Firm Profile > Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati > Milan, Italy

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati
VIA SAN BARNABA, 30
20122 MILAN
Italy

Administrative and public law Tier 1

The highly regarded Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati specialises exclusively in administrative and public law. Founding partners, the 'outstanding' Riccardo Villata and the 'excellent' Andreina Degli Esposti, jointly head a team with 'extensive and unparalleled experience', which has developed longstanding relationships with major clients from a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in energy, finance, healthcare and telecoms. Highlights included assisting energy company Zephyro with public tenders worth €285m. The firm also acts for clients in criminal proceedings. Federico Ianeselli was made up to partner in January 2019 and Laura Sommaruga is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Riccardo Villata; Andreina Degli Esposti

Testimonials

Top-level in terms of response time, business acumen, industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength and depth of team, and value for money.’

Undisputed skills combined with a frank and cordial approach

I would single out Professor Villata, who has always been an outstanding point of reference for every judicial matter, and Mrs Andreina Degli Esposti, who assists us on extra-judicial matters with her excellent instinct and learned perspective.’

Equity partners Prof. Villata Riccardo and Avv. Andreina degli Esposti both have considerable competence in the sector; they are extremely competent and therefore provide legal opinions that are always balanced and effective.

Key clients

Lloyd’s Italian Office

A4 Holding

Edison

Tamoil Italia

KOS Group

Aria

BNP Paribas

Zephyro

Sirti

The firm: Now a leading firm in administrative law, with offices in Milan, Rome and Bologna, Studio Vilde was established in 1999, a merger of the studios of Avv Prof Riccardo Villata and Avv Andreina Degli Esposti. The firm’s practice covers a variety of areas – from infrastructure and oil and gas projects to public utilities and environmental law – while its extensive judicial and extra judicial experience has enabled it to become a key consultancy structure.

The Italian legal system is seeing the administrative and civil law sectors become increasingly interlinked, an aspect that Studio Vilde embraces also, working with large multinational companies on matters involving corporate and financial law. The firm thrives within the constantly evolving legal environment due to its ability to adapt and the fact that it is always up to date with the latest changes. Added to this, on account of its dynamic structure – with its various offices – the firm is always able to respond promptly to all its clients’ needs.

Areas of practice: The firm’s practice covers all areas of public law. It specialises predominantly in:

Litigation: the firm’s main practice area is litigation. Its partners regularly represent clients before the administrative courts and the firm has extensive experience in procedures before the Italian Court of Audit. This excellent litigation practice has allowed the firm to strengthen its expertise in non-contentious matters across all areas of public law.

Environment: the firm boasts an unrivalled combination of comprehensive and experienced practice in both the remediation and waste sectors, along with an exceptional legal service in criminal law, litigations (before administrative or civil courts) and the structuring of complex transactions.

Energy: the firm primarily assists the principal Italian companies in the energy sector on the following matters: exploration, production, storage and distribution of natural gas; power generation (including renewable sources, cogeneration and waste-to-energy) and distribution; and the storage and distribution of oil.

Oil and gas: the firm assists major companies operating in the Italian oil and gas sectors in (i) the regulation process under Italian authorities; (ii) the acquisition of concessions and administrative permits; and (iii) litigation.

Waste: the firm advises the principal companies in the waste market.

Privatisation: the firm has developed widespread expertise in both privatisations and financial transactions with public bodies, as well as in highly specialised sectors, such as the gaming industry.

Public utilities: the firm’s partners are widely recognised as the leading Italian experts in public utilities. The firm provides clients with (i) influential opinions and advice; (ii) litigation expertise; and (iii) assistance with the structuring, documentation and completion of complex transactions.

Infrastructure: the firm represents clients in tender procedures or in the implementation of public contracts.

Malls and stores: within this sector, the firm’s practice has extensively covered litigations and transactions with local public bodies (municipalities and regional governments).

Number of lawyers : 15
English
French
Spanish
Other offices : Bologna
Other offices : Rome

The firm: Now a leading firm in administrative law, with offices in Milan, Rome and Bologna, Studio Vilde was established in 1999, a merger of the studios of Avv Prof Riccardo Villata and Avv Andreina Degli Esposti. The firm’s practice covers a variety of areas – from infrastructure and oil and gas projects to public utilities and environmental law – while its extensive judicial and extra judicial experience has enabled it to become a key consultancy structure.

