Firms To Watch: Industry focus: Energy

Andersen in Italy‘s energy practice, created after the arrival in 2023 of Carlo Gioffrè from Osborne Clarke, advises clients on acquisitions, the drafting of agreements and due diligence.
Headed by Laura Gentili, ONTIER Italia‘s energy practice notably advises clients on acquisitions and sales of solar photovoltaic projects.
Squire Patton Boggs is now active in this area following the arrival of Paolo Zamberletti in early 2024.

Industry focus: Energy in Italy


Ashurst stands out in the market for its expertise in a wide range of energy matters, including solar, geothermic, hydroelectric, biogas, oil and gas, and waste. The team is particularly active in providing advice on the construction of floating offshore wind parks and power purchase agreements. Practice head Carloandrea Meacci is regularly sought out by leading banks, infrastructure funds and energy companies. Elena Giuffrè’s recent highlights include regulatory advice on joint venture agreements in the mining sector. Energy M&A expert Anna Pinzuti and project finance specialist Umberto Antonelli are also recommended, and Nicola Toscano is a key contact for project bonds and hybrid financings.

Practice head(s):

Carloandrea Meacci

Other key lawyers:

Elena Giuffrè; Anna Pinzuti; Umberto Antonelli; Nicola Toscano


‘Multi-disciplinary skills and ability to cover different areas and sectors.’

‘Extensive knowledge of legal matters combined with great commercial approach. The team is greatly available and provides valuable support.’

‘Strong knowledge of the sector/industry, good connections, strong commitment.’

Key clients


Aviva Investors

Eco Eridania S.p.A. /iCON Infrastructure

ING Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised EcoEridania, a leading company in Italy in the collection, transport, storage and disposal of sanitary and industrial waste, on a new debt package for €340m.
  • Advised Appian Natural Resources Fund II on the joint venture agreements with Altamin for the development of the Gorno project for the exploration, drilling and subsequent extraction activities in the Gorno zinc mining site.
  • Advised Aviva Investors on the initial purchase of a 35% stake in Innovo Renewables, an Italian company that develops, builds, and operates renewable energy projects.


Chiomenti houses a team of experienced practitioners whose focus ranges from oil and gas and renewable energy to biomass, bio-fuel, energy efficiency and regasification matters. They can regularly be found advising clients on a range of energy-related matters including project development, project financing, PPAs, acquisitions and regulations. Practice head Carola Antonini maintains a broad practice, encompassing renewable energy projects, infrastructure deals, public tenders and gas transport and distribution, while Mario Roli advises industrial operators and funds on acquisition transactions. The team also includes Elena Busson, noted for handling complex transactions in the gas, airport, telecom towers and transport sectors in Italy; transactions expert Giulia Battaglia; and regulatory matters specialist Filippo Brunetti. Manuela Cerulli is well versed in both conventional and renewable energy sources.

Practice head(s):

Carola Antonini; Mario Roli

Other key lawyers:

Elena Busson; Giulia Battaglia; Filippo Brunetti; Manuela Cerulli; Giulio Napolitano; Alfredo Vitale


‘Manuela Cerulli is an outstanding professional, always calm, reliable and competent also in very difficult situations.’

‘Mario Roli is a great lawyer and has unparalleled capacity to support clients in an effective way through long and complex deals with valuable ideas and high quality output delivered.’

‘Special expertise and sector knowledge in energy and infrastructure.,’

‘Carola Antonini: Very good commercial advice, good project management, very responsive, excellent finance and M&A adviser.’

Key clients

Enel Green Power Italia S.r.l.

Enel X

Eni Plenitude

Greenvolt – Energias Renovaveis S.A.

Aer Solar




Snam S.p.A.

Reden Solar Sas


FIRE (Federazione Italiana per l’uso Razionale dell’Energia)

Solar NRG S.r.l.



Fred Olsen Renewables AS

Alerion Clean Power S.p.A.

Ladurner Ambiente S.p.A.

Oxem – Oxon Energia Mezzana S.p.A.

Secundum Naturam Capital S.r.l.

F2i – Fondi Italiani Per Le Infrastrutture S.p.A.

Aquila Capital Real Assets Investment Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH


FRI-EL Green Power S.p.A.

Ansaldo Energia S.p.A.



Terna S.p.A.

Greenvest (ESCO)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

BNP Paribas

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.

Societe Generale

Unione di Banche Italiane S.p.A.

Bank IMI S.p.A.

ING Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Archernar Asset in relation to the acquisition of the entire share capital of ERG Power, owner of the natural gas-fuelled Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) co-generation plant in Priolo Gargallo.
  • Advised Greenvolt – Energias Renovaveis in relation to the execution by subsidiary Greenvolt Next Holding of an investment agreement aimed at entering into the share capital of Solarelit.
  • Advised Marguerite Infrastructure Fund in relation to the acquisition, through a new partnership with Pioneer fund and Fondo Italiano per l’Efficienza Energetica, of Comat Servizi Energetici and Metrotermica.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper maintains an excellent reputation in the market for regularly advising on a variety of energy matters, spanning M&A and project finance, regulatory, litigation, tax and criminal law. Practice head Vincenzo La Malfa is noted for his expertise in securitisation transactions of energy efficiency projects, where he represents investment funds, banks and financial intermediaries in both advisory matters and litigation proceedings, while infrastructure expert Francesco Novelli is known for advising on the oil and gas, wind and hydro sectors. With specialism in administrative law matters related to renewable energy regulation, Germana Cassar is also highly recommended, together with Giulio Maroncelli, whose broad practice spans M&A, PPAs, revamping, and gas transportation agreements, areas in which Fabio Lenzini is also well versed.

Practice head(s):

Vincenzo La Malfa

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Novelli; Germana Cassar; Giulio Maroncelli; Fabio Lenzini; Alessia Marconi


‘The team is very competent, shows great commitment and high availability.’

‘Francesco Novelli and Giulio Maroncelli are extremely competent and reliable.’

‘Amicable team, well-connected, extensive track record and high-profile lawyers in the energy sector.’

‘Fabio Lenzini and Alessia Marconi are outstanding senior associates, without which the support of the law firm would not be the same.’

‘Legal competence, high professionality and quick assistance.’

‘The team disposes of a large network and is very well-connected in the energy sector. Cross-border offices help during complex transactions.’

Key clients

EDP Renewables Italia Holding S.r.l.

Limes Renewable Energy S.r.l.

Project X S.r.l.

Enerproject S.r.l.

Equitix European Infrastructure I GP S.a.r.l.

BNP Paribas

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Associazione Italia Solare

Sistemi Solari S.r.l.

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

SUSI Partners


Unicredit S.p.A.

Societe Generale

Aeroporti di Roma

OPR Sun 0 S.r.l.

BPER Banca S.p.A.

Banco BPM

BCC Banca Iccrea

Feralpi Power On S.r.l.


Ortus Power Resources Italy S.r.l.

Engie Servizi S.p.A.

Ulysses Energy S.r.l.

Aquila Energy Efficiency Trust plc

Energred S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Assisted EDP Renewables in the sale of 100% of the corporate capital of (i) TACA Wind; (ii) Lucus Power; (iii) WinCap; (iv) Conza Energia; (v) Breva Wind; (vi) SPV Parco Eolico Aria del Vento, and 75% of the corporate capital of San Mauro to ERG Power Generation.
  • Assisted Swiss asset manager Susi Partners and its Luxembourg-based Susi Energy Efficiency and Transition Credit Fund SCSp-RAIF in launching a new securitisation facility in Italy.
  • Assisted Societè Generale, UniCredit and ING in the refinancing of the existing indebtedness of the SPV (owing photovoltaic plants) acquired or to be acquired by the borrower.

