Consulting and President of the ‘Istituto Italiano per la Privacy e la Valorizzazione dei Dati’. Attorney-at-law admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court, author, DPO and ethics & privacy adviser in EU projects.


Abdulaziz Almezeini
Managing Partner - Saudia Arabia

Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Almezeini is a partner at Almarzouk, Almoshawah & Partners, and the supervisor of the International and Local Consultations and Contracts Department and Managing Partner of ICTLC Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).


Olumide Babalola
Managing Partner - Nigeria

Olumide Babalola is an award-wining, consummate and passionate digital rights, privacy and data protection lawyer in Nigeria. He holds a Masters’ degree in International Commercial Law with ICT & Commerce from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.


Amit Gadhia
Managing Partner - Kenya

He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (practicing freelance), a Certified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E), a Certified Global Privacy Officer (ECPC-G), OneTrust Fellow of Privacy Technology and Privacy Engineering Certified with over 25 years experience.


Helaine Leggat
Managing Partner - Australia

Former Director of the Australian Information security Association, Lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria Australia, specialised in ICT, cyber security, personal data protection and governance.

Niamh Christina Gleeson
Managing Partner - France

Niamh Christina is a data privacy and data technology lawyer with over 20 years of experience specialising in the IT and Communications sectors and she is a Certified International Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E).


Leena Kuusniemi
Managing Partner - Finland

International experience as a legal advisor in global companies. Visiting Fellow at European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. Member of the Finnish Bar Association.

Spiros Tassis
TMT & Privacy - Greece

Leading IT Law, Data Protection and Privacy lawyer since 1999. Bar of Athens (Supreme Court), chair of the Hellenic Association of Data Protection and Privacy (HADPP), former co-chair of the IAPP Greek Knowledge Chapter, Associate of the Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Guest Lecturer.

Adrián Navarro
Desk Manager - Spain

Adrián Navarro is a Corporate/M&A lawyer based in Madrid (Spain). He advises companies on M&A, contracts, and corporate matters. He also has expertise in startups, guiding them from launch to international growth. Additionally, he teaches innovation law and startup development.

Alberto Bettiol
Managing Partner

Compliance and legal expert. He has gained a relevant experience at multinational companies, with specific focus on management of privacy related risks.

Nicola Franchetto
Managing Partner

Computer Technical Expert, LL.M in IT&IP Law, TUV Privacy Officer, Data Protection Officer (ECPC) certified and ISO27001:2013 Lead Auditor (Bureau Veritas) certified.

Davide Baldini

Member of the Florence Bar Association, he provides consultancy on data protection and IT contracts to multinational companies. Author of several publications, Data Protection Officer (ECPC) and PhD candidate in EU law at the University of Florence.

Luciana Di Vito

She provides legal advice concerning personal data protection, privacy, IT and in drafting business contract. Graduated cum laude in Law, she is a member of the Bologna Bar Association.

Federico Gatta

Lawyer admitted to the Bologna Bar. Federico combines a high-profile experience in banking and corporate field with a great interest for new technologies law and privacy

Antonio Landi

Member of the Milan Bar specializes in privacy and data protection, contracts, intellectual property, TMT and sports law. LL.M. in "Law of Internet Technology" at the Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.

Antonella Macinati

Lawyer with expertise in information and communication technology law. Currently, she provides legal advice to companies on EU data protection.

Vito Michele Pavese

Attorney at law specialized in ICT and commercial contracts. Working experience in China and USA. Master in Law and Technology at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Nicolò Maria Salvi

Lawyer with experience in data protection, Data Protection Officer certified UNI 11697:2017 and assistant to the chair of constitutional and media law at LUISS Guido Carli (Rome, Italy).

Laura Senatore

Graduated cum laude and lawyer, she works with data protection matters providing legal advice to companies and participating to different European research projects.


Martim Taborda Barata

Qualified Portuguese lawyer, specialized in Privacy/Data Protection, Intellectual Property, IT and Video Game Law. ECPC-B DPO certified, CSA CoC for GDPR Compliance Lead Auditor/Consultant and Europrivacy Implementer.

Francesco Torlontano

Qualified lawyer admitted to the Bologna Bar Association. Specialized in ICT Law, privacy and compliance pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001. Master in New Technology Law and Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna.