The Italian legal system is seeing the administrative and civil law sectors become increasingly interlinked, an aspect that Studio Vilde embraces also, working with large multinational companies on matters involving corporate and financial law. The firm thrives within the constantly evolving legal environment due to its ability to adapt and the fact that it is always up to date with the latest changes. Added to this, on account of its dynamic structure – with its various offices – the firm is always able to respond promptly to all its clients’ needs.

Areas of practice: The firm’s practice covers all areas of public law. It specialises predominantly in:

Litigation: the firm’s main practice area is litigation. Its partners regularly represent clients before the administrative courts and the firm has extensive experience in procedures before the Italian Court of Audit. This excellent litigation practice has allowed the firm to strengthen its expertise in non-contentious matters across all areas of public law.

Environment: the firm boasts an unrivalled combination of comprehensive and experienced practice in both the remediation and waste sectors, along with an exceptional legal service in criminal law, litigations (before administrative or civil courts) and the structuring of complex transactions.

Energy: the firm primarily assists the principal Italian companies in the energy sector on the following matters: exploration, production, storage and distribution of natural gas; power generation (including renewable sources, cogeneration and waste-to-energy) and distribution; and the storage and distribution of oil.

Oil and gas: the firm assists major companies operating in the Italian oil and gas sectors in (i) the regulation process under Italian authorities; (ii) the acquisition of concessions and administrative permits; and (iii) litigation.

Waste: the firm advises the principal companies in the waste market.

Privatisation: the firm has developed widespread expertise in both privatisations and financial transactions with public bodies, as well as in highly specialised sectors, such as the gaming industry.

Public utilities: the firm’s partners are widely recognised as the leading Italian experts in public utilities. The firm provides clients with (i) influential opinions and advice; (ii) litigation expertise; and (iii) assistance with the structuring, documentation and completion of complex transactions.

Infrastructure: the firm represents clients in tender procedures or in the implementation of public contracts.

Malls and stores: within this sector, the firm’s practice has extensively covered litigations and transactions with local public bodies (municipalities and regional governments).

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative Riccardo Villata
Administrative Andreina Degli Esposti
Litigation and arbitration Riccardo Villata
Litigation and arbitration Andreina Degli Esposti
Building regulations and town planning Andreina Degli Esposti
Building regulations and town planning Riccardo Villata
Environment Riccardo Villata
Environment Andreina Degli Esposti
Energy and natural resources Andreina Degli Esposti
Energy and natural resources Riccardo Villata
Networked public utilities Riccardo Villata
Networked public utilities Andreina Degli Esposti
Public tenders Riccardo Villata
Public tenders Andreina Degli Esposti
Privatisation and public enterprises Riccardo Villata
Privatisation and public enterprises Andreina Degli Esposti
Project financing and financial structures for public bodies Andreina Degli Esposti
Project financing and financial structures for public bodies Riccardo Villata
Administrative legal issues arising from M&A operations Andreina Degli Esposti
Administrative legal issues arising from M&A operations Riccardo Villata
Regulations of industrial sites Andreina Degli Esposti
Regulations of industrial sites Riccardo Villata
Independent authorities Andreina Degli Esposti
Independent authorities Riccardo Villata
Commerce Andreina Degli Esposti
Commerce Riccardo Villata
Litigation before the Italian Court of Audit (Corte dei Conti) Andreina Degli Esposti
Litigation before the Italian Court of Audit (Corte dei Conti) Riccardo Villata
Criminal trials in administrative matters Riccardo Villata
Criminal trials in administrative matters Andreina Degli Esposti
Number of lawyers : 15
English
French
Spanish
Other offices : Bologna
Other offices : Milan

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati aims to provide an inclusive, non-discriminatory and supportive culture. We have a very well integrated team: our people vary greatly in background, age and interests, and we continue to flourish by recruiting and developing the finest talent. What defines each and every one of us is our willingness to form part of a tightknit professional community, working together so that we can provide our clients with the best legal services available, to the highest ethical standards.

The firm maintains a strict code of conduct that is fundamental to all its activity. We are particularly vigilant in ensuring that there are no conflicts of interest, meaning that clients can rest assured knowing that we act in a way that puts them first.