Legance - Avvocati Associati

Legance - Avvocati Associati’s specialised team of experts in the energy sector routinely advises on both lender and borrower-side financing projects, administrative matters and complex M&A transactions in the renewables sector. Chaired by Monica Colombera, whose broad practice spans the financing and structuring of projects, as well as M&A and joint ventures, the team includes energy and infrastructure projects expert Filippo Ruffato and Cristina Martorana, noted for her expertise in the acquisition and financing of plants, waste to energy projects, and trading. A number of clients from the renewable and traditional energy sectors regularly turn to project finance specialist Giovanni Scirocco and newly promoted partner Simone Ambrogi, while oil and gas expert Valeria Viti and Antonio Palazzolo, whose focus is on M&A transactions and joint ventures both in the infrastructure and energy sectors, are also recommended. Francesca Brilli left the firm and moved to an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Monica Colombera

Other key lawyers:

Filippo Ruffato; Cristina Martorana; Giovanni Scirocco; Simone Ambrogi; Valeria Viti; Antonio Palazzolo


‘The team is extremely responsive, and has profound expertise in all matters of law as applied to the energy industry. Given their experience in the energy industry, the team covers the whole scope of activities from downstream to upstream sectors of this industry.’

‘Antonio Palazzolo is available, hands-on, has excellent team coordination capacities and a profound knowledge of corporate and financing matters as applied to the solar activities, its features and practices.’

‘Cristina Martorana is a real expert in energy regulatory matters and project structuring. Valeria Viti is outstanding, and has in-depth knowledge of any energy projects. Great analytical and structuring capacities.’

‘The team led by Monica Colombera is one of the most reputable team in the market. They are very well evaluated by operators, banks, and authorities.’

‘Legance’s energy team understands the dynamics of the development process very well and helps us in implementing any regulatory change in the best way possible in order to have successful bankable projects.’

‘The Legance team is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the energy sector, with excellent vertical and horizontal expertise, great professionalism and availability, outstanding customer support, and strong commercial acumen.’

‘Cristina Martorana is the standout of the firm. A professional recognised by the market as a benchmark in the energy sector. She has extensive experience in the field, undeniable problem-solving skills, and the ability to quickly handle complex issues.’

Key clients

2i Rete Gas S.p.A.

Acea S.p.A.



Aura Power Developments LTD

Banco BPM

BKW Group

BNP Paribas

BPER Banca

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Chint Solar

Crédit Agricole

Cubico Sustainable Investment

EF Solare

Enel S.p.A.

Energean PLC



Equitix Limited

European Investment Bank (EIB)

F2i Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture

Galileo Green Energy


Green Arrow Capital SGR (formerly Quadrivio Capital SGR S.p.A.)

Intesa SanPaolo Group

Italgas S.p.A.

Moncada Energy Group

Monte dei Paschi di Siena

NextEnergy Capital



Snam Rete Gas S.p.A.

Tages Capital


Whysol Investment Group

Zouk Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted Snam as borrower and to its affiliates in the structuring, negotiation and execution of the €1,800,000,000.00 revolving facility agreement.
  • Assisted Galileo and Hope in the context of the incorporation of Lupiae Maris, a joint venture aimed at developing a floating offshore wind farm in the Adriatic Sea.
  • Assisted Erg in the signing as part of a competitive process of an agreement to acquire the entire share capital of seven Italian-registered companies controlled by EDP Renewables Italia Holding.

Green Horse Legal Advisory

Green Horse Legal Advisory’s team of renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure experts provides comprehensive advice to clients in the renewables industry on project development, M&A, project finance, project contracts and power purchase agreements (PPAs), regulatory matters and litigation. Practice head Carlo Montella is a key contact in the team, which is particularly strong in the solar, wind, hydro and gas sectors, where Andrea Gentili stands out for his expertise in domestic and cross-border matters in offshore wind and the circular economy. Maria Teresa Solaro is known for her expertise in project finance and other financing transactions for energy infrastructure, including project bonds, corporate finance and green loans.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Montella; Andrea Gentili

Other key lawyers:

Maria Teresa Solaro; Ivano Saltarelli; Celeste Mellone


‘Carlo Montella has always been available for discussions on the key aspects of the operation and has consistently intervened directly during the most critical phases.’

‘Very great lawyers, strong availability and strong knowledge of their market and players. High competencies in transactional documentation as well as due diligence.’

‘Deep expertise in renewable energy; interdisciplinary approach; proven track record and client-centric approach.’

‘This practice stands out due to their unwavering commitment to renewable energy, their interdisciplinary approach, and their track record of success. The team combines legal acumen with financial proficiency, offering clients a one-stop-shop for all their renewable energy project needs.’

‘Carlo Montella is a cornerstone of the renewable energy sector. His outstanding qualities and contributions make him a standout partner in GH and a key asset to their clients.’

‘Celeste Mellone is the most hard-working and loyal lawyer you can find. She will not stop working until she has finished and satisfied her clients’ needs.’

‘Andrea Gentili: Excellent knowledge, market driven, pragmatic, very supportive and making all efforts to provide fast feedback.’

Key clients

A2A S.p.A.








Bluefield Partners


Chint Solar

Dynamo Partners

E2E S.p.A.

Eco Energy World

Enel Finance International

Enel X

Eiffel Investments



EOS Investment Management

ERG S.p.A.

European Wind Farms Italy Aps

Foresight Group

Glennmont Partners

Green Arrow Bio Holding S.r.l.


iCON Infrastructure LLP

Ignis Energia

Infrahaus Ltd


Iren S.p.A.

KB Development S.r.l.


L&L Bio S.r.l.

Manni Energy

Matrix Renewables

MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH

Natixis S.A. – Milan Branch

Obton A/S

Peridot Solar



RIC Energy



Tamoil SpA


Theia Investments

United Green

Volta Green Energy S.r.l.

Alleans Renewables


Neoen Renewables

LCF Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advised FitzWalter Capital and Peridot Solar on the acquisition of one of the largest authorised agrivoltaic projects in Italy.
  • Advised Matrix Renewables on an agreement for the development of up to 1.5GW of standalone battery energy storage systems (BESS) in Italy.
  • Advised 7 Seas Wind Power and NiceTechnology on the sale of a majority stake in three SPVs owning projects to develop three floating offshore wind farms with a total capacity of about 2GW.


Advising on complex energy and infrastructure transactions, mergers of utilities in the waste sector, and measures envisaged in the context of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, BonelliErede has a strong position in the energy market. The team is chaired by ‘trusted advisorCatia Tomasetti and includes Gabriele Malgeri, praised by clients for his expertise in project finance, while Niccolò Baccetti specialises in matters in the infrastructure and transport, banking, real estate and automotive sectors. Daniela De Palma notably handles project financing and project bonds.

Practice head(s):

Catia Tomasetti

Other key lawyers:

Gabriele Malgeri; Niccolò Baccetti; Daniela De Palma


‘Catia Tomasetti knows the market and its dynamics inside-out. She is the example of a trusted advisor who does not suggest innovation just for the sake of building credentials, as her ambition is always to protect the client from bad surprises.’

‘Gabriele Malgeri is the lawyer you can’t do without. He follows any deal in detail, he is very committed to making things happen and never lets things go with a superficial approach. He fixes any issues while respecting tight timelines.’

‘Gabriele Malgeri proved to be a great professional in the execution of the work, praised for the clarity in the relationships with all stakeholders.’