Francesco Capparelli
Chief Cyber Security Specialist

Quality and Information Security Manager. Attorney at law, Certified Ethical Hacker – ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 37001 and ISO/IEC 20000-1 Auditor/Lead Auditor, ISO 9001 (AICQ SICEV) – Master degree in Cybersecurity (Security in Biometrics and AI); Master degree in Competition and Innovation Law (Big Data and Privacy).

Giampaolo Bella
Chief Cyber Security Specialist

Professor of Cybersecurity with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and over twenty years’ experience on how to approach real-world security problems with logical rigour.

Maria Rosaria De Ligio
Cyber Security Specialist

Graduated in Investigation and Security Science. Master in "Cyber Security Compliance". Auditor ISO 27001:2022.

Francesco Giuseppe Bozzo
Cyber Security Specialist

ISO27001:2022 Auditor and Certified Ethical Hacker, he provides support to the team on cybersecurity and compliance.

Andrea Francesco De Luca
Cyber Security Specialist

Support and Junior System Administrator. He manages the e-learning platform and provides support to the team in hardware and software management and configuration. Auditor ISO27001:2022

Mattia Brambilla Pisoni
Cyber Security Specialist

Qualified lawyer, Auditor/Lead Auditor ISO 27001, 27701 and DPO (UNI 11697:2017), with experience in personal data protection and commercial law. He spent a research period at the University of Chicago, School of Law writing an experimental thesis on cryptocurrency financial law.

Andrea Maugeri
Ethical Hacker

Graduated in Informatics from the University of Catania, he supports the ICTLC – ICT Cyber Consulting team as an Ethical Hacker. He is a passionate CTF and Bug Hunting enthusiast.

Alessandro Leonelli
Ethical Hacker

Graduated in Computer Science at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, he is a CEH Certified Ethical Hacker with previous experience in software engineering.

Lara Maugeri
Cyber Security Specialist

Master's Degree in Philosophical Sciences from the University of Catania. CISCO Certifications: IT Support, Cyber Security & Networking. ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Auditor.

Sofia Pini
Cyber Security Specialist

Auditor ISO 27001:2022, she is a qualified technical and legal compliance specialist in the main international security and data protection standards.

Serena Pistritto
Cyber Security Specialist

Law Graduated with an Executive Master Tech Law & Digital Transformation. Auditor ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO 22301:2019. Member of Woman For Security (WFS).

Antonietta Riccardi
Cyber Security Specialist

Avvocato. Master in Cybersecurity Governance & Auditing. Auditor ISO/IEC 27001:2022.

Simone Seminara
Cyber Security Specialist

Simone has been studying physics and computer system administration. He has specialized in the design and management of cyber security and personal data protection.

Fabio Turano
Cyber Security Specialist

Lawyer, Data Protection Officer (DPO), and expert consultant in Data Protection, Information Security, and ICT Law. Specialized in the establishment and management of systems compliant with ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO 22301 standards.

Andrea Sudano
Cyber Security Specialist

Graduated in Law at the University of Milan. Master in "Cybersecurity & Defence" at the University of Catania. Auditor ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO 37001:2016, ISO 22301:2019 and ISO 37301:2021.

Umberto Visentin
Cyber Security Specialist

IT support and Junior System Administrator, he supports the team with his expertise in cybersecurity and compliance. Auditor/Lead Auditor ISO 27001:2022.

Giulia Finocchiaro
Cyber Security Specialist

Attorney at Law with a postgraduate Master in Cybersecurity Culture and Governance at the University of Catania. Auditor ISO27001:2022

Yazan AlMasri
Of Counsel – Cybersecurity Advisor

Yazan has over 25 years of professional experience in IT and Information Security. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Security, and is a certified CISSP, DPO (ECPC Maastricht University), PMP, ISO/IEC 27001 LI, ISO 22301 LI and ITIL. He served in technology areas including IT Infrastructure, IT Service Management, Business Continuity, Risk Management, Information Security and Privacy, covering multiple geographies globally within an international organization.

Mika Lauhde
Of Counsel – Cyber Security Advisor

Mika Lauhde is a heavy weight within the cyber security realm, with ample experience in the ICT, Infrastructures and Smart devices sector. He advises on policy, law, regulations, and broad cyber security trends and provides guidance for Telecom and ICT cyber matters.

