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BonelliErede has deep cross-border expertise in the full range of energy matters, notably in M&A and project finance, and further strengthened its highly regarded practice by hiring administrative and public law expert Luca Perfetti. Notably, the group advised oil and gas heavyweight Eni on the sale of its 12.5% stake in Saipem and assisted Etrion with the €222m refinancing of ten photovoltaic solar power plants. Mario Roli and Catia Tomasetti are also key contacts, along with recently promoted partner Elena Busson.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ energy lawyers are particularly active in the renewable energy, oil and gas sectors, where they rank among ‘the best professionals in the market’, who ‘strive for excellence’ and ‘work well beyond their contractual duties’. Practice head Ottaviano Sanseverino advised Ital Gas Storage on a €1.05bn project financing for the construction and operation of an underground gas storage facility. The team also recently worked for GDF Suez, A2A and the Province of Padua. Oriana Granato made partner and Francesco Puntillostands out from the crowd’.

Among the best firms for energy advice’, Legance – Avvocati Associati’s expertise spans regulatory and transactional assistance on both borrower and lender side. The group has a particularly strong standing in the renewable energy sector: ‘problem-solver’ Monica Colombera and counsel Antonio Palazzolo, who ‘delivers with depth and speed’, advised F2i on a €500m joint venture with Enel Green Power. Other high-profile clients include SunEdison, RTR Energy and UniCredit.

Ashurst has deep expertise across the renewable energy, gas and oil sectors and recently assisted ERG Renew with the acquisition of a 206MW wind farm portfolio in France and Germany. The team also advised clients such as UniCredit, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas on project finance and refinancing. Carloandrea Meacci and Franco Vigliano are the key contacts along with counsel Elena Giuffrè, who joined from BonelliErede.

Clifford Chance continues to attract a steady stream of big-ticket M&A instructions in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, oil and gas sectors from clients such as Edison, Eni and F2i. Practice head Umberto Penco Salvi recently advised Trina Solar on the sale of its entire stake in Lucania to SUSI Renewables 2.

DLA Piper has a particularly ‘strong renewable energy practice’, but also demonstrates ‘big industry knowledge’ of the oil and gas sector. The ‘excellent’ Giulio Maroncelli, ‘fantastic administrative lawyer’ Germana Cassar and practice head Francesco Novelli were recently appointed as the global legal advisers for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Other clients include ERG and E.On. Paolo Zamberletti joined K&L Gates.

Linklaters is one of the first destinations for clients seeking help with multi-jurisdictional gas and renewable energy matters; the team recently advised Enel Green Power on the acquisition and development of the Weilheim geothermal project in Bavaria. Practice head Tessa Lee is highly regarded.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi demonstrates an ‘unrivalled understanding of the energy business and its regulations’, particularly in renewable energy, natural gas, waste regulatory and energy efficiency matters. The group recently advised Finergy on a portfolio sale of hydroelectric power plants and assisted Estra Energie and Ascotrade with regulatory energy matters. Claudio Visco heads the practice.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘a high standard service level’ in advising on project finance and M&A, particularly in the renewable energy and gas sectors. Recent highlights for the recommended Arturo Sferruzza and his team include advising Eolsiponto on the €21m financing of a wind farm in Puglia.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has ‘extensive industry knowledge’ of the renewable energy sector, where it predominantly advises international corporations and infrastructure funds on cross-border financings and M&A. Clients include European Energy, Snam and Finint Investments. Cristina Martorana and the ‘very smart’ Carlo Montella are recommended.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘really proactive and client-oriented’ team advises clients such as Capital Stage and EDP Renewables on prestigious regulatory and transactional matters in the renewable energy industry but also exhibits strength in the conventional sector, where Eugenio Tranchino recently assisted RWE with entering the Italian electricity trading market.

Chiomenti Studio Legale is particularly experienced in dealing with complex project finance and M&A matters in the renewable energy and gas sectors. Carola Antonini assisted Ansaldo Energia with the acquisition of Alstom’s gas turbine business from General Electric.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP focuses on transactional and competition advice in the renewables and gas sector. Key clients include Eni, Snam and A2A. Roberto Bonsignore is the key contact for corporate matters.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP occupies a niche in representing states and government-owned entities in the oil and gas sector, but is also a key contact for renewable energy companies expanding abroad: Daniela Sabelli advises Enel Green Power on the negotiation of joint ventures in North Africa.

Tommaso Salonico heads the regulations-focused energy practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which recently experienced an increase in contentious matters and criminal investigations across the renewable energy, gas and coal sectors. Clients include A2A, Eni and E.On.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale provides ‘very good’ compliance, transactional and regulatory advice to energy companies from the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, such as SunEdison and TerraFirma. Leah Dunlop is the key contact.

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato has ‘a practical approach and high industry knowledge’, particularly in the renewable energy field where it acts for clients such as RWE Innogy, UBI Banca and Sumitomo. Carsten Steinhauer is ‘outstanding’; Marco Cerritelli joined from CBA Studio Legale e Tributario.

NCTM Studio Legale’s ‘great professionals’ recently advised Snam on regulatory issues related to gas transportation and assisted IBF during its €80m acquisition by TUBACEX. Eugenio Siragusa ‘solves every problem’.

Osborne Clarke’s fields of expertise span gas, oil, biomass and smart cities. Practice head Giovanni Penzo recently advised VNG Verbundnetz Gas on the €20m divestment of its 50% stake in Bluefin.

Paul Hastings LLP is ‘a trusted adviser’ for matters in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, gas and waste-to-energy sectors. The team recently assisted Sorgenia and A2A Trading with an asset swap regarding two CCGT power plants. Practice head Lorenzo Parola has ‘very strong negotiation skills’.

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