‘Multidisciplinary team, very competent. Exceptional in finding solutions to legal problems and very flexible in understanding and interacting with industry changes.’

‘Exceptional in knowing both the specific industry, and the political and regulatory framework. Humble but outstanding in litigation. Great mix of competence and different skills.’

Key clients

Alia Servizi Ambientali


GOI Energy Limited

Hitachi Zosen Inova




Toto Holding

Work highlights

  • Assisted UniCredit and SACE in the green loan project financing for the €560m for the development of “TANGO”, an industrial-scale manufacturing plant in Catania, Italy.
  • Assisted Snam in the creation of a joint venture with Eni relating to international gas pipelines connecting Algeria to Italy.
  • Assisted Siram in relation to the sale to Italgas of a number of stakes held in companies operating in the integrated water service field in the regions of Lazio, Campania and Sicily.


Noted for its expertise in the oil and gas industry, Dentons’ energy team offers full-scope assistance to clients on a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects, including structuring and development, project finance and project bonds, M&A, revamping and repowering. The team includes the dual qualified (in Italy and Germany) Carsten Steinhauer, who notably advises project developers, manufacturers, insurance and reinsurance companies, as well as corporate banks and private investors on acquisitions, sales, and development and construction projects, and Luigi Costa, who is consistently entrusted by clients for his prowess in solar PV plants, wind farms, biogas, biomass, biomethane and hydroelectric plants. Mileto Mario Giuliani regularly appears before regional administrative courts for litigation in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Luigi Costa; Carsten Steinhauer

Other key lawyers:

Mileto Mario Giuliani


‘Dentons has probably one of the largest project and energy practices of any international law firm in Italy. This allows the team to avail of an unrivalled breadth, combining experts in all areas of law that are relevant to our business.’

‘Luigi Costa is a formidable partner, always thinking in a critical way and delivering 360 degrees support to the client.’

‘Carsten Steinhauer is an outstanding professional. He now also co-heads Dentons’ European Energy Sector Group, a testimony to his recognised expertise and leadership qualities.’

‘In particular, Luigi Costa is a very capable professional, always available and with great knowledge of the energy sector. The team has a very broad network and therefore is able to give advice also based on market situations.’

‘Dentons’ energy practice is really well positioned in the Italian market, and thanks to its excellent professionals is able to accompany clients in all the complexity of this sector. Specifically, we were really impressed with the exceptional knowledge of all the regulatory issues of the renewable sector and the capability to keep us up to date of any possible development.’

‘The regulatory partner Mileto Giuliani is really the right person to contact in case of possible issues related to project development. He has excellent technical and soft skills, and a very good reputation also among peers.’

‘The team provides outstanding legal services, demonstrates exceptional expertise, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding the case.’

‘The level of professionalism and clear communication exhibited by Luigi Costa was exemplary. What truly set Costa apart was the strategic approach and creative problem-solving demonstrated.’

Key clients




ib vogt


Lightsource BP

Pacifico Energy Partners

Capital Dynamics

Enel Green Power

Axiom Group (Undo Energie)



Tages Capital SGR


Nordic Solar A/S



Q Energy Europe

VSB Group

CIC Group


Amaranto Holding


Marseglia Amaranto Green

HLS-RAM Biogas

Società Agricola Apollo Solare 2

Clean Capital Energy

One2zero (Salzburg AG)


Montalto di Castro S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Saipem on the corporate reorganisation for the sale of the company’s entire onshore drilling division to KCA Deutag.
  • Assisted Enel on the sale of a controlling stake in Enel Russia.
  • Advised Eni Sustainable Mobility on a strategic partnership with PBF Energy in the biorefining and production of HVO diesel, through the creation of a 50/50 joint venture.

Gianni & Origoni

The specialised team at Gianni & Origoni is routinely entrusted by clients for its expertise in the energy sector, covering M&A, project finance, litigation, regulatory, environment and administrative law. Head of the practice Ottaviano Sanseverino is recognised for his knowledge of regulatory matters, development and financing of projects, as well as the import of gas and electricity; he also advises foreign and domestic clients on investments in the utilities sector. Giuseppe Velluto and Guido Reggiani routinely assist in the development of projects in the energy, gas, waste and water sectors. Administrative and environmental law expert Maria Loizzi is noted for her expertise in the field of conventional and renewable sources. Francesco Puntillo is now head of legal, corporate, regulatory and antitrust affairs at Enel Group.

Practice head(s):

Ottaviano Sanseverino Vimercati

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe Velluto; Guido Reggiani; Maria Loizzi


‘Very practical approach, problem-solving attitude, in-depth knowledge of the market and of its most recent developments.’

‘A very professional and high-quality firm. In addition to the high skills of the professionals I have worked with, I particularly enjoyed their capacity to solve any problems, as well as the strong network they can count on.’

‘Giuseppe Velluto is one of the most skilled professionals I have ever met. He has strong skills, a problem-solving attitude, and important soft skills that he is able to reflect in his team, which is united and compact, always ready to solve any urgency and client’s request.’

‘Gianni & Origoni has an unrivalled breadth of expertise to respond to any challenge an investor may face on the Italian market. Their approach is pragmatic and business-oriented.’

‘Ottaviano Sanseverino is very experienced.’

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (Europe) Limited



Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited


A2A S.p.A.

Terna S.p.A.


Quaero Capital

Alperia S.p.A.

Ardian Infrastructure

Cubico Sustainable Investments Group

Tages Capital

Mitsubishi Corporation

Wood/Amec Foster Wheeler

EF Solare


Nord/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank

Cubico Sustainable Investments Group

BayWa r.e.

Contour Global

Ital Gas Storage S.r.l.

Adriatic LNG

Esso Italiana S.r.l.

Credit Suisse Energy & Infrastructure Partners

Whysol Renewables Holding 1 S.P.A.

Plenium Partners

NextEnergy Capital (NextPower)


Erogasmet S.p.A.

Fondazione Cariplo

European Energy SA

Repower S.p.A.


Ellomay Capital

Enel X

Infrastrutture S.p.A.

Qualitas Energy

Vei Green





Interconnector Energy Italia



Green Investment Group (Macquarie)

Green Arrow Capital

Canadian Solar


Gruppo Marcegaglia

PLT Energia


Davidson Kemper


Enfinity Global

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tages Capital SGR in the bridge financing and the following refinancing related to the acquisition, through its investment fund Tages Helios II, of a portfolio of operational solar plants and windfarms.
  • Assisted Eni in the sale to Snam of a 49.9% stake (directly and indirectly owned) in certain companies operating two groups of international gas pipelines connecting Algeria to Italy.
  • Assisted Bayerische Landesbank, Santander and Nomura Bank France in the structuring, drafting and negotiation of €142m in long-term and VAT financing for the construction of three utility-scale photovoltaic plants.

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams’ team routinely supports clients especially in the oil and gas industry on a wide range of operations related to energy transition, while also advising on M&A, financing, project finance, tax, regulatory, competition, environmental and administrative law. Practice head Eugenio Tranchino regularly advises major corporations, private equity funds and lenders on high-profile Italian and cross-border projects, while Tiziana Manetti is noted for her specialisation in regulatory advice on energy and natural resources-related matters. The team also includes Mario D’Ovidio, who is particularly active in the renewables and natural resources, transport and infrastructure sectors; Giannalberto Mazzei, noted for his expertise in gas transport pipelines; and Matteo Trabacchin, who focuses on energy production from renewable and traditional sources including wind, photovoltaic, hydroelectric, LNG and gas storage.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Tranchino

Other key lawyers:

Tiziana Manetti; Mario D’Ovidio; Giannalberto Mazzei; Matteo Trabacchin; Luca Sfrecola


‘WFW is an experienced practice group with strong credentials in domestic and international energy transactions. In Italy, they are the undisputed leaders in the sector.’

