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Awards and accolades

We are proud of the external recognition we have gained for the quality of our work, our professionalism and our commitment to client care. Below is a selection of our accolades since 2010.

Banking and finance

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: borrower side – Tier 3 “standout features include energy, infrastructure, aviation and shipping sector expertise.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: lender or arranger side – Tier 3 “stands out for its financing expertise in the energy, infrastructure, aviation and shipping sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Advises a wide client roster, including international and domestic banks and project developers, on banking and finance transactions across a range of areas including project, energy and infrastructure finance.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Active on a range of cross-border project financings, mainly concerning the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. Client portfolio comprises banks, investment funds, project developers and asset managers. Additionally offers advice on English law.”

Chambers Global 2017: Banking & Finance: “Noted for cross-border project financing matters, boasting particular expertise in UK law and a network of offices throughout a variety of different jurisdictions. Particularly focused on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.”

Chambers Global 2017: Project Finance: “Arturo Sferruzza is described by commentators as ‘a very experienced lawyer with a good track record in project finance’.” He has a broad practice advising on administrative, corporate and financing law in the energy, infrastructure, technology and transport sectors.

Chambers Europe 2016: Project Finance: “Advises a wide client roster, including banks and project developers, on banking and finance transactions across a range of areas including project, energy and infrastructure finance.”

Chambers Europe 2016: Project Finance: “The team is sophisticated in structured deals. Efficient and clever.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “Active on a range of cross-border project financings, chiefly focusing on asset finance, export credit finance and corporate lending. Especially prominent in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Client portfolio comprises banks, investment funds and project developers.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “Very available and flexible lawyers, knowledgeable and to the point. Precise over high volumes of documentation, discreet and well measured.”

Chambers Global 2016: The team in Italy “Specialises in project financing matters with a far-reaching international approach. Holds particular expertise in UK law, though also active in global multi-jurisdictional projects. Enjoys visibility in the real estate, infrastructure and energy sectors.”

Chambers Global 2016: Europe-wide the banking and finance lawyers are “very available and flexible, knowledgeable and to the point. They are precise over high volumes of documentation, discreet and well-measured. Notable practitioners include Arturo Sferruzza in Milan.”

Chambers Global 2016: In the area of aviation finance, “Norton Rose Fulbright is well positioned all over the world. The service is great….”

Chambers Global 2016: In the area of shipping finance, Norton Rose Fulbright “stands out for its clout in the financial arena ... and offers broad global coverage spanning Europe and Asia. ... absolutely fantastic - the lawyers are experts in their fields.”

Chambers Europe 2015: “Offers in-depth expertise in all sectors of banking and finance and project finance. Specialises in matters such as acquisition finance, structured finance and export finance. Also has a strong international presence.”

Chambers Europe 2014: “A solid team that can cover any sector”.

Winner: Best law firm in Italy for banking and finance at the Premio Internazionale Le Fonti Annual Awards 2013. Premio Le Fonti identifies and awards excellence, defined as innovation, sustainability and internationalisation, in the fields of law, finance and business.  More than 40,000 subscribers of various legal, finance and business magazines were contacted to vote in the 2013 selection process. Our banking and finance team was chosen for its multi-disciplinary characteristics, the quality of services we provide which add value to our clients, and our offer of a reliable and solid global network.

Chambers Europe 2013 states that “Norton Rose is an important player in project finance, and remains highly active in the energy sector. The team also has noteworthy expertise in acquisition finance, real estate finance and shipping finance. It advises a raft of Italian and multinational clients, such as BNP Paribas, Intesa Sanpaolo and UniCredit.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale acts on acquisition, asset and energy finance, as well as export credit and trade finance, project finance, public finance, real estate lending, restructuring and insolvency, and general commercial lending. The team advised the project company Brebemi, as borrower, on increasing a bridge loan granted to finance the realisation of a large highway project in northern Italy.”

Premio Internazionale Le Fonti 2012: Norton Rose wins the award for Best Law Firm in Italy for Project Finance

Chambers Europe 2012 states that “Norton Rose has been involved in a steady flow of work in asset and acquisition finance, as well as energy projects. The team also comes recommended for aviation, shipping and real estate finance. Thanks to its widespread global network, the firm is able to handle multijurisdictional deals and core clients include Alitalia, BNP Paribas and UniCredit. Sources say: ‘Always available, diligent and responsive to our needs’.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale advised project company BreBeMi on the financing of a 62km toll highway in northern Italy, and advised UniCredit Bank AG, IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG, and GE Capital Interbanca as mandated lead arrangers on the debt package granted to MCP MIC to support the acquisition of shares in Microgame.”