At Studio VILDE, whilst we know what we are good at and where our strengths lie – a trait which has led us to become one of the leading firms in Italian public law – we are also aware of which areas are outside our field of expertise and we choose to avoid these accordingly. This ensures that any work done by the firm is carried out swiftly, to the highest of standards.

We also remain very active regarding social issues that we feel strongly about.

Recently, we have successfully assisted the Italian association “Vittime del Dovere ONLUS”, which protects the families of soldiers, police officers and magistrates who have fallen in the fight against criminality.

Moreover, we provide legal assistance to “Aldia Cooperativa Sociale”, with specific regard to educational institutions that welcome children with disabilities.

Our eagerness to help has gained us a reputation as a firm with a strong moral backbone. When a situation involving these types of social issues comes to our attention, whereby we believe both the concerned party and the community would benefit from our expertise, but is unable to afford it, we step in and offer our services on a pro bono basis.

Our pro bono work also consists of advisory activity in favour – among others – of the initiative coordinated by Professor Silvio Scarone (University of Milan), involving the implementation of medical projects in Africa.

Our supportive values are also demonstrated by our charity work.

We have been supporting the fight against Rett syndrome for a number of years. The syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily. Every year we organise fundraising activities as part of our commitment to the fight against Rett syndrome.

In addition, we have chosen to help the charity “Azione Contro la Fame Italia Onlus”. This international humanitarian organisation is committed to ending world hunger by saving the lives of malnourished children, providing access to clean drinking water and sustainable solutions to food shortages.

Lastly, it should not be neglected that Riccardo Villata and Andreina Degli Esposti support Paolo Morselli’s Interethnos Interplast Italy – 3i ONLUS, a voluntary organisation that operates in underdeveloped countries by providing free reconstructive plastic surgery in favour of both children and adults.

We hold all these charities close to our hearts and endeavour to maintain our ongoing support for them in the future.


CLIENT: Claudio Santambrogio

COMPANY/FIRM: F.I.M.P.A. S.p.A. – Chief Executive Officer

TESTIMONIAL: Our company operates in the development, management and maintenance of its own real estate.
For years, we have endorsed the professional collaboration of Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati on  issues concerning administrative law related to local authorities.
Attorney Andreina Degli Esposti has always assisted and represented us by demonstrating undisputed professional talent denoted by clarity, effectiveness, competence and experience uncommon in this field. She also combines her undoubted skills with a frank and cordial approach.


CLIENT: Alberto Restagno 

COMPANY/FIRM: Tamoil Italia S.p.A. – Legal & Insurance Director

TESTIMONIAL: Over the last 20 years, we have had to navigate the complexities of administrative issues, and Studio VILDE have helped us to face every legal problem in an extremely accurate and experienced way.
Professor Villata has always been an outstanding point of reference for every judicial matter, whilst Andreina Degli Esposti has constantly assisted us on extra-judicial matters with her excellent instinctive and learned perspectives.


CLIENT: Daniel Zaza 

COMPANY/FIRM: Italian Underwriting S.r.l. – Manager Insurance Division 

TESTIMONIAL: For the last 20 years, we have had the honour of collaborating with Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati on all matters involving public tenders and administrative law.
Andreina Degli Esposti has provided us with unparalleled service, and when judicial action is needed, Professor Villata is an added advantage.
One of the main strengths of the practitioners is their outstanding performance, dedication and dynamic approach to solutions.
We really appreciate the assistance VILDE have given us, as it has often come whilst dealing with sensitive issues.


CLIENT: Greta Brambilla

COMPANY/FIRM: Edison S.p.A. – EDF Group – Senior Counsel (Corporate & Renewable Energy – Real Estate & Environmental Remediation)

TESTIMONIAL: The Studio Legale Villata, Degli Es

posti e Associati of Milan is one of the most Edison’s appreciated advisers. We have been working together for more than ten  years and we have always received an excellent service with reference to administrative law concerning litigations on environmental issues.
These topics are very important for Edison both for an economic reason and liability.
Environmental law in Italy involves not only administrative law but also criminal and civil law. In particular, Prof. Villata, the founder of the Studio, has a unique competence in those different branches regarding environmental issues and this, for a company is really precious.
In addition to this, Avvocato Andreina Degli Esposti provides a very good service in every way: rapid response times, business oriented, giving always appropriate advice.
For our experience we can say that the Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is one of the best law firms in Italy.