‘Eugenio Tranchino is a brilliant lawyer with a significant knowledge of the energy sector. He is also highly skilled when it comes to client engagement. A trustworthy advisor, his exquisite personality matches his extensive knowledge and understanding of the energy sector.’

‘WFW’s energy team is outstanding. They have impressive technical skills and a very good reputation in the industry. The team is characterised by competence, receptiveness, and dedication to their clients. They are problem solvers!’

Key clients


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners


Blue Elephant Energy

New Developments



Amber Infrastructure Group


Altamin Limited

Falk Renewables



Beyfin Group


European Energy

Simply Blue

Cero Generation

Next Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its partnership with GreenIT and agreement to develop three offshore wind projects in Italy’s Lazio and Sardinia regions.
  • Advised Amber Infrastructure Group, as exclusive investment advisor to Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund, on the latter’s €150m investment in Poland’s R.Power.
  • Advised Sunprime on a €150m project finance loan granted by a consortium of lenders to finance a portfolio of 250+ Italian PV plants.

Bird & Bird

With strong expertise in renewable energies and PPAs, gas distribution and energy storage, Bird & Bird’s cross-practice team routinely assists in M&A, project financing, project development and regulatory issues, and also has a track record in administrative litigation before the Italian Administrative Courts. Project finance expert Pierpaolo Mastromarini is noted for advising on complex hydrogen projects and offshore wind farms in Italy, while regulatory, antitrust and public procurement specialist Simone Cadeddu represents leading international companies in infrastructure and concessions, as well as renewables and oil and gas installations. Andrea Semmola notably focuses on the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Pierpaolo Mastromarini

Other key lawyers:

Simone Cadeddu; Andrea Semmola


‘Experienced, qualified, up to date on what is happening in the market, and down to earth.’

‘The team is able to support the client in the most effective way to reach your target, no matter if you are a private entrepreneur or a financial institution, they are able to define the best path for you and support you through it.’

‘Pierpaolo Mastromarini is a qualified and friendly partner, effective and quick in his answers and support, he is able to coordinate his team ensuring that the client is always covered by a legal support. He is also very proactive.’

‘Excellent empathy with the overall team, always available and ready to work on different aspects.’

‘Bird & Bird’s energy team is highly experienced in the Italian energy and infrastructure market. They are able to provide assistance on the full range of legal matters, have a very professional approach, and demonstrate a real commitment to the client.’

‘Pierpaolo Mastromarini’s strong personality and great experience in the energy field make him a very reliable professional, with outstanding skills and availability for any kind of issue.’

‘A well-structured team that puts together all the necessary competences to assist a client in this sector. Their experience in project financing is very helpful in the development process of renewable projects.’

Key clients



ASM Terni

Campo Eolico Ariano

Emeren Limited

EOS Investment Management


Iberdrola Renewables

Macchia Group

Rei Lancia

Solaris Renewables

Sunwin Energy


Work highlights

  • Assisted Campo Eolico Ariano – CEA in the project financing for the wind power plant to be built in the Campania region by the client, a company belonging to the Austrian group W.E.B.
  • Assisted Arpinge Group in implementing a corporate reorganisation with the purpose of simplifying the administrative, tax and financial organisation model.
  • Assisted Terna in the preparation of the tender procedure to be launched by it and Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz for the selection of the private contractor to develop a subsea cable line between Tunisia and Italy.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team of energy specialists routinely advises clients in the renewable energy, thermoelectric, hydroelectric and hydrogen sectors on all aspects of energy projects, including M&A, construction and project development, and real estate matters, as well as project and trade finance. Energy sector specialist Umberto Penco Salvi heads the practice, which includes Giuseppe De Palma, an expert in acquisition finance related to the energy sector, and global financial markets counsels Francesca Cuzzocrea and Chiara Commis.

Practice head(s):

Umberto Penco Salvi

Other key lawyers:

Giuseppe De Palma; Francesca Cuzzocrea; Chiara Commis


‘Umberto Penco Salvi is an exceptional lawyer, with in-depth knowledge of the law, great negotiation and communication, and an analytical and logical approach.’

‘Exceptional technical skills, strong commercial attitude, reliability, deep understanding of client needs, unparalleled efficiency and precision in delivery.’

‘Umberto Penco Salvi is competent, pragmatic, with a strong commercial attitude and considerable negotiating skills.’

‘Clifford Chance is the best legal advisor you can find. Their experience in the energy sector is a must, which absolutely makes a difference when dealing with difficulties.’

Key clients

Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG)




Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

Infrastructure Investments Fund



Eiffel Investment Group

EQT Infrastructure

Cubico Sustainable Investments

DIF Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Enel in relation to its agreement with Greek company Public Power Corporation for the sale of all the equity stakes held by the Enel Group in Romania.
  • Advised Macquarie on the acquisition of BayWa r.e. Bioenergy GmbH from BayWa r.e. AG.
  • Advised EQT in relation to the disposal, together with GEH, of GETEC to Infrastructure Investment Fund.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills' team of energy specialists routinely assist clients in high-profile energy projects, complex financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and disputes. Francesca Morra notably focuses on energy M&A deals and project development, energy contracts, and regulatory and ESG matters, while Simone Egidi is noted for his expertise in project financing and project portfolios. Other key names are Giacomo Gavotti, who regularly represents utilities, infrastructure funds and oil majors in M&A transactions, and Chiara Miccolis, who specialises in the financing of projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Morra

Other key lawyers:

Simone Egidi; Giacomo Gavotti; Chiara Miccolis


‘Technical knowledge of the solar technology and construction practices, and energy PPA, including the commercial issues. Excellent knowledge of the renewable sector arena of most prominent players.’

‘The HSF energy team can assist clients on every kind of energy matter, both in terms of legal expertise and sectors (renewables, oil & gas, biogases, sustainable mobility etc.).’

‘Francesca Morra is a leader of the sector, and she can cover different areas of law, which makes her quite unique. The deep knowledge of the sector is a real added value she can bring.’

Key clients

Avenir LNG

DXT Commodities/Duferco





Everwood Capital

Gestore dei servizi energetici – GSE S.p.A.


Quercus Real Assets


Vivi Energia

ING Bank and AOT

Pacifico Energy Partners




Futura Srl




Work highlights

  • Assisted GreenIT in an agreement with Hive Energy and SunLeonard Energy for the development of four photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of up to 200MW.
  • Assisted Sorgenia in the project financing of a non-incentivised photovoltaic plant with a total capacity of approximately 35MW and the related PPA.
  • Assisted ERG in signing a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the supply of approximately 900GWh of clean energy over the period 2023-2034 to EssilorLuxottica.

LCA Studio Legale

LCA Studio Legale routinely represents leading global and Italian companies and investors in both transactional and contentious matters related to energy stock management, circular economy, construction and acquisitions of renewable energy plants, and energy efficiency matters. The team is led by litigation and renewable energy specialist Dario Covutti and Leah Dunlop, noted for her expertise in complex energy-related cross-border transactions. Leonardo De Vecchi focuses on environmental and planning law, while Benedetta Mussini specialises in the permitting and authorisation of energy infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Dario Covucci; Leah Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

Leonardo De Vecchi; Benedetta Mussini; Antonio Di Pasquale


‘The team was prepared, punctual and efficient. Always ready and updated, in line with the advancement of laws and technology. Excellent relationships with companies, very collaborative.’

