Francesco de Rugeriis

Senior Associate

  • Intellectual property law (trademarks, copyright, designs, patents, trade secrets, publicity/image rights, unfair competition, advertising and marketing)
  • Information technology (ecommerce platforms, ISP regulation and liability)
  • Personal data protection and cybersecurity
  • Competition law/antitrust
  • Consumer law
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Videogames, games (RolePlaying Games, TableTop Games) and interactive entertainment
  • Esports and digital entertainment (audiovisual works and music)
  • Italian (mother tongue)
  • English

Francesco is a qualified lawyer specialized in IP, advertising law, personal data protection law, IT law.

Before joining Andrea Rizzi & Partners, Francesco worked in leading international law firms, assisting Italian and foreign clients operating in innovative and creative industries. In particular, Francesco has advised in connection with M&A transactions, handling IP, IT and data protection aspects, and, in general, offered judicial and transactional assistance in relation to IP, data protection, IT and advertising laws (with a particular focus on digital and influencer marketing). In one of the law firms he worked in previously, Francesco established and coordinated the firm’s Entertainment Law practice, which was focused on gaming and esports

Francesco practices primarily in the entertainment sectors (both interactive/digital and traditional), and handling Intellectual Property law, personal data protection, Information Technology and advertising laws matters. Francesco assists clients in drafting and negotiating agreements, corporate procedures/policies and corporate documentation, as well as advertising campaigns compliance assessments and in contentious cases. Francesco also manages digitization projects (also through the application of legal tech and smart drafing systems) helping clients to better exploit their intangible assets and intellectual property rights.

  • Professional qualifications
    • Admission to practice in Italy (Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano, 2018)
  • Degrees and diplomas
    • J.D. – cum laude (University of Siena, Italy, 2015)
    • Overseas semester (Tulane Law School, New Orleans, 2013)
  • Acknowledgements
    • The Legal 500, Recommended Key Lawyer for Intellectual Property and TMT (2021 e 2022)
    • The IPR Gorilla, Emergent IP Player (2022)
    • Studio Torta, Best intellectual property thesis (2015)
  • ‘Denigration and Comparative Advertising’, Advertising Law. Safeguards and Litigation, Giuffrè 2020 (with Gianluca De Cristofaro)