Rocco Panetta

Rome, Italy KnowledgeNet Chair
Panetta & Associati

Rocco Panetta is the managing partner of Panetta & Associati. He is a commercial and regulatory TMT lawyer as well as a specialized lawyer in the energy, infrastructures and environmental law sectors. Former head of legal department at the Italian Data Protection Authority and the Italian representative for the Article 29 Working Party at the EU Commission, Panetta has extensive experience in private practice assisting both domestic and multinational corporations. He has acquired a significant and noteworthy experience in the TMT field since the early start of the IT/telecom revolution in the nineties. Previously appointed secretary general, Panetta is commissioner of the Italian Environmental Impact Assessment Commission.

Panetta’s career has included positions at Ughi & Nunziante (1996–1999); Baker & McKenzie (1999–2001); the Italian DPA (2001–2008); and Panetta & Associati (2008–to date). And his professional affiliations include the Italian and Rome Bar Associations; IAPP Advisory Board; Advisory Board of the IEL; Scientific Committee of the IIP; and IBA.

Panetta was the editor of the Code of Renewable Energy 2010 and has authored numerous books and articles on TMT, environmental and privacy law.