About us

The firm

ICT Legal Consulting is an international law firm founded in 2011 with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam, Madrid, Athens, Helsinki and Melbourne, and a presence in thirty-three other countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States).


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



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’. Member of the Rome Bar Association, author, DPO and ethics & privacy adviser in EU research projects.


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.

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
Managing Partner - 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.

Maria Katie Bua
Desk Manager - Spain

Attorney at Law in both Italy and Spain. Double law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid and from the University of Florence. She is an expert commercial, M&A, IP and IT law. She speaks Spanish, Italian and English.

Floriana Francesconi
Senior Partner

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.

Alberto Bettiol

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

Valerio De Feo

Lawyer with experience in M&A, deals with privacy and B2B agreements. Winner of the Google Professional Scholarship for the LUISS Master in European Data Protection Law

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.

Nicola Franchetto

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.

Antonio Landi

Advocate at 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.

Philippa Leggat
Partner - Director ICTLC Australia

Philippa is an executive, director and advisor whose focus is to help companies gain competitive advantage. She specialises in commerce and strategy, with solutions for practical implementation. Bachelor degrees specialising in strategy, financial management and risk and a master’s degree in data science strategy and leadership.

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.

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

Lawyer with expertise in IP and Data Protection Law, as well as Information and Communications Technology Law. Member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Francesco Capparelli
Chief Cyber Security Specialist

Law Graduated – Auditor ISO/IEC 27001:2013 – 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 Advisor

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.

Alessandro Fratini
Chief Compliance Officer

Graduated from Sapienza University of Rome. Executive Master in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime at the Mands Business School (Rome).

Antonio Caragliano
Chief Ethical Hacker

Graduated in Network and Computer Security at University of Catania. Ethical Hacker (Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing)

Stefano Bognanni
Cyber Security Specialist

Graduated in Computer Science, he is currently a graduate student in Networks and Security. Expert in machine learning, cybersecurity, cryptography and protocol analysis.

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.

Giulia Rosignuolo
Cyber Security Specialist

Law degree. Master in “Corporate Legal Counsel” with a thesis on “cyber security and technological data protection by design”. Auditor ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO 37001:2016 and ISO 9001:2015.

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).

Giuseppe Prò
Of Counsel – Cyber Security Advisor

Master in Computer Security. IT Security Researcher, Ethical Hacker (Vulnerability Assessment – Network, System and Web Application Penetration Test), Information Security Specialist.

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.

Davide Baldini
Managing Associate

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 researcher in EU law at the University of Florence.

Federico Gatta
Managing Associate

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

Marco Emanuele Carpenelli
Senior Associate

Graduated cum laude with a thesis on Civil Law about the DPO. Internship at the Italian Data Protection Authority - Public Administration, Healthcare and Research Sectors.

Raffaella Cesareo
Senior Associate

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

Giada Iovane
Senior Associate

Lawyer, with experience in data protection and IP. Graduated with honors in civil law at the Roma Tre University, she has subsequently carried out internship ex art. 73 D.L. 69/2013. Post-graduate course in law and management of intellectual property at the Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome.

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.

Alessandra Poggio
Senior Associate

Legal consultant, Privacy and Data Protection specialist with experience in Corporate and Business Law. Passionate about IT Law and new technologies

Camilla Serraiotto
Senior 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.

Nicolò Maria Salvi
Senior Associate

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).

Andrea Strippoli
Senior 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
Senior 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.

Alice Audino
Mid level Associate

Graduated in Law with top marks with a thesis in legal informatics on human-computer interaction. Mooter at the ELMCC. Italian-French double degree. Advanced course in Data Protection.

Isabella Oldani
Mid level 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.

Sara Pecoraro
Mid level Associate

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

Eleonora Margherita Auletta

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.

Letizia Ceccarelli

Experience in Intellectual Property Law, ICT contracts and data protection. Executive Master in Tech law and Digital transformation. English and French speaker.

Davide Fioravanti

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.

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).

Valentina Sapuppo

She carries out legal consultancy activities as an expert in ICT, privacy, protection of biometric data. She is also specialized in information ethics. Fellow of The Italian Institute for Privacy and Data Valorisation.

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.

Fatih Yavuzer

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

Kate Francis
Privacy, Ethics & Communication Specialist

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

Margherita Barié
Of Counsel - Partnerhisp 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 - Partnerhisp 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.

Matteo Bazzani
Of Counsel - Partnerhisp Carnelutti Law Firm

Matteo Bazzani is a partner in Carnelutti Law Firm. He is a member of the firm’s restructuring and insolvency department.

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.

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.

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.

Andriele Zanotto Gotelip
Of Cousel

Lawyer with eight years of experience as an in-house lawyer for a large multinational company. Specialized in data protection from Maastricht University. Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association.

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.

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.

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.

Gianluca Simon
Of Counsel

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.

Francesco Torlontano
Of Counsel

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. He speaks fluent Italian and English.

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.

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.

Carla Pipitone
Administration Assistant

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.

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.

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.

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 Operations Officer

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

International Awards

The Legal 500 EMEAITALY – Data Privacy and Data Protection

The Legal 500 EMEA ITALY – Industry focus: TMT


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