Catia Tomasetti


  • Utilities and energy services
  • Public finance
  • Project bonds
  • Project finance
  • Market-first transactions in Italy in the following sectors:
    • traditional and renewable energy
    • waste
    • water
    • hospitals
    • underground systems
    • roads and motorways
  • Reorganisation of listed companies
  • Assistance to banks, shareholders and borrowers
  • She is also in charge for the development of the Middle Eastern practice

Foreign languages: English, French


  • Team Leader of the Energy & Ecological Transition Focus Team
  • Member of the Banks Focus Team
  • Member of the Africa Committee and of the Africa Team
  • Joined as a Partner in 2011
  • Worked with Graham Winter and Anne Baldock, the pioneers of project finance and project bond
  • Participated in the government roundtables established to draft regulations governing project bonds at the request of national and international banking associations

Ranking and Awards

The Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 EMEA international legal directories list Catia as an expert in Italy in banking and financial law, project finance and the energy sector.


“She is one of the most complete lawyers in terms of project financing skill; very much the best”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Member of the Italian Bar, admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation and other Italian high courts
  • LPC: College of Law, London
  • Law degree from the University of Bologna

Knowledge Sharing

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

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

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 Anti-fraud Decree and electricity produced by renewable energy power plants

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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ARERA final guidelines on the waste tariff method for the second regulatory period (MTR-2)

The Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (“ARERA”), with resolution 138/2021/R/RIF dated 30 March 2021 started the procedure to define the waste tariff method for the second regulatory period (“MTR-2”) and, lastly, with the consultation document No. 282/ …

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Hydrogen: a new season begins

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

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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Publication of "FER1 Decree"

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

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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Legalcommunity Energy Awards 2019, two new awards for BonelliErede - 1 February 2019

BonelliErede received two awards at the 2019 Legalcommunity Energy Awards on 31 January – organised by Legalcommunity to recognise the previous year’s key players in the energy sector. The firm was crowned “Law firm of the year – Finance”: the judging panel highlighted the following r …

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New award for BonelliErede at the Legalcommunity Finance Awards - 16 March 2018

Catia Tomasetti was crowned “Lawyer of the year – Project Finance” at the 2018 Legalcommunity Finance Awards – organised to recognise the previous year’s key players in the finance sector. The judges, in explaining their choice, emphasised Catia’s impeccable reputation and f …

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New award for BonelliErede at the PFI Awards - 9 February 2018

On 7 February, Catia Tomasetti and Gabriele Malgeri attended the prestigious PFI Awards. This annual event in London is organised by Thomson Reuters’ Project Finance International to recognise the main project finance players and deals over the previous year. BonelliErede was presented th …

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