Daniele Catteddu
Of Counsel – Cyber Security Advisor

Information security and risk management practitioner, technologies expert and privacy evangelist with over 15 years of experience. Identifies technology trends, global policies and evolving social behaviour and their impact on information security.

Brian Honan
Of Counsel – Cyber Security Advisor

Highly experienced information security professional. Over his 25-year career, he has delivered information security projects and services to organisations from SMEs to multinationals.

Raffaella Cesareo
Managing Associate

Attorney at Law, with experience in international cooperation, provides advice on business contracts. Master in International Affairs at ISPI of Milan.

Giulio Monga
Managing Associate

Lawyer with experience in data protection and new technologies. PhD in international law and regulation of digital platforms from the Catholic University of Milan. Free lance journalist.

Sara Pecoraro
Managing Associate

Master degree in Law with thesis on innovative Start-ups. Master in "Data Protection Officer and Privacy Expert".

Camilla Serraiotto
Managing Associate

Lawyer of the Vicenza Bar, Research Doctor at the University of Trento. Ph.D Student at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at Columbia University in NY. She provides advice on personal data protection, e-commerce, telematic and non-IT contracting.

Andrea Strippoli
Managing Associate

Italian qualified lawyer specialized in new technology law and data protection law. Master’s Degree in with honors in Corporate Law and LL.M. with honors in Law of Internet Technology.

Francesca Tugnoli
Managing Associate

Lawyer specialized in corporate criminal law, privacy and 231. Research doctor in criminal law, specialized cum laude at the E. Redenti school, graduated maxima cum laude in Law.

Eleonora Margherita Auletta
Senior Associate

Attorney at Law. Graduated cum laude with a thesis in EU Law on "Privacy Rights and Social and Health Services under GDPR". She obtained the Licence en Droit and the Master in Italian - French Law at the Université Paris Nanterre.

Ettore Corsini
Senior Associate

Lawyer with extensive experience in privacy consulting to multinational and Italian structured companies. He has lectured in the field of "Big Data" in the master's degree "Competition and Innovation Law" at LUISS University. He has provided privacy training, sponsored by the Italian Data Protection Authority, for the Moldovan Data Protection Authority. He has been a publicist for various legal journals.

Davide Fioravanti
Senior Associate

Graduated in law on March 2018 with a thesis on Information Law about the right to data portability. Internship at the Italian Data Protection Authority - Public Relation Office.

Isabella Oldani
Senior Associate

Lawyer at the Milan Bar specialized in data protection and new technologies law. Ph.D. at the University of Trento with a dissertation on international data transfers.

Carmine Perri
Senior Associate

Lawyer at the Milan Bar specialized in intellectual property and data protection law. LL.M. in Intellectual Property at the University of Turin, WIPO & ICT-ILO.

Gianluca Simon
Senior Associate

Civil law attorney and expert in the field of privacy and data protection. Member of the Rome Bar Association since 2003. He offers advice to private companies and public administration institutes.

Enza Cirone
Mid-level Associate

Lawyer admitted to the Bologna Bar, PhD in Data protection Law and Blockchain technology and Adjunct professor in EU Law at the University of Florence with substantial working experience in EU Institutions.

Giovanni Cortese
Mid-level Associate

Lawyer admitted at the Rome bar. Graduated with honors at the University of Bologna with a dissertation on balancing interests in the processing of personal data. Giovanni’s practice mainly deals with commercial contracts and personal data protection matters.

Lorenzo Covello
Mid-level Associate

Lorenzo graduated cum laude in Law from the University of Bologna and provides legal compliance services in the field of data protection, with particular focus on AI systems.

Jacopo Dirutigliano
Mid-level Associate

Lawyer admitted to the Turin Bar and PhD in "Law, Science and Technology", member of the Commission on AI of the Turin Bar Association. His main expertise are data protection law and artificial intelligence.

Vittoria Mazzotta
Mid-Level Associate

Member of the Florence Bar Association with European and international professional and academic background, she advises on personal data protection. LLM in English and French from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium).

Gennaro Volpe
Mid-level Associate

Lawyer at the Napoli Bar, specialized in data protection law. Master’s Degree in “Data Protection Officer and privacy law”. Master of Data Protection and Data Protection Designer at the IIP – Italian Privacy Istitute.

