Firm Profile > Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams > Milan, Italy

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams
20121 MILAN

Industry focus: Energy Tier 3

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams excels in advising international players operating in Italy on energy-related matters. It is particularly well-known in the power, renewable energy and energy infrastructure sectors. The team, which is led by Eugenio Tranchino, acts for clients on joint ventures, construction procurement and power purchase, as well as commercial contracts and project finance transactions. It is increasingly seen in innovative new renewables projects, such as those relating to floating offshore wind, energy efficiency, electrical mobility, energy storage system, gas and energy mid-stream industry and utilities. The group also houses administrative lawyer Tiziana Manenti and four new associates, who joined from Macchi di Cellere Gangemi in 2020. In a more recent development, Francesco Piron also made the same move.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Tranchino

Other key lawyers:

Francesco Piron; Luca Sfrecola; Tiziana Manenti


‘The firm can count on an extraordinary knowledge of the energy sector, both of the market and of the players.’

‘Eugenio Tranchino is a professional of the highest calibre and indisputable competence: his knowledge of the sector, of the main players — both national and international — and his network are an element of great value that contribute to the conclusion of even very complex negotiations.’

‘The firm represents excellence in the energy sector in Italy. The energy team, made up of brilliant and highly competent professionals, always assists in a complete and highly qualified way on every possible problem, demonstrating attention and absolute dedication to the customer. ’

‘Eugenio Tranchino is undoubtedly one of the leading experts in the sector and an authoritative figure, who is also widely recognized on the market. With a broad vision of the market in all its facets, his professionalism and undoubted communication skills, as well as human qualities, make the difference when negotiating with counterparties. ‘

‘Undoubtedly a firm of excellence in the energy sector. Constant availability and timeliness.’

‘Eugenio Tranchino is certainly an excellence in the sector and a highly experienced professional with considerable knowledge of the market and undisputed technical and legal expertise. Capable of a great strategic vision, he is brilliant in identifying innovative and targeted solutions. Tiziana Manenti is a professional with great experience in regulatory and administrative law. Attentive to details. Luca Sfrecola is a capable and customer-focused professional. ’

Eugenio Tranchino is a superb lawyer, internationally renowned for his excellent experience in the energy sector. ‘

‘Ability, customer care, reliability, seriousness, high competence, availability and excellent service.’

Key clients


Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S (“CIP”)

RWE Renewables

Coro Energy PLC

Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited

Nordic Solar Energy A/S

Blue Elephant Energy AG

IKAV EE S.a.r.l.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams' 'really skilled' team works across the firm's core industry sectors of energy, transport, infrastructure and real estate. Mario D’Ovidio is known for energy and infrastructure project finance matters, and Furio Samela is a shipping finance expert.

Practice head(s):

Furio Samela; Mario D’Ovidio

Other key lawyers:

Michele Autuori; Amelia Garavaglia


Excellent ability to solve contractual problems.

Great for timeliness and compliance with deadlines.

We really appreciate its professionalism and availability.

The qualities that I was able to discern were the firm’s professionalism and precision.

Professional, hardworking and available; the strengths of WFW also include extreme competence and very fast reaction times.

Perfect understanding of our industry by the partners; and the full availability and clear explanations of the associates made the transaction go very smoothly. The team’s negotiation skills also allowed the strengthening of our deal position.

Really skilled in export finance, with very fast and accurate feedback. I have hardly ever found this combination in other law firms.

Mario D’Ovidio is very much appreciated by clients.

Key clients

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP)

Deutsche Bank AG

Commerzbank AG

UniCredit S.p.A.

Banco BPM S.p.A.

Intesa Sanpaolo Group

Crédit Agricole


BNP Paribas

BPER Banca

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 5

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams' 'dedicated' Italy banking and finance team is well known for its sector experience in energy, transport, infrastructure and real estate. Mario D’Ovidio is a project finance expert, while Furio Samela is a shipping finance specialist.

Practice head(s):

Furio Samela; Mario D’Ovidio

Other key lawyers:

Michele Autuori; Amelia Garavaglia


It is extremely easy to work with WFW – it has been since the first meeting. The team is dedicated to its clients, with a strong propensity to listen.

‘The WFW partners are very well prepared and always helpful.

Mario D’Ovidio dedicates himself to projects, is a constant presence during discussions, shows great professionalism, and is precise with deadlines and content. It is a real pleasure to work with him.

Key clients

Alpha Trains

Rimorchiatori Mediterranei S.p.A.

Rimorchiatori Laziali – Impresa di Salvataggio e Rimorchi S.p.A.

Fratelli Neri S.p.A.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Blue Elephant Energy AG

Nordic Solar Energy A/S

RGreen Invest (RGreen Group)

Tages Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Studio Legale Associato a Watson Farley & Williams has significant energy, real estate and transport sector knowledge. Eugenio Tranchino is Italian energy head; and 'preparedCarlo Cosmelli advises Italian and international companies, investment funds and financial institutions on M&A, and general corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Tranchino

Other key lawyers:

Carlo Cosmelli; Luca Sfrecola


Speed, availability and very high levels of preparation.

Competence, professionalism and willingness to meet clients’ needs.

Tailor-made service, flexibility, speed of execution and good quality/price ratio.

Coverage of a range of legal aspects that affect our business.

Having a continuous relationship with professionals makes the management of the problems that arise much easier to deal with.

Carlo Cosmelli has always distinguished himself through his high levels of professionalism, attentiveness towards the client, and his speed of deal execution.

Carlo Cosmelli is prepared and professional.

Key clients

Acea Spa

Nike Group

Castaldi Lightning Spa

Blue Elephant AG


Nordic Solar A/S

Armamento Setramar


Principia SGR Spa


We are an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.  We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate.

Our business exists to help our clients achieve their goals, partnering with them to meet the challenges they face today and will face tomorrow.

Our values rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values.

Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service locally and in combination across borders.



Sector focus has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened for business in 1982.  Having started life as an asset finance boutique focusing on the maritime and aviation industries, our Transport focus quickly expanded to other supply-chain led industries, most notably, Renewable and Conventional Energy and Real Estate and associate infrastructure across these industries.

Through our offices around the world, we provide a full suite of services within our core sectors enabling us to deliver exceptional value to our clients.


  • FOUNDED 1982
  • 170+ PARTNERS
  • 550+ LAWYERS
  • 17 OFFICES
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 Mario D’Ovidio  photo Mario D’Ovidio Mario has extensive experience advising financial institutions, borrowers, sponsors and ECAs on…
 Francesco Piron photo Francesco Piron Francesco provides legal advice to a wide portfolio of private and public…