‘As a company, we really appreciated the availability, preparation, and openness to dialogue. Not only were they comprehensive, but they provided us with tools for a better understanding of the practice.’

‘LCA energy team is composed of very prepared lawyers who have a very good and updated knowledge of the energy market and its regulations.’

‘The team has expertise in environmental law and always tries to link energy issues with ESG impact – sustainability is put at the core of the solutions proposed.’

‘Dario Covutti is a very talented partner and lawyer who has assisted the company in very complicated energy contracts and bid procedures, involving regulatory and cross-border issues.’

‘Dario Covutti is always proactive, available, updated on market and on regulatory developments. He keeps the client informed in advance, and provides brilliant solutions.’

Key clients

Ab Solarpower S.r.l.

Acea S.p.A.

APT S.r.l.

Cebat S.p.A.

Eni Plenitude S.p.A. Società Benefit (owned by Eni S.p.A.)

Lendlease S.r.l.

Marcegaglia Ravenna S.p.A.

Nexta Capital Partners S.r.l.

Renaio Hydro Italia s.r.l.

Siram S.p.A.

SUN NRG S.r.l.

Terra Verde Energy S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Marcegaglia Ravenna on a €70m-plus decarbonisation project aimed at reducing emissions by installing units to capture carbon from flue gas emitted from an existing energy cogeneration plant.
  • Advised the €60m Renovit platform (launched by Snam and CDP Equity) on its mission to promote energy efficiency in order to foster sustainable development and energy transition across Italy.
  • Represented SUN NRG, a manager of photovoltaic plants, in litigation to challenge a unilateral reduction to feed-in tariffs by GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici).

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke‘s energy team provides advice on a wide range of energy-related issues, including renewable energy, energy storage and regulation, as well as photovoltaic, biogas, energy-from-waste and geothermal plants. Head of the corporate and M&A team Riccardo Roversi specialises in renewable energy, asset sales, M&A operations and joint ventures, while Giovanni Penzo is noted for his expertise in waste-to-energy projects, acquisitions and demergers in the energy sector. The team also includes public procurement processes and dispute resolution expert Giorgio Lezzi.

Practice head(s):

Riccardo Roversi

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Penzo; Giorgio Lezzi


‘Riccardo Roversi is a true expert in his field. He is knowledgeable and pragmatic in his advice. Riccardo and his team have really helped with our entry into the Italian market.’

Key clients

A2A Energia S.p.A; A2A Ambiente S.p.A.; A2A Illuminazione Pubblica S.r.l.

Acque Bresciane S.r.l.

Acinque Tecnologie S.r.l.

AKNO Business Parks S.r.l.

AGESP Energia S.r.l.

ALER Milano

Cogeme Group

Costim S.r.l. (Chorus Life S.p.A.)

Industrie De Nora S.p.A.

Linea Group Holding S.p.A.

Municipality of Rozzano

NHOA (ex Engie EPS) and Free2Move e-solutions S.p.A.

Sicor Società Italiana Corticosteroidi S.r.l. (Teva Group)

Tea Sistemi Energia e Ambiente (SEI) (Tea S.p.A.)

Yinson Renewables (a division of Yinson Holdings Berhad)

Work highlights

  • Advised DeNora on acquiring a brownfield industrial site for its “Italian GigaFactory” project to manufacture hardware for the production of clean burning energy source green hydrogen.
  • Advised on the Chorus Life Bergamo project, a ground-breaking multi-functional smart district in Bergamo.
  • Advised Municipality of Rozzano on awarding and implementing a PPP contract for the redevelopment and management of a district heating network and the heating and electricity systems of municipal buildings.

Parola Associati

Parola Associati continues to advise clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions in a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, power and renewables, and is active in matters involving the energy transition and circular economy. Founder of the practice Lorenzo Parola notably focuses on permitting, contractual and regulatory issues related to energy infrastructures, while Andrea Leonforte routinely assists clients both in litigation and out of court in matters regarding authorisations, environmental permits, and real estate issues associated with the development of renewable projects. Energy corporate law expert Andrea Coluzzi is noted for assisting utilities and infrastructure funds in complex and innovative M&A transactions in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Parola

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Leonforte; Andrea Coluzzi


‘Parola Associati’s team is really focused on the solutions to be provided to its clients. They are technical and practical at the same time.’

‘Lorenzo Parola is the most experienced lawyer I have worked with in the energy sector. He knows not only the legislation but also all the technicalities of the energy market. He is really in the energy sector.’

‘Lorenzo Parola is the best Italian energy lawyer. He knows the market, the regulation and he plays a role in all the major energy deals. It is better to have him on your side.’

Key clients




Ansaldo Nucleare






Danske Commodities

Dolomiti Energia

Duferco / DXT



Energy Infrastructure Partners





Galileo Green Energy


Green Arrow




Infrastrutture/Hergo Renewables

Interconnector Italia



Marguerite Infrastructure


Mytilineos / Metka





Plenium Partners













Ulysses Energy


Work highlights

  • Advised Peridot Solar on the project financing of an Italian PV project with a total capacity of ca. 125 MW.
  • Assisted, together with Green Horse Legal Advisory, respectively, Iren Green Generation and European Energy in the acquisition by Iren Green Generation of the entire share capital of Limes 20.

Pavia e Ansaldo

Pavia e Ansaldo’s team regularly acts for clients in renewable energy matters, with particular focus on the regulatory and commercial aspects of biofuels, project development, project financing and sustainable energy utility. Carlo Del Conte is noted for his extensive experience in energy and gas regulatory matters, automotive and e-mobility, while Claudio Cera’s broad practice spans wind, biomass, photovoltaic, geothermal, solar heat and hydroelectric, where he advises on energy project contracts and joint ventures. Another key contact is Carlo Emanuele Rossi, who specialises in the regulatory and commercial aspects of biofuel projects.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Del Conte; Claudio Cera

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Emanuele Rossi; Marco Jannon

Key clients

Camozzi Holding/Componenti Speciali

Elecnor S.A.

Innowatio/Youtrade S.p.A.

Exyte Italy S.r.l. (M+W Group)

Octopus Investments

Solar Access Sustainable Energy B.V.

Protos S.p.A.

Sorgente SGR


Enovos SA

Alpha Trading S.p.A.

Novaol S.r.l. (Bunge Group)


SUSI Partners AG

Isoclima S.p.A.

Refeel New Energy

Hi Marc Srl

Work highlights


ADVANT Nctm advises leading domestic and international clients operating in the energy sector on both contentious and advisory matters related to M&A, compliance, tax, project finance, PPPs and restructuring. Federico Manili heads the team, which includes Eugenio Siragusa, recognised for his expertise in greenfield and brownfield projects as well as in the energy efficiency field; Raffaele Caldarone, who often advises clients in the oil and gas sector; and tax matters expert Guido Martinelli. Piero Vigano has recently joined the team and advises across the range of large-scale renewables, biomethane, CHP, storage, self-generation, distributed energy and energy efficiency projects.

Practice head(s):

Federico Manili

Other key lawyers:

Eugenio Siragusa; Raffaele Caldarone; Piero Viganò; Miranda Cellentani; Martina Marmo


‘The firm is highly competent, quick to respond and, above all, understands the client’s goals and needs, providing concrete support to achieve the goals.’

‘I appreciated the practicality, the helpfulness as well as the competence.’

Key clients

Italgas S.p.A.

Snam S.p.A.

Eni S.p.A.