Maria Catarina Caridade Batista

Legal consultant with a master’s degree in Law and Technology. ECPC-B DPO certified and Europrivacy Implementer. Co-chair, Lisbon Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Miriam Andrea Fadda

Licensed to practice as a lawyer. Consultant specialized in privacy and data protection, combining DPO training with technical expertise in cyber security.

Ruanne Hanafy

Egyptian lawyer with a degree from Maastricht University in European Law (LLB) and an LLM in Advanced Law and Digital Technologies from Leiden University.

Panagiota Kelali

Lawyer with an extensive experience in Data Protection, Privacy and Intellectual Property Law. Admitted to Athens (Greece) and New York (USA) Bar Association. Served as a Non-resident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and as the Associate Director of The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law (Chicago, USA).

Wendy Kuyoh

Kenya qualified lawyer specialized in tech law and data protection law. LL.B (Hons) from Strathmore University of Kenya. She speaks English, Kiswahili and French.

Sofia Skiadopoulou

Attorney at law, member of the Athens Bar Association with experience in civil law, privacy and data protection law. She holds a Degree in Law and an LL.M. in Civil Law and New Technologies from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Chiara Zampaglione

Law graduate with honours from the University of Bologna. Experience in IP. She attended the Intellectual Property Law Summer School at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków and the Digital Law course at the Digital Law Center of the Université de Genève.

Domenico D’Ascola
Junior Associate

Legal Trainee. He holds a Master’s degree in Law from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome (specializing in Law & Innovation).

Kate Francis
Head of Research, Data Ethics and Digital Sustainability

Specialized in Privacy and Ethics Research, Development & Communications, MSc in Social Policy from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. She has worked between Rome and Milan in international law firms since 2014.

Margherita Barié
Of Counsel - Partnership Carnelutti Law Firm

Margherita Barié is a partner in Carnelutti Law Firm. She is a member of the firm's intellectual property and litigation departments.

Paolo Baruffi
Of Counsel - Partnership Carnelutti Law Firm

Paolo Baruffi is a member of the Executive Committee of Carnelutti Law Firm and a partner in the Firm. He is a member of the firm's tax department.

Francesca Fontana
Of Counsel - Human Resources

Francesca joined ICTLC in 2011 as a lawyer specialized in ICT and data protection law and later went on to become a Partner. She is a Lead Auditor BS ISO/IEC 27001:2013. Since 2021, Francesca has shifted her focus to mainly deal with HR and the selection of ICTLC's human resources.

Floriana Francesconi
Managing Of Counsel

Lawyer and arbitrator registered with the Bologna Bar Association. Data Protection Officer and member of Supervisory Bodies pursuant to Legislative Decree n. 231/01. She is an expert in labour law and a TÜV Italy certified privacy consultant.

Nicola Bernardi
Of Counsel

President of Federprivacy. Creator of the Italian event Privacy Day Forum. Director of the Corriere della Privacy. Privacy and data protection consultant.

Serena Essed
Of Counsel

Serena is a Surinamese qualified lawyer in both civil and criminal law. She has a broad expertise in Corporate, Contract, Business, ICT, Privacy and Labour law. She’s fully prepared to consult on the Surinamese Privacy and Data Protection law, drafted by Paolo Balboni as soon as the law is passed.

Giuseppe Fiordalisi
Of Counsel

Attorney at Law admitted to the Italian Highest Courts, certified Data Protection Officer pursuant to UNI 11697: 2017, legal consultant in privacy and protection of personal data as well as in tech law and contracts.

Lieke Font Freide
Of Counsel

Legal Counsel with ample international experience in IT, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Education and Healthcare industries. Lieke regularly advises multinational companies on complex legal matters with focus on both the Dutch legal system and international legal sources and best practices.

Luciana Grieco
Of Counsel

Attorney specialized in litigation and ADR. She practices principally labour law, private, commercial and societary law. She deals with administrative law as well.

Noriswadi Ismail
Of Counsel

Noris is an author, thought leader and a very experienced consulting practitioner in global data protection and privacy, data governance, data ethics, cybersecurity and emerging technologies' risks, with deep specialism in Asia, East Asia & APAC regions, and one of the IAPP European Advisory Board Members (2022-2023).

George Kanellos
Of Counsel

Lawyer with extensive experience in EU, civil, commercial, administrative and privacy law and litigation, member of the Athens Bar Association, member of the editorial board of Lawspot.gr (Greece’s most popular online legal hub), alternate member of the Special Committee of the Greek Ministry of Justice on a Proposal for a Law on the Transposition of Directives (EU) 2019/770 and (EU) 2019/771.

