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


  • Member of the Banks Focus Team
  • Member of the Construction & Engineering Focus Team
  • Member of the Energy & Infrastructure 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

  • BonelliErede crowned “Italy Law Firm of the Year – Finance” at the 2018 Legalcommunity Energy Awards
  • Legalcommunity named Catia “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 and “Energy Lawyer of the Year” in 2015
  • Leading international legal guides Chambers & Partners, The Legal500 and IFLR, list Catia as a leading Italian expert in the fields of project finance, energy and restructuring


“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

Maritime disputes and arbitration during Covid-19: current trends and future prospects

Which is the impact of the COVID-19 emergency in international arbitration? Our Shipping & Transport Focus Team and International Arbitration Focus Team give an overview of the measures adopted by the arbitral institutions, including those specialized in maritime disputes, to facilitate …

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EU Directive on copyright in the digital single market

On June 7th, Directive (EU)2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market entered into force. Its purpose is to (i) harmonize further EU law applicable to copyright and related rights in the framework of the internal market, (ii) introduce additional exceptions and limita …

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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

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

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

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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