Chambers Europe 2011 states that “This team is highly active in project finance and is particularly recommended for its work in the energy sector. The firm has also seen an increase in restructuring and real estate finance transactions. Sources say: ‘very strong in project finance’.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2011 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale is particularly noted for project finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2010 states that “This team … has an expansive international network and pool of resources that enables it to co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional transactions.”

Capital markets

Legal 500 EMEA 2016: Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended: “Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘easy-to-deal-with team’ stands out for securitisation work.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2014: “Norton Rose Fulbright has a broad spread of equity capital markets experience across industry sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2014: “Equity is the team's strongest suit. Particularly known for its work within the industries of finance, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and life sciences”.

Chambers Europe 2014: “The lawyers carry out a fundamental role for us; they are well equipped for international deals”.

Chambers Europe 2013 states that “This team is particularly visible acting for SMEs in domestic and cross-border equity transactions. The group also handles MTN programmes, convertible bonds and securitisations.”

Chambers Europe 2012 states that “This team combines industry-specific knowledge with a keen technical legal ability. It is, therefore, able to provide a business-oriented service to clients in a variety of sectors, including transport and energy. The group is traditionally known for its equity work, but has recently increased its activities in debt and securitisations, despite challenging market conditions. It has developed a sound working relationship with ratings agency DBRS and is increasingly present on structured finance deals. Clients regard the firm's global network as a terrific asset, as it enables them to conduct cross-border transactions without the need to hire extra counsel.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale was particularly active in capital increase projects, as well as in advising clients on new regulations regarding takeover bids and exchange tender offers approved by CONSOB. … Norton Rose Studio Legale advised DBRS Ratings on various securitisations with an aggregate value of several billion euros.”

Chambers Europe 2011 states that “This firm, traditionally focused on equity markets, has weathered challenging conditions by focusing on AIM work.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2011 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale is noted for its industry know-how in relation to financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, transport and technology.”

Chambers Global 2010 states that “Whilst the equity sector is amongst the hardest hit by the economic crisis, this firm has turned potential misfortune into opportunity and become one of the first names to be associated with operations launched on AIM Italia, which is dedicated to small and mid-sized enterprises with strong potential for growth. A team combining talents from the Milan and Athens offices oversaw the admission of Neurosoft as the first company to enter the new market.”

Corporate, M&A and securities

Chambers Global 2017: Corporate/M&A - “Provides full-service multi-jurisdictional support to multinational groups active in the Italian insurance, private equity and real estate markets.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2016: Commercial, corporate and M&A – “Norton Rose Fulbright has particular strength in advising financial institutions (including insurance), handling energy and infrastructure-related deals, as well as matters in the transport, technology and life sciences and healthcare sectors.”

Chambers Global 2016: In the area of corporate and M&A, Norton Rose Fulbright is “"Developing very well.  Key European contacts include Nicolò Juvara in Milan."

Legal 500 EMEA 2014: “Norton Rose Fulbright has experience in Italian M&A transactions across various industry sectors including financial services, energy and life sciences.”

Chambers Europe 2012 states that “A solid mid-market player, Norton Rose acts for some impressive clients, including BNP Paribas, France Telecom and ENI. Clients value the team's international credentials and full-service corporate expertise. Sources say: ‘Fast in acting on our needs’.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2011 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale has been increasingly active in cross-border M&A and private equity deals.”

Dispute resolution and litigation

Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – Other recommended firms – Tier 1

Chambers Europe 2017: Dispute resolution and litigation, Noted firm

Chambers Global 2017: Dispute Resolution (Other firms)

Legal 500 EMEA 2016: Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended.

Employment and labour

Legalcommunity Italia Labour Report, The best in Italy (2016): Ranked; interviewees noted the following as one of our strengths: “presence, availability and approachability of our partner”.

Energy

Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – Tier 2 “provides ‘a high standard service level’ in advising on project finance and M&A, particularly in the renewable energy and gas sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Experienced team with broad sector expertise across the full range of energy matters.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Noted for its market activity in LNG, oil and gas and biomass projects. Clients include both Italian and multinational companies seeking assistance with cross-border transactions, project financing and development.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “One client reports: ‘We are all very happy with the work. The lawyers have been extremely thorough, they know their targets and have been good at dealing with any issues. They also have a commercial approach.’”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Interviewees highlight the team's ‘good experience, knowledge and strong understanding of the sector’."

Legalcommunity Italia Energy Report, The best in Italy (2017): Ranked; noted as our key strengths: “(1) industry specific know how in energy, (2) technical competence, professionality and quick to reply, (3) understands the market and the commercial business, (4) partners are present, available and easy to reach and (5) international network and consolidated presence in Italy.

Chambers Europe 2016: