Administrative and public law in Italy


Headed by the ‘intuitive and innovativeLuca PerfettiBonelliErede’s multidisciplinary practice has 'a very high level of competence’ and provides ‘excellent support on a wide range of public matters’, including contentious and non-contentious public procurement, concessions, infrastructure, energy, planning and zoning as well as banking and finance matters. The ‘responsive‘ and ‘highly professional’ team recently assisted the Anonima Petroli Italiana Group on the environmental law aspects surrounding the acquisition of TotalErg from Total and ERG and represents Telecom Italia in relation to the decision by the Italian government to make use of its golden power and intervene in the decision-making of the company. Cristina Mezzabarba, who ‘is able to identify the core elements of cases and to advise on an efficient strategy from the beginning’, and counsel Alessandro Rosi are also recommended. Domenico Ielo left to join Atrigna & Partners.


Chiomenti distinguishes itself with its 'extreme competence, efficacy and ability to manage complex issues, which require a multidisciplinary approach’, and its ‘ability to engage in dialogue and negotiate with public administrations is at the top level in Italy’. The group was bolstered recently by several new arrivals, including senior attorney Katia Zulberti, who joined the team in September 2017 from Nctm Studio Legale; of counsel Loredana Giani Maguire, who joined in in January 2018 from Studio Legale Scoca; and of counsel Giulio Napolitano, who used to be a consultant for various firms and joined in October 2018. The ‘exceptionalFilippo Brunetti, who has the ‘ability to quickly identify, with a flexible approach, business-oriented solutions in relation to complex issues’, and senior associate Alfredo Vitale successfully represented Iveco Orecchia in a high-profile dispute before the European Court of Justice regarding the public tender for the supply of buses’ replacement parts and the related interpretation of national public procurement provisions. Of counsel Francesco Scanzano is also recommended.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ team has a broad expertise in administrative and public law matters and regularly acts for clients in the financial and energy sectors, providing ‘high-quality’ advice and ‘timely support’. Environmental law expert and head of practice co-head Antonella Capria works closely with several oil and gas companies including Esso and Total E&P Italia, and fellow co-head Antonio Lirosi represents Manutencoop Facility Management in a dispute regarding the suspension of the exclusion measures from the healthcare and barracks public tenders as a penalty for its unfair competition practices in other tenders. The group also acted for ArcelorMittal in a dispute with local authorities and NGOs regarding the modification of the environmental permit for the steel plant Ilva. The highly regarded Maria Grazia Lanero and Giuseppe Velluto are also noted.

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati comes highly recommended for its ‘excellent level of service’, ‘deep knowledge of administrative, civil and criminal law’ and ‘outstanding professionalism and transparency in the management of each situation before a litigation arises’. The ‘highly qualified' team is jointly headed by the ‘extremely competentAndreina Degli Esposti, who has ‘very strong business acumen’, and the ‘clear, persuasive and perseveringRiccardo Villata. Also recommended is Laura Sommaruga, who shows ‘outstanding dedication, clear understanding of the matters and total reliability’. The practice is known for its expertise in civil and criminal litigation, environmental law, energy and infrastructure, and is acting for Edison in a series of judicial matters before administrative courts, including environmental issues concerning industrial sites. Other highlights include assisting Open Fiber with the process for installing an ultra-broadband network, recently representing the client in a dispute concerning the payment of concession fees, and filing a claim for A4 Holding in order to obtain the restitution of a sum paid to the Italian Transport Authority as a contribution to its operational costs. Associate Gloria Molteni is also noted.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘clear and complete opinions, which rarely need to be reviewed’. The team regularly acts for public and private companies including RAI and Enel under the leadership of Aristide Police and counsel Filippo Degni and is active in contentious and non-contentious matters arising from public tender procedures. Police also frequently advises domestic and international companies on various public law matters: he assisted the Lixil Group with the public law aspects of the sale of Permasteelisa to Grandland Holdings, and advised Fastweb on the public procurement of telecoms services.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper covers the whole spectrum of administrative and public law matters, including environmental, regulatory, public procurement, planning and zoning issues, and caters in particular for clients from the energy, real estate and life sciences sectors. Germana Cassar, who is praised for her ‘professional behaviour and excellent skills’, has been assisting Trans Adriatic Pipeline with the Italian law aspects of the pipeline project to transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Western Europe. Giorgia Romitelli is ‘outstanding in terms of preparation, competences and experience in her field’ and defended Asolo Hospital Service in a dispute filed by Coopservice concerning the right of a minority shareholder to be preferred in respect to a third party in the assignment of services. Francesco Cerasi heads the team. Guido Alberto Inzaghi and Simone Pisani joined BIP - Belvedere Inzaghi & Partners in October 2017, and counsel Rosemarie Serrato left in February 2018 to join Nctm Studio Legale.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has been busy advising a growing number of clients in the energy sector on environmental law matters, including remediation procedures, and has also been involved in M&A transactions, public procurement and public contracts mandates. Environmental law and regulatory expert Francesca Angeloni leads the team, which also features counsel Gaia Gelera and senior associate Emanuela Cocco.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Jointly headed by the highly regarded Filippo Pacciani, Alessandro Botto and Giuseppe Abbruzzese, the administrative and public law practice at Legance - Avvocati Associati has outstanding expertise in public sector contracts, urban planning and local development, public finance and environmental matters. Recent highlights include assisting the Borletti Group and other investors with the construction and the financing of a shopping centre and defending CSL Behring in a case brought by Kedrion and Grifols before the Council of State regarding the tender procedure for the industrial processing of plasma. Alessandra Palatini was recently promoted to counsel.

Satta Romano & Associati

At Satta Romano & Associati, a ‘strong group cohesion’ ensures ‘tremendous efficiency in delivering the requested legal products’, and the team impresses clients with its ‘high juridical competences’ as well as its ‘deep knowledge of the relevant industry sector’, advising public and private companies in the telecoms, energy, infrastructure, and healthcare sectors. The practice is particularly strong in handling public tenders and related disputes: it represented a services provider in appeal proceedings before the Lombardy TAR concerning the public tender for the provision of scholarships, which was won by the client but alleged to be unlawful by a competitor. Filippo Satta and the ‘technically highly competentAnna Romano are strongly recommended.

Studio Legale Amministrativisti Associati

Studio Legale Amministrativisti Associati provides ‘top-level expertise and accuracy when analysing legal matters’ while ‘understanding the real need of the client’. The team handles town planning and construction matters as well as tenders across various sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare, energy and IT. Guido Bardelli, Alessandra Bazzani and Antonio Papi Rossi are the key members of the practice, and Ada Lucia De Cesaris joined the firm in January 2018 from Nctm Studio Legale.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Headed by Pierfrancesco Federici, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie has experience in a variety of sectors and administrative public law-related matters, including public procurement, tender procedures and M&A transactions. Environmental law, in particular remediation procedures, is another mainstay of the practice. The team advised Abbot Laboratories on the transfer of public contracts and bids following the acquisition of St Jude Medical and assisted Lockheed Martin with obtaining licences and authorisations to import, transport and store military items. Of counsel Francesco Goisis and newly promoted partner Roberto Cursano are also recommended.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has strong expertise in regulated industries such as pharmaceutical, energy and telecoms and assists clients with public procurement matters. Practice head Simone Cadeddu represented Telecom Italia in several disputes, including in a case against Vitrociset regarding a tender launched by Consip, and is defending Italgas in a dispute concerning the right to disconnect meters of non-performing end users.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani combines ‘very high standards in its legal advice and litigation with excellent relationship skills’, advising clients in a variety of sectors on urban planning, life sciences regulatory work, public procurement and public concessions. Practice head Antonella Terranova and Fabio Ferraro assisted Stanleybet with its participation in a public tender for the award of online gaming concessions.

Grimaldi Studio Legale

Grimaldi Studio Legale stands out for its experience in the energy, infrastructure and transport industry, assisting clients with matters related to construction, public tenders, asset investments and M&A transactions. Francesco Sciaudone acted for the public transport company Atac in a dispute with the region of Lazio regarding the reimbursement of fees and charges, and assisted A2A with the awarding procedures for hydroelectric concessions.


Dentons is frequently involved in urban planning, environmental law, and public contracts matters. Head of team Federico Vanetti assisted Real Estate Strategie Immobiliari with the development strategy for a logistics project and in negotiations with the public authorities, and represented SGL Carbon in a dispute with Restart regarding remediation works on an industrial site. Counsel Ilaria Gobbato is another name to note.

LC&P - Lipani Catricalà & Partners

At LC&P - Lipani Catricalà & Partners, the team advises contracting authorities and private companies on purchasing strategies, tender procedures and related disputes. In recent highlights, founder Damiano Lipani successfully represented Consip in the appeal filed by Romeo Gestioni regarding its exclusion from public tenders for the assignment of facility management and operational services in buildings used for public administration purposes. Other clients include Arexpo, Foggia Calcio and Morgan Stanley.

Nctm Studio Legale

With expertise in public procurement, competition, public subsidies and concessions matters, Nctm Studio Legale advises public and private clients in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. Practice head Giuliano Berruti is advising the project company APM Terminals Vado Ligure on the environmental, public contracts and zoning law aspects of the construction of a new terminal container in the Savona Port, and is assisting public financial institution Lazio Innova with various matters concerning the granting of EU funds and public tender procedures. Counsel Rosemarie Serrato joined from DLA Piper in February 2018 and Carmine Morrone was made partner in 2018. Senior attorney Katia Zulberti and of counsel Ada Lucia De Cesaris left in 2017 to join Chiomenti and Studio Legale Amministrativisti Associati respectively.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo’s ‘uniquely efficient’ and ‘perfectly coordinated’ team has 'an exceptional knowledge of the transport sector and its complex legislative regulation’, and is also known for its advice on environmental law, public contracts, procurement procedures, construction and regulatory matters. Notable clients include Open Fiber, Skytanking and Aeroporti di Roma. Head of team Nico Moravia as well as environmental law experts Matteo Benozzo and Francesco Bruno are the key members of the practice, along with 'intuitive’ and ‘outstanding’ lawyer Marco Giustiniani.