CLIENT: Giovanna Bassi

COMPANY/FIRM: Compass S.p.A. – Compass Group – Head of Legal Department

TESTIMONIAL: I would like to express my thanks to the Studio for the great support they have given us in all the judicial and extra-judicial cases in which my company has been involved.
Riccardo Villata and Andreina Degli Esposti are both excellent lawyers with a great ability to be straight to the point, and both with acumen and quick understanding of issues relating to business.
We had total success in all our judicial cases.


CLIENT: Nicoletta Andreotti 

COMPANY/FIRM: Lloyd’s Italian Office – Head of Legal & Compliance

TESTIMONIAL: Both partners of Studio VILDE really stand out from the legal crowd. Professor Villata and Andreina Degli Esposti are regularly considered the top lawyers in their specific practice area, but what truly distinguishes them is their great reputation and influence within the legal world. Their understanding of Lloyd’s, their legal pedigree, their broad knowledge of public law, their negotiating skills and their experience prove that they are “more than just lawyers”.
We can say that this law firm has made the history of Lloyd’s in Italy, for example, when VILDE successfully represented our company before the European Court of Justice in a proceeding of paramount importance for Lloyds’ business in Italy.


CLIENT: Alessandro Contini

COMPANY/FIRM: Kos Care – Kosgroup – Regional Director

TESTIMONIAL: Our company is part of the public-private healthcare business in Italy and we have been working with VILDE for several years.
VILDE is the firm we refer to when dealing with investigations and in-depth analysis of applicable laws and regulations, especially when facing lawsuits and litigations that require accurate judicial review to defend our company.
Andreina Degli Esposti is our point of reference within the firm. She offers farsighted solutions and a great perspective to matters beyond merely legal ones, which helps us to formulate long-term strategies. VILDE’s team of lawyers is always ready to offer innovative and proactive solutions.

Andreina Degli Esposti, Founding Partner

Founding Partner of Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati, Andreina Degli Esposti explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

The personalised and empathetic approach with respect to clients who submit their needs to VILDE, aspects that are conducive to an in depth-analysis of the thematic areas in order to identify the best possible solutions.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

In particular, the telecommunications sector. The extrajudicial activity regarding the public profiles of corporate actions, thanks to the growing interaction of the Law Firm VILDE with Italian and foreign Law Firms (especially English) and the increasing number of foreign clients who directly address the Firm.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The level of client satisfaction – consolidated over time – has meant that the Firm prefers to maintain the fixed features that characterise it.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

For some time now the Firm has used and made available to its clients the usual IT systems that facilitate the development of the legal profession. This aspect has seen an increase in services to the public administration, especially related to invoicing.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Thanks to the success obtained in court proceedings before the administrative courts, a major telecommunications company on a national scale was able to continue operating its activity.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

I hope to be here in three years’ time (fingers crossed!) to see my Firm rooted and further consolidated thanks to the commitment from the current collaborators and partners, and the others that will be selected in the future.

Forthcoming Article By Riccardo Villata In “rivista Di Diritto Processuale Amministrativo”

The article is a further contribution to an ongoing debate on jurisdiction in which Riccardo Villata provides, amongst other interpretations, an insight into the constitutional system resulting from Articles 103 and 113 of the Italian Constitution.


Forthcoming Article By Professor Villata

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Professor Villata’s latest article.

The work, In tema di questioni di giurisdizione (alla luce di un recente Momorandum), explores questions of jurisdiction following the recent Memorandum from the heads of the three jurisdictions (ordinary, administrative and accounting) addressed to the President of the Italian Republic.


Andreina Degli Esposti’s Contribution To The Volume “the Energy Regulation And Markets Review”

ANDREINA DEGLI ESPOSTI’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE NEWLY RELEASED SIXTH EDITION OF THE VOLUME “THE ENERGY REGULATION AND MARKETS REVIEW”


Forthcoming Volume On The Reform Of The Public Procurement Code Coordinated By Professor Villata

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a volume on the reform of the Italian Public Procurement Code. A number of experts in Administrative and Public Law will contribute to the work, which is coordinated by Professor Villata.


Professor Villata’s Forthcoming Article On The Jurisdiction Of Administrative Courts

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati is pleased to announce the imminent publication of Professor Villata’s latest article, which explores the extent of, and the limits to, the jurisdiction of Italian Administrative Tribunals.