Gabriele Michelucci
Of Counsel

Provides legal advice to multinational companies, in Italy and abroad, mainly concerning data protection law and prize contest regulation.

Yeşim Kumova Mağat
Of Counsel

Graduated from the Faculty of Law, Koç University in 2013. Master's degree in economic law from Galatasaray University. Specialised in competition law and intellectual property. She is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association and has been a mediator since January 2023.

Meltem Manav
Of Counsel

Graduated from the University of Galatasaray Law Faculty in 2013. Master's degree in International Economic Law and Policy at the University of Barcelona. Specialized in the areas of competition law, business law, and intellectual property law. Qualified lawyer at the Bar Association of Istanbul since 2014.

Claudio Partesotti
Of Counsel

He provides legal assistance and advice mainly in the areas of Intellectual Property Law, Media & Entertainment Law, Advertising Law, Commercial contracts Law, Consumer and Trade Law.

Enrico Pelino
Of Counsel

Civil law attorney, specialized in IT Law (PhD, University of Bologna). Expert in privacy and personal data protection and information security. He mostly deals with litigation-related issues.

Guillermo Hidalgo Viedma
Of Counsel

Legal & tech expert based in Madrid (Spain). He advises companies on privacy, telecommunications, entertainment, e-recruitment, technological development and AI. He has experience as DPO in Spain and Portugal. He holds leadership roles in education and co-authored legal publications.

Fatih Yavuzer
Of Counsel

Lawyer admitted to the Istanbul Bar, provides legal consultancy services on compliance with the Turkish Personal Data Protection Law and the GDPR.

Rosaria Barbagallo
Finance and Administration Manager

She has a Master Degree in Marketing and Communication and working experience in international companies. She deals with Administration and Event planning. She is responsible for the accounting of the firm.

Juliette Delavigne
Assistant to Paolo Balboni

Graduated in Communication at ISCOM in Paris, she assists ICTLC team by scheduling meetings and conference-calls, arranging travels and carrying out administrative support.

Samantha Tangari
Assistant to Luca Bolognini

A graduate in Political Science, she has attended courses in Office Management, Marketing Management, Communication and PR. Thanks to her extensive experience in management secretarial work at international law firms, Samantha oversees many of the organisational aspects of ICTLC's legal team.

Kira Laudy
Translation Project Manager

Born in The Netherlands, she lived and studied modern languages and economy in Italy. Her international work experience has made of her a versatile manager capable of managing complex translation projects.

Geny Li
Finance and Administration Director

Born in Brazil to Taiwanese parents and with a degree in communication at ESPM of São Paulo, she manages the administrative and financial activities of all ICTLC offices.

Francesca Faccilongo
Administration Officer and Communication Assistant

She has an international working experience and speaks several languages. Francesca deals with administrative and communication work for the benefit of the entire network of collaborators.

Bindi Gadhia
Client Care, Admin and Finance – ICTLC Kenya

Bindi has an advanced diploma in Accounting and Business Management and has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from University of Mumbai. She handles the accounts, administration, and client care for ICTLC Kenya team.

Laura Groenhout
Office Manager

Laura is responsible for Business Support services ranging from Client & Facility Management to Event Management. She speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese and has basic knowledge of French.

Chantal Panday
Finance & Operations Manager

Chantal oversees all finance, strategic planning, resource management and administrative activities. She is responsible for
the day-to-day operation and helps develop and implement its vision and strategies.

Emanuele Patton
Chief Operating Officer

International working experience (Italy, Holland and Denmark). He manages the most complicated projects in order to ensure correct and timely execution.

Sofiana Gomes Pichon
Assistant to Paolo Balboni

Sofiana assists Paolo Balboni and the ICTLC team by scheduling meetings and conference-calls, arranging travels and carrying out administrative support.

Carla Pipitone
Administration Officer

Graduated in Criminological Sciences, Carla has previous experience in administrative offices. She provides support to the Administration Team in accounting and in the organization of events and travels for the ICTLC Italy Team.

International Awards

The Legal 500 EMEAITALY – Data Privacy and Data Protection

The Legal 500 EMEA ITALY – Industry focus: TMT


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