Energy & Infrastructure

To succeed in a complex sector like energy & infrastructure, you need extensive knowledge of the country and the way the public authorities operate. We have this knowledge.

Providing legal services in regulated sectors, such as energy and telecommunications, requires specific teams that bring together expertise from different practice areas. Our 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 & Infrastructure Focus Team.

Our service is truly all-encompassing: we combine assistance in extraordinary transactions with advice and litigation support (in Italy and abroad) in the energy and grid markets, ad hoc legal opinions on European law, and all the other services financial and industrial clients could ask of a law firm.

We work with oil & gas multinationals, leading Italian and international names in energy, transport and telecommunications, and national and local public entities, on privatisation and business combination plans. We are the benchmark for large infrastructure funds looking to enter the Italian market because we know the market inside and out and get straight to the heart of every issue.

When we say we’re multidisciplinary, we really mean it. We will always be right by your side, offering the highest standards of service for all aspects of your business.


Here’s what sets us apart

  • We provide outstanding service in all areas of law relevant to these sectors. Our partners are ranked as leaders by the main international legal guides in corporate, contract, public and environmental law, project finance and antitrust sectors
  • We have very strong ties with the financial and industrial communities in Italy
  • We know how to interact with the authorities and the public sector
  • We combine academic experience and the expertise of a specialist boutique firm with the approach of a large international law firm


Learn about our Focus Teams.

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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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Consob provides clarification on the highly debated topic of selective disclosure of certain information by a listed company to its shareholders - 2 April 2021

Consob recently published some Q&As on cases in which listed companies can establish information flows (including for information that is or could become price-sensitive) to shareholders and, in particular, to con-trolling shareholders. Consob clarifies that controlling shareholders have …

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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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Covid-19: Thresholds for major shareholding notifications are lowered under Art. 120 of the Italian CFA - 8 April 2020

As of 18 March, investors who come to hold shareholdings in listed companies exceeding 1% (3% for SMEs) must notify the issuer and CONSOB under Art. 120 of Italian Legislative Decree No. 58/1998, i.e., the Consolidated Financial Act (“CFA”). The resolution applies for three months from 1 …

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The ESMA underlines transparency obligations concerning the Business impact of Covid-19 - 26 March 2020

In light of the serious market instability and the physiologic financial distress of companies, operators and investors, national authorities are seeking and adopting countermeasures to protect, to the extent possible, the orderly functioning of markets until more clarity is obtained on the lik …

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Golden Power: investments in strategic sectors - 23 December 2019

States around the world are becoming more involved in the economy and, through the Golden Powers legislation, are exercising control on investments in strategic sectors. What are the reasons behind this trend? Will Italy, which as has been very cautious in using the Golden Powers to date, ch …

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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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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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Giving Preference to Egyptian Products in Government Contracts - 20 November 2018

With the aim to further boost local industry, recently Egyptian government amended Law No.5 of 2015 by expanding the scope of the law requiring to give preference to Egyptian Products in Government Contracts. Our Africa Team and Energy and Infrastructures Focus Team analyse

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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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Ethiopia pushes on public private partnerships - 21 May 2018

Ethiopia has introduced a legal framework for public private partnerships to facilitate privately financed projects to support Ethiopia's grows: a clear process for private parties wishing to invest in specific public project in Ethiopia is now set. More details are available

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inspiratia’s 2019 legal advisor rankings: BonelliErede the only Italian firm

inspiratia – a leading news and analysis provider in the global infrastructure investment and renewable energy markets – ranks BonelliErede as the sixth-best infrastructure legal advisor by deal count in 2019. This ranking is significant recognition for BonelliErede, especially for its Ener …

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BonelliErede launches the first task force dedicated to Golden Powers legislation

BonelliErede has launched a new task force dedicated to all matters relating to Italy’s Golden Powers legislation to respond to investors’ needs created by this complex and highly topical piece of legislation on investments in strategic sectors. The legislation gives government bodies the p …

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BonelliErede tops global infrastructure deals ranking

BonelliErede ranked 1st for total deal value (€24.7 billion) and 4th for total number of deals in the global ranking of legal advisors active in the infrastructure sector, published by infrastructure and renewable energy data provider inspiratia. This is a significant accomplishment for the l …

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