Energy & Ecological Transition

The ecological transition is a topic of great debate and has continued to gain more steam. Today’s social and climatic conditions have made it clear that the ecological transition is not something just for the future – it’s also for the now. So we put together a team of experts in this field in all its forms.

Our Energy & Ecological Transition Focus Team aims to be the go-to team for all legal matters relating to the ecological transition – an ally of all clients, whatever business they’re in, as they face the challenges posed.

To work effectively in such complex sectors as energy, energy carriers, waste and water, and to understand their roles in the circular economy and ecological transition, thorough knowledge of the country and its institutions is a must. And that’s exactly what the focus team bring to the table.

The team members regularly work on complex and prestigious projects involving traditional energy, renewables, cogeneration, hydrogen and energy carriers, waste, water, and sustainable mobility (market first). They’ve come up with numerous innovative solutions that are considered pioneering in the field.

Providing legal services in a sector such as energy and ecological transition requires bringing together expertise from different practice areas. Clients expect advanced, multidisciplinary consultancy services with the timescales and approach that only a large, efficient law firm can provide. That’s why we have an Energy & Ecological Transition Focus Team.

Our service is truly all-encompassing: from assistance with extraordinary operations to advice and litigation support (in Italy and abroad) in the energy production, storage and distribution and grid markets, consultancy on EU law, and all the other services financial and industrial clients could ask of a law firm.

Our Energy & Ecological Transition Focus Team assists businesses in all areas of the green revolution and ecological transition: renewable energy and the circular economy, the use of hydrogen both in transport and in hard-to-abate sectors, and energy efficiency.


Here’s what sets us apart

  • Outstanding service in all areas of law relevant to this sector BonellieErede partners are ranked as leaders by the main international legal guides in corporate, contract, public and environmental law, project finance and antitrust sectors
  • Very strong ties with the financial and industrial communities in Italy
  • Expertise in dealing with the authorities and the public sector
  • Combination of academic experience and the expertise of a specialist boutique firm with the approach of a large international firm


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The Aiuti-bis Decree proposes solutions to Italy’s water emergency - 22 August 2022

The legislator’s attention is focused on the water emergency in Italy, and Article 14 of the Aiuti-Bis Decree - which came into force last August 10 - provides strict deadlines for entrusting the integrated water service (the “IWS”) throughout the Country. The Ai …

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The “Aiuti Decree” and the main changes regarding the authorisation of plants powered by renewable sources - 29 July 2022

At the conclusion of a complex parliamentary procedure preceded by several legislative interventions, the so-called “Aiuti Decree” was recently converted into Law 91/2022, which came into effect last July 16. The significant regulatory changes introduced on authorizations of plants power …

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Conversion of the Sostegni Ter Decree into law confirms the two-way compensation mechanism for electricity produced by renewable energy power plants - 5 April 2022

Renewable energy sources are once again in the legislative spotlight – this time with the conversion of the Sostegni Ter Decree into law on 29 March. According to the conversion law the compensation mechanism now has a definitive form under our regulatory framework: which are the main address …

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The Energy Decree and the contribution to tackle increases in utility bills - 25 March 2022

The Energy Decree, which came into force on 22 March, introduced for energy producers (including renewable energy producers) an additional 10% contribution out of their “excess profits” in order to tackle increases in utility bills. Who does the decree apply to? Which is the tax base …

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The Anti-fraud Decree and electricity produced by renewable energy power plants - 8 March 2022

Art. 5 of Law Decree No. 13 of 25 February 2022 (“Anti-fraud Decree”) – which came into force on 26 February 2022 – significantly amends the two-way compensation mechanism introduced by Art. 16 of the Sostegni-ter Decree in relation to the price of energy from re …

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The "Sostegni Ter" Law Decree and the tax aspects of the measures to counteract the increase in electricity prices for businesses - 1 March 2022

Certain provisions of the "Sostegni Ter" Decree raise some tax doubts: until the (much anticipated) decree to reorganise tax credit transferability is issued, the bonus has a limited scope for use by energy-intensive companies. Our

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NRRP and waste: calls for proposals launched for funding waste management plants and circular economy projects - 15 November 2021

MITE recently launched a call for proposals for funding for waste recycling projects, as part of Mission 2 (component 1) of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). The calls are a concrete opportunity to reach the NRRP goals in relation to urban waste management (collection, treatm …

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Hydrogen: a new season begins - 7 May 2021

It is a molecule that could revolutionise the world of energy. But where do things stand with its development and use? What structural and legal limits are hindering progress, and how can they be overcome? And what opportunities are out there? Our

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More filings, few conditions: a glimpse into the Italian government’s 2019 FDI screening report - 4 November 2020

The Italian government recently published its annual FDI screening report for 2019. Despite the wider scope of application and the growing number of transactions subject to FDI screening, conditions were imposed in only 13 cases (approx. 16% of the total number of filings). Perhaps not so su …

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Extension of the deadline to waive ‘Tremonti Ambiente’ tax incentive to allow taxpayers to continue benefitting from the feed-in tariff incentive - 4 November 2020

Taxpayers now have until 31 December to notify the Italian tax authority of their wish to waive the ‘Tremonti Ambiente’ tax incentive and thus continue benefitting from the feed-in tariff incentives under Energy Bill III, IV and V. This is thanks to the conversion law of the Simplification …

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Energy and Infrastructure M&A in the Age of Covid-19: Italy - 27 April 2020

Energy and infrastructure M&A in the age of Covid-19: new risks and legal issues, but also opportunities. All broken down for you here by our

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Golden Power in the time of Covid-19: new sectors, tighter control - 20 April 2020

Fear has spread that low market values are favouring predatory acquisitions of strategic assets of national interest by foreign investors. On 9 April, Law Decree No. 23 entered into force – bringing significant changes to legislation on government screening of foreign (but also domestic) i …

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How Covid-19 measures affect investment control in Italy and the EU? - 6 April 2020

This note addresses the following 3 developments in investment screening caused by Covid-19 outbreak: The Cura Italia decree suspended the timeframe for administrative procedures, including Golden Power, but lodging an urgency request could be a way to avoid the suspension; …

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Golden Power: current landscape in the EU about "Foreign Direct Investment" - 23 December 2019

Foreign direct investment control mechanisms around the world vary in both substance and procedure. But what about in the EU? Even though it boasts a very open regime, concern about foreign investors, including state-owned companies, in strategic businesses is growing: their role in cross …

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Foreign investment control in Italy: new timeframe and rules - 15 November 2019

In Italy, the government’s powers to screen investments in strategic sectors take the evocative name of “Golden Power”. Last Wednesday (13 November), the Italian parliament approved the conversion into law of Law Decree 105/2019, which introduces significant changes to Italy’s Golden Po …

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Publication of "FER1 Decree" - 3 September 2019

On 9 August 2019, the Decree of the Ministry of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, of 4 July 2019 was published in the Italian Official Journal No. 186 (the "FER1 Decree"). It came into force on 10 August 2019, introduces n …

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The European Fund for sustainable development and the EFSD guarantee - 22 May 2018

In 2017 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have established the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD), the EFSD Guarantee and the EFSD Guarantee Fund: measures supporting businesses, bodies and organisations with the goal (i) to enable inve …

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BonelliErede expands its partnership: six new partners announced

On 17 December, BonelliErede’s partners’ meeting approved the promotion to partner of six of the firm’s managing associates: Livia Cocca, Francesco Casamassa, Gianpaolo Ciervo, Daniele Gambirasio, Giulio Mazzotti and Giovanni Minuto. Livia Cocca joined BonelliErede’s Milan office in 200 …

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