ERG Renew Group

European Energy Efficiency Fund

Siemens Energy

Energy S.p.A.

Renergetica S.p.A.

VRG (Sorgenia Group)

PLT Energia S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Italgas Group on a wide range of compliance-related matters, including anti-corruption, administrative liability of legal entities and whistleblowing.
  • Assisted Gas Plus in relation to a senior secured reserved based loan granted by a pool of international and local banks in favour of, inter alia, Gas Plus Dacia.
  • Assisted Energy S.p.A., a company with its operational headquarters in the province of Padua, in relation to the admission to trading of Energy on Euronext Growth Milan.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP continues to advise clients on a broad range of energy-related matters, ranging from acquisitions and regulatory matters to complex litigation and investigations. Key contacts include antitrust law specialist Matteo Beretta; Marco D’Ostuni, whose practice focuses on competition law and regulation in the energy sector; and Roberto Bonsignore, who primarily advises clients on deals involving oil, gas, petrochemicals, biofuels and renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

Marco D’Ostuni; Matteo Beretta

Other key lawyers:

Mario Siragusa; Roberto Bonsignore; David Singer; Alessandro Comino

Key clients


Servizio Elettrico Nazionale


Eni S.p.A.

Falck Renewables S.p.A.



Work highlights

  • Assisted SEN (Servizio Elettrico Nazionale) in an appeal pending before the TAR Lazio for the annulment of a decision of the Italian Competition Authority concerning abuse of dominant position.
  • Represented A2A in a decision published on January 16, 2023, in which the Court of Milan declared inadmissible the class action brought by one of Edison’s minority shareholders.
  • Defended A2A in the appeal brought by Tassara before the Court of Appeal of Milan against a ruling in which the Court of Milan had rejected Tassara’s claims for compensation in relation to the price of the tender offer for Edison.


EY TAX & LAW ITALY‘s energy team represents clients across the full spectrum of renewable energy technologies including hydro, solar, on-shore and offshore wind, energy-from-waste, biomass and biofuels. Mattia Riccardo Petrillo leads the practice’s energy and efficiency team, advising clients in the oil and gas, electric and alternative energy sectors, while head of the energy finance team Oriana Granato notably focuses on the implementation of energy transition and circular economy projects, PPPs, project finance-based loan agreements and M&A transactions. Maria Cristina Breida leads the environment, climate change and sustainability team, which assists clients in innovative energy-from-waste, biomass and biofuels projects.


‘The EY team is at the forefront, offering first-class support with the highest competence.’

‘Competence, accuracy and full dedication to projects.’

‘Deeply concentrated into detail in order to find new solutions in order to best satisfy the client.’

Key clients

Nuovo Pignone S.R.L. (Baker Hughes)

Vivigas S.P.A.

Viviesco S.P.A.

Snam S.P.A.

Avio S.p.A

Bonatti S.P.A.

Alperia S.P.A.

Alperia Green Future S.r.l. (former Gruppo Green Power S.r.l.)

Axpo Italia S.P.A.

Tunur Power Italy S.R.L.

Repower Italia S.P.A.

S.R. Investimenti S.R.L.

Avm Solar S.R.L.


Iren S.p.A.

Iren Mercato S.P.A.

Iren Smart Solutions S.P.A.

Silk Sports Car Company Srl

Italgas Reti s.p.a.

Pastificio Mediterranea S.r.l.

Procter & Gamble s.p.a.

Work highlights

  • Advised Beleolico on a refinancing which represented a first of a kind in the wind offshore sector.
  • Advised Avio on energy regulatory issues as well as M&A legal matters.
  • Assisted Natixis in relation to the refinancing of a 30MW offshore wind energy plant in Taranto, Italy.

Grimaldi Alliance

Led by Francesco Sciaudone, who routinely advises on energy efficiency projects and acquisitions, Grimaldi Alliance has recently handled complex work on the acquisition, financing and refinancing of several photovoltaic, hydroelectric and wind projects. The team is also well versed in litigation and regulatory matters, where Daniela Fioretti, with a specific focus on public contribution to support investment on the renewable energy market, is particularly active. Rosaria Arancio is noted for assisting with projects concerning renewable energy investments and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation matters.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Sciaudone

Other key lawyers:

Rosaria Arancio; Daniela Fioretti; Sergio Sambri

Key clients

Enel Group

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group

Eos Investment



Hera S.p.A.

Iren S.p.A.

Eurpean Commission

S.E.A. Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali S.p.A.

Theia Holdings

Work highlights

L&B Partners Avvocati Associati

L&B Partners Avvocati Associati fields a robust team of professionals who regularly act for banks, institutional investors, and national and international investment funds with regard to the acquisition, financing and refinancing of electricity generation plants based on renewable and traditional sources, as well as the management of projects for power plants. Practice head Michele Di Terlizzi is the key contact, while administrative law expert Pina Lombardi notably focuses on the purchase, financing and refinancing of renewable and traditional power plants.

Practice head(s):

Michele Di Terlizzi; Pina Lombardi

Other key lawyers:

Davide Pelloso; Alessandro Salzano; Giuseppe Candela


‘They are superb in the field of renewable energy. Great experience and very well-equipped to deal with complex matters.’

‘Michele Di Terlizzi is very experienced and offers a strong knowledge of law. He is of great support in negotiations and always finds appropriate solutions. Davide Pelloso is a very constructive negotiator with a strong profile.’

‘Strong attention to clients, great knowledge of the sector, and unique presence in renewables.’

Key clients

VEI Green II S.p.A.

Ravano Power S.r.l.

Vecchio Mulino Holding Immobiliare S.r.l.

(Casillo Group)

Immobiliare Ceresa S.p.A.

Ardian France S.A.

SpicyCo S.r.l.


Hirpinia Holding S.r.l.

Eureka! Venture SGR S.p.A.

Swisspower Rinnovabili Italia S.r.l.

Saras S.r.l.

E2E S.p.A.

Suez Group

Tozzi Green Group


Theia Investments

IRR S.p.A.

L&B Capital S.r.l.

Tages Capital SGR


Solarig Holding S.L.

WindFarm Deliceto

ACE Renewables Holding S.A.

Unicredit S.p.A

Natixis S.A.

Nextenergy Capital

Evolvere S.p.A.

Credit Agricole




Greenergy Holding S.r.l.


ICS Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hirpinia Holding in the structuring of a complex corporate reorganisation and financing transaction, on a project finance basis, of four wind farms.
  • Assisted Apulia Holding in structuring a financing transaction with UniCredit, on a project finance basis, of four wind farms with a total capacity of 94MW.
  • Assisted Italian Renewable Resources in the execution of the sale to Fucino Green of its 27.5% stake in the corporate capital of E-Way Finance.

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi

Macchi di Cellere Gangemi handles a variety of energy sector-related M&A projects, with Claudio Visco concentrating on oil and gas matters, as well as on acquisitions, project finance, and asset-backed and structured finance. Silvia Dell’Atti is also well versed in these areas, and Marco Sella assists on power generation projects.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Visco

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Dell’Atti; Marco Sella

Key clients

GRV Roofs 1 S.r.l.

Nelsa S.r.l.

GR Value S.p.A.

GR Value 2 S.r.l.

Building Energy S.p.A.

Work highlights


Active from January 1st 2024 as the result of a merger between partners of Gattai, Minoli, Partners and Pedersoli, PedersoliGattai’s energy team assists clients from the wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, and oil and gas sectors. The team is equipped to advise on a wide range of matters, from corporate and administrative law – including authorisation, regulatory and environmental issues – to project financing, banking and litigation. Carla Mambretti leads the team, routinely advising on corporate, M&A and project finance transactions in the energy sector, an area in which Luca Saraceni is also particularly well versed. Giovan Battista Santangelo advises on the financing, purchase and sale of all sorts of energy-related projects. Project finance transactions expert Nicola Gaglione and energy law specialist Sergio Fienga are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Carla Mambretti

Other key lawyers:

Luca Saraceni; Sergio Fienga; Giovan Battista Santangelo; Giovanni Battista De Luca; Nicola Gaglione


‘Problem-solving capacity. Experience of the sector.’

‘The team is very competent and provides tailor-made assistance with strong know-how and an exceptional ability to find solutions. They are able to deliver the best possible result in the shortest time. Very reliable and business-oriented.’

‘Carla Mambretti has top-class knowledge and expertise of the energy and M&A sector. She directly follows her clients in every step of the operation, establishes a very close collaboration with the client, and has a unique 360 degree view.’

‘Giovan Battista Santangelo and his team provided us with excellent legal service and support. Besides their acumen and proficiency as legal professionals, they have created a great relationship with the owner and with the management of the company.’

‘Carla Mambretti is a very capable and competent professional. She always addresses the problems in a timely manner and with a deep analysis of every aspect connected to the operations.’

‘This team has very strong competence and resilience. It is always present for the client. The team I work with has a high capacity to focus on the result, combining responsiveness and quality.’

Key clients

Industrie De Nora

Gestore dei Servizi Energetici – GSE

Enel Group

Viridis Group

UNDO Adunanza

EF Solare Italia

Suncore Energy Hong Kong


Equiter Infrastructure II

ENI S.p.A.

Acea Ambiente S.r.l.

Arpinge S.p.A. / Parkinge S.p.A.

Gruppo Fortore

Gruppo AREN

E.S.T.R.A. S.p.A.

Gruppo Sunshine

Bio Sardinia

BCC Banca Iccrea

Bper Banca

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

EP Centrale Tavazzano Montanaso

Juwi Energie Rinnovabili S.r.l.

Omnisyst S.p.A.

Pura Energia Italiana S.r.l.

Edison S.p.A.

T.O. Delta S.p.A.


Credit Agricole

Fenice S.r.l. (Gruppo Dimensione Ambiente)

Work highlights

  • Advised De Nora family in relation to Industrie De Nora’s listing on Euronext Milan and the execution of the relevant shareholders’ agreement with SNAM.
  • Advised Viridis Energia on the project financing with BPER Banca to finance the construction and operation of a photovoltaic system with a power of approx. 10MWp.
  • Advised Bluefield Revive Italia I on the acquisition of the entire corporate capital of two companies, owners of two photovoltaic plants in the Apulia region.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario’s multi-disciplinary energy, infrastructure and project finance practice advises clients on M&A and private equity transactions, contracts related to electric power and gas utilities as well as the development and financing of projects. Head of the banking, finance and insurance department Francesco Dialti assists major players in the renewables sector, while head of the administrative and public law department Fabrizio Magrì regularly co-operates with the energy department in transactions and advisory work.

Other key lawyers:

Fabrizio Magrì; Francesco Dialti; Francesco Assegnati; Barbara Orlando; Leonardo Casaleno

Key clients

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Finanziaria Internazionale Investments SGR S.p.A./Fund Canadian Solar Finint Solare – CSFS Fund I

Iccrea Banca

Blue SGR S.p.A.

Sparkasse Bank

Renantis Spa (formerly Falck Renewables)

CaixaBank, S.A.

Work highlights

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle’s practice focuses on the oil and gas sector, where it advises clients on acquisitions, supplies, due diligence and regulatory matters. The team is jointly led by banking, finance and real estate specialist Alfonso de Marco, transactional M&A expert Daniela Della Rosa, and Carmine Gravina, who advises on the acquisition and operation of solar and wind plants in Italy.

Practice head(s):

Alfonso Annibale de Marco; Daniela Della Rosa; Carmine Gravina


‘Engaged and client-oriented.’

Key clients

Amegas S.p.A.

Itelyum Regeneration S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Amegas in relation to the acquisition of the corporate capital of several companies active in the fuel distribution business.
  • Assisted Itelyum Regeneration in several acquisitions as a part of a strategic plan aimed at increasing the integration of Itelyum’s operational sites and the scope of its activities.

Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l.

Deloitte Legal Italy -Società tra Avvocati a r.l.‘s energy team is noted for regularly handling M&A transactions – an area in which Giorgio Mariani is an expert – as well as PPPs and project financing operations in the renewable energy sector, with focus on photovoltaic, hydroelectric, onshore and offshore wind, and biomass. The team also provides regulatory legal assistance on energy projects regarding the construction of energy plants, authorisations and environmental impact assessments. Francesco Paolo Bello is particularly well versed in these areas, while head of the energy department Filippo Manaresi is noted for his expertise in the renewables, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Manaresi

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Paolo Bello; Giorgio Mariani


‘Deloitte has an outstanding experience in the energy sector, and can offer 360 degree support to their clients.’

‘Deloitte Legal is a group of professionals capable of covering all business segments in-house. The team’s approach is really quick and efficient.’

‘Deloitte Legal Italy can easily provide the client with excellent, tailor-made legal advice and can be an excellent partner in M&A.’

‘Legal competence, high professionality, and quick assistance.’

‘Filippo Manaresi: I very much appreciated his competence, reliability, and personality.’

Key clients

Selettra S.p.A.


Statkraft Market Gmbh

Giraffe Clean Energy

Pensionskasse Stadt Zürich

Gruppo Hope S.r.l.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Selettra in the sale of 100% of Selettra Illuminazione Pubblica – a company active in the supply of energy efficiency services in the public lighting sector – to SCIF Streetlighting Italy.
  • Assisted GCE in connection with the development of 270 megawatts of Agri-PV projects in Italy (i.e. permitting, land rights, contracts, etc.).

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale

Eversheds Sutherland Associazione Professionale notably advises on project development, project finance and acquisitions in both the renewable energy sector and in the oil and gas industry. Clean energy sector expert Daniela Viaggio and Giuseppe La Rosa, noted for his focus on renewable energy source-based plants, are the key contacts. The team is also active in energy-related litigation, as well as in the drafting and implementation of compliance programmes, where energy regulatory specialist Alessandro Greco is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Viaggio

Other key lawyers:

Alessandro Greco; Giuseppe La Rosa


‘Daniela Viaggio is a lawyer with strong interpersonal skills, a very client-oriented approach, and an excellent preparation. She always manages to satisfy all requests and resolve all issues, even the most difficult ones. Strongly recommended.’

‘Special attention to client’s targets.’

‘Daniela Viaggio is a very valuable resource for our company.’

‘Availability of the team on any urgencies, and commitment to any transaction.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the sector, excellent quality of the advice and court support, very reactive and efficient against tight deadlines.’

Key clients

MET Group


Kobus Asset Finance

Alta Capital Limited



Adriatica Energia Alternativa S.r.l.

DVP Solar Worldwide S.L

Sycamore LtD

Work highlights

  • Advised debt fund Kobus Asset Finance on a €20m bond issue to finance a PV plant.
  • Assisted E.ON in complying with energy market regulations (REMIT, EMIR, MAR, MIFID), including advice on carve-out rules and data reporting to the Italian Energy Service Manager.
  • Represented renewable energy operator Adriatica Energia Alternativa in an appeal to the Council of State against the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici’s tariff forfeiture decision.

Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

Led by M&A and project finance deals expert Paolo Esposito, Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s energy practice handles a wide range of energy matters including M&A, joint ventures, development, financing and construction of electric power generation projects and natural gas infrastructure projects. Clients also seek the department’s advice on regulatory and compliance issues. The team includes Carlo Scaglioni, noted for assisting companies in both domestic and cross-border energy transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Esposito

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Scaglioni


‘Extreme availability. The team has always provided an accurate and prompt support.’

‘Carlo Scaglioni has a speedy critical thinking and can improve solutions that allow to overcome issues with negotiating partners.’

Key clients

Energy Wave




Ital Green Energy

Enel Green Power

Work highlights

  • Represented  ENI in a dispute before the Court of First Instance of Potenza (Region of Basilicata) brought by 80 plaintiffs, involving the largest onshore oil field in Western Europe.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Italian team routinely handles complex cross-border matters for clients across the entire energy sector, including oil and gas, renewables and energy efficiency. The team includes international and domestic M&A transaction expert Luca Picone and energy regulatory specialist Francesca Angeloni.

Practice head(s):

Luca Picone; Francesca Angeloni

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Atteritano; Emanuela Cocco; Elena D’Alto


‘Hogan Lovell’s team is made up of professionals with extensive experience in the energy sector and a great ability to delve deeper into the issues they are facing.’

‘The team is able to provide the right added value required and support the client even in the most difficult contexts.’

‘Hogan Lovell’s professionals are able to meet deadlines and assist the client with a broad legal and business vision. They analyse problems with objectivity and professionalism.’

Key clients

Enel S.p.A.

KLK Emmerich

Citelum S.A.

Shah Deniz Consortium, led by bp and SOCAR

Azienda Agricola Don Matteo

Phlogas s.r.l. in liquidazione

Sunerg Solar Energy S.r.l.


Infrastrutture S.p.A.

Alleans Renewables Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Enel Perú on the sale of its entire equity stake held in Enel Distribución Perú and in Enel X Perú, for a total consideration of around $2.9bn dollars.
  • Advised the Shah Deniz consortium on the completion of the $40bn Shah Deniz 2 Southern Gas Corridor and on the commencement of the first commercial gas pipeline deliveries to Europe from Azerbaijan.
  • Advised KLK Emmerich on the acquisition of Temix Oleo.

Lexia Avvocati

Founded in early 2020 and headed by energy finance transactions specialist Marco Muscettola, Lexia Avvocati’s energy team assists clients with acquisitions, joint ventures, project financing and the development of renewable energy plants. Pinella Altiero is particularly active in the department, providing comprehensive advice on authorisation processes for the construction of plants.

Practice head(s):

Marco Muscettola

Other key lawyers:

Pinella Altiero


‘Serious and professional team.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Italian operator in the acquisition of two photovoltaic projects with a peak capacity of 110MW.
  • Assisted two companies in the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture to develop renewable energy plants in Italy with a maximum capacity of 1GW.
  • Assisted a client in the financing transaction for the construction of nine rooftop photovoltaic plants.

PwC TLS Avvocati e Commercialisti

PwC TLS Avvocati e Commercialisti‘s energy team is consistently engaged by clients for advice on a wide range of energy-related matters. In the renewable energy sector, team lead Tommaso Tomaiuolo notably assists on development projects, acquisitions and sales with regard to solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy, while in the gas and electricity space the team has recently handled PPPs for the supply of electricity from renewable sources. Active in the financing of renewable and conventional energy projects, Gianluca De Donno is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tommaso Tomaiuolo

Other key lawyers:

Gianluca De Donno


‘Smart team able to support from a legal standpoint across all phases of a process.’

‘Tommaso Tomaiuolo stands out for his sector expertise and dedication to deals. Definitely the go-to lawyer in the industry.’

Key clients

Generali Investments Luxembourg S.A.

Fintel Gas e Luce e Fintel Reti

Edison Spa

GEO Engineering S.p.A.

Saipem Spa

Alboran Hydrogen S.r.l.

Garofalo Healthcare Spa

Ivab Ltd

WRM Capital Asset Management Sarl

ASM Terni S.p.A.

Liquigas S.p.A.

Lizard Renewables S.p.A.

E-Gap S.r.l.


Cons. Coop and Citigas Coop

E4SY spa (Energy for Sinergy)

Milani Spa

Alternative Capital

Axpo Italia Spa

Iren Spa


Opde Energy

Unicredit Spa

Azimut Libera Impresa SGR Spa


Work highlights

  • Advised Edison, Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen on creating three innovative industrial plants in Puglia for producing green hydrogen.
  • Advised Garofalo Healthcare, a prominent private healthcare operator in Italy, on signing a binding preliminary agreement with Iren Mercato to prepare a corporate PPA for a renewable energy supply from 2024 to 2028.
  • Advised Energy 4 Sinergy on signing a framework agreement for the development and sale of a 300MWp photovoltaic portfolio in Italy.


The energy practice at CMS covers M&A, commercial contracts, administrative and regulatory matters as well as tax law, where tax energy specialist Stefano Chirichigno is a key contact. The team can regularly be found advising clients in the renewable energy sector, and routinely represents investors in the acquisition, disposal and restructuring of photovoltaic plants, as well as in related litigation. Practice head Pietro Cavasola comes highly recommended, and Matteo Ciminelli notably focuses on energy M&A, permitting, subsidy arrangements and project contracts.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Cavasola

Other key lawyers:

Matteo Ciminelli; Stefano Chirichigno

Work highlights

K&L Gates

K&L Gates‘ team concentrates on the conventional energy sector, with an emphasis on oil and gas, where it represents clients in administrative disputes and claims. The practice includes Andrea Campana, who is recognised for his expertise in energy and construction litigation. Paolo Zamberletti left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Campana; Chiara Toccagni


‘Outstanding team – easily accessible, responsive, entrepreneurial, and exceptional understanding of the market and developments.’

Key clients

Edison S.p.A.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Utilità S.p.A. S.r.l.

Levigas S.p.A.

Augusta Ratio S.p.A.

BayWa r.e. Italia S.r.l.

Gasway S.p.A.

Mangiarotti S.p.A. (Westinghouse group)

Voith Hydro S.r.l.

Energy System Services S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Augusta Ratio in connection with the reorganisation process of the Augusta Ratio Group and the preparation of a revised five-year industrial plan.

Linklaters Studio Legale Associato

Linklaters Studio Legale Associato Studio Legale Associato’ energy team provides comprehensive advice to corporates and financial institutions on renewable energy and oil and gas transactions, project finance, acquisitions and commercial contracts. The practice is led by the dual qualified (in Italy and England and Wales) Tessa Lee, who focuses on the renewable energy, oil and gas, and conventional power sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Lee

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Casati; Lucia Ciocarlan; Paolo Bertolini; Benedetta Marino; Alessandro Gemmo


‘Linklaters is distinguished by its global presence and strong commitment to excellence. The firm stands out for its impressive international network, providing clients with extensive cross-border capabilities and deep market knowledge across various jurisdictions.’

‘The team is known for its dedication to innovation and leveraging technology to enhance legal services, ensuring efficiency and client satisfaction.’

‘The firm’s emphasis on fostering a collaborative and inclusive work culture contributes to a diverse team of talented professionals, promoting creativity and delivering exceptional legal solutions.’

‘Their collaborative approach fosters a strong team dynamic, promoting knowledge sharing and innovation. Their commitment to the client’s success and their ability to tailor solutions to meet specific client needs distinguish them from competitors.’

‘I particularly value their diligence, adaptability, and commitment to upholding the highest professional standards in the legal field.’

Work highlights