As a Public Notary I carry out my activity in Milan since 1990 where I founded the Studio Notarile Genghini, one of the most technologically advanced legal offices in Italy and in Europe in working with digital agreements and deeds. Strongly believing in the importance of notarising the digital environment, I have focused my efforts on creating the technologies needed by notaries for authenticating digital signatures (also at distance), for creating notary digital public deeds, and for securing emails and for long term preservation of data.
These outstanding results have been attained thanks to the collaboration with eWitness S.A. (www.ewitness.eu): technical and legal expertise have been imbedded in procedures and source code, in a way to provide an innovative and reliable infrastructure for legal communication and transactions.
As a result, in 2008, I have been the first notary in Europe to authenticate a fully digital agreement (which has been also filed at the registrar of companies in Milano). Since then in my office I have been authenticating more than one thousand digital notary deeds with customers, such as Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Bank PLC or ING Direct NV.
At EU level I have had the chance to develop a deep knowledge of the coordinated workings of the European Commission with the LSPs and the ESOs, having chaired respectively from 2001 to 2004 the CEN/ISSS E-Sign Workshop (European Committee for Standardization – Information Society Standardization System): under this chairmanship the three CEN CWA that specify the compliance with the requirements laid down in Annex II f to Directive 1999/93/EC (CWA 14167-1 & 2 regarding the security requirements for trustworthy systems managing certificates for electronic signatures, as well as CWA 14169 on secure signature-creation devices) have been approved and updated; since 2004 the technical body on Electronic Signature and Infrastructures (ESI) of ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute; since 2010 the Electronic Signatures Coordination Group, that coordinates the standardization effort of CEN and ETSI in the field of electronic signatures, with respect in particular to the implementation of the COM(2008) 798.
Moreover, I am currently involved in the EU law-making process, as Chairman of the e-Signature Coordination Group, formed by experts from both CEN and ETSI – it has been worked on a draft proposal for legislation to be implemented at EU level within the rationalized framework on eSignature requested by the European Commission through the Mandate 460.
I am a strong supporter of open standards, and in this context, I have worked for influencing Adobe’s strategy with PDF (which has been entrusted to ISO, becoming so an open specification) and which has been involved in the standardization of PDF signatures as European standards.
As an academic researcher I have been appointed in 2004 Visiting Professor at the Università Cattolica di Milano for Comparative Commercial Law, after many years of teaching commercial law in different Notary Schools in Italy: in those years I have been researching the legal, economic and social impact of electronic signatures.
In order to spread the notary digital approach I have founded in 2005, together with other technologically advanced European notaries, the cultural association Euronot@ries: on its website (www.euronotaries.eu) a translation in Italian of this blog is available.
In 2011 I have started cooperating to a EC funded research project on “electronic Identity Authentication and Signature” (eIAS) with experts from other major European law firms.
In December 2012, as ETSI ESI Chairperson, I am among the facilitators of a bold joint initiative of ETSI, the European Commission and Cloud Computing market players, in order to find a possible harmonisation of Cloud Computing, that transforms it from a collection of (somehow) interacting walled gardens, into a private-public infrastructure. http://www.etsi.org/WebSite/NewsandEvents/201212_CLOUDSP.aspx