A new ICT partner is set to make an impact in Milan

05 Sep 2018

Simmons & Simmons has continued to enhance and diversify their offering as they welcome a new Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) team in Italy, who will focus predominantly on corporate and commercial work in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector. The team will be led by partner, Edoardo Tedeschi, who joined the firm on 01 September 2018. This follows the recent arrivals of IP partners Stefania Bergia and Giulio Enrico Sironi who also joined the firm this week.

The appointment of this new ICT team is a direct response to client demand for services that cover some of the key areas in the market such as FinTech, digital transformation and GDPR related issues. These additions also strengthen the Corporate & Commercial practice in Italy. The new team have extensive knowledge of the way in which the TMT market, has developed over the years both in Italy and internationally, having acted in this sector for many years.

Team lead, Edoardo, joins the firm from Osborne Clarke, bringing over 20 years’ experience to this new role. During this time he has accrued considerable experience in national and cross-border corporate transactions and in the negotiation of complex and large-scale contracts in the TMT sector. Edoardo works with international clients on acquisitions and development capital, dealing with all the commercial day-to-day business (B2B and B2C) within the digital business sector. Furthermore, he launched the Legal Accelerator programme in OC Italy which was aimed at selecting the best start-ups for presentation to investors in the Digital sector worldwide and recently a Blockchain Roadshow to clients across Europe to highlight legal aspects and solutions of this disruptive technology both in Fintech and in Industry 4.0, areas of business where Simmons & Simmons believes the market is severely and increasingly looking at.

Edoardo will be supported by supervising associate Alessandra Bianchi who will also be joining the firm from Osborne Clarke.

Commenting on the arrival of the ICT team, partner and country head, Andrea Accornero said: “Technology innovations are accelerating a new era of business transformation. In this exciting environment and in response to market demand for high level TMT services, it has become crucial to provide clients with unparalleled quality and geographic coverage in this strategic sector. Edoardo is the right person to establish a winning ICT practice in the country, being among the elite group of experts in this field in Italy. I am delighted to welcome him to the Milan office which has seen impressive growth over recent times.”

Speaking about this important appointment, partner in the Information, Communications & Technology group at Simmons & Simmons and head of technology, media and telecommunications Alexander Brown said: “The digital transformation of companies is happening at an unprecedented speed. Disruptive technologies are both challenging and enabling businesses in equal measure. Edoardo and his team will provide cutting edge advice and proactively help clients with their digitalisation strategies. He has a long track record on complex and innovative matters and he will boost our TMT sector offering in Italy and support the wider growth of our TMT sector team across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.”

Simmons & Simmons has significantly grown its international ICT practice over the past year. The arrival of Eduardo follows the appointment of partners, Marina Cousté and François Jonquères who joined the firm’s Paris office in January 2018.

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