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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The issue of media ownership concentration in Albania continues, as do concerns about editorial independence and the lack of investigative reporting. Consequently, there are increased industry calls for media law reform.
In November 2022, the government voted to officially withdraw the so-called anti-defamation package from parliament’s agenda, following industry concerns about media freedom.
The Council of Europe’s Platform on Safety of Journalists and its partners, with members including Reporters Without Borders and the International Press Institute, shared related concerns in November.
In a joint statement, representatives commented: ‘These media owners, many of whom have cross ownership in key state-regulated industries reliant on public tenders, systematically use their media assets to serve their own private or political agendas rather than the public interest.’
In other developments, Albania’s television segment is the country’s most popular medium, with revenue reaching USD38.43 million in 2023, and predicted growth of 1.8 per cent in 2024.
Boga & Associates’ media work stems from its communications, entertainment and IP specialisation, which earns the firm its leading position. With an established national position, the full-service practice expanded its reach with an office in Kosovo and works closely with clients in both regions. The team regularly advises on copyright, advertising and unfair competition.
Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is known for its advice on regulatory issues, data protection, internet, anti-piracy and privacy. The firm is highly regarded for its work with broadcasters and maintains strong links with long-standing clients. Lawyers regularly advise Eurolloto, Telesport Television and Telesport Newspaper and have worked with AGON TV on the acquisition of rights from several international copyright agents on its behalf.
Tonucci & Partners has a distinct practice dedicated to sports and gaming. The firm runs separate divisions for media, IP and data protection. As part of their work practitioners provided legal and regulatory advice to the European Commission and supervised the telecommunications, multimedia and audio-visual legislative reform in countries including Poland, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic.
Media and entertainment are among the strongest practice areas of full-service firm Kalo & Associates. Also known for its IP services, the firm provides regulatory and transactional advice. Practitioners work with leading telecommunications operators, satellite and software companies among other clients.
Media clients describe Wolf Theiss as a practice “compounded of professional dynamic lawyers who are always available”. The firm works with clients from the broadcasting industry on multiple complex cases and is highlighted for “several specialties ranging from media law and IP law and commercial law to litigation cases”. The team is recognised by clients as “an expert in media law”.
Drakopoulos Law Firm is known for its combined media and intellectual property focus, with areas of expertise including entertainment and publishing law. The team advises on corporation transactions, sector-related disputes and unfair competition. Lawyers also handle advertising complaints in administrative and civil courts.
Loloci & Associates is widely recognised for its litigation expertise in the area of intellectual property, which drives its media activity. The firm is notably active in representing clients before the courts in matters including unfair competition, piracy and other related cases.
Boga & Associates
Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha
Tonucci & Partners
Gjika & Associates
Kalo & Associates
Bozo & Associates
Haxhia & Hajdari
Loloci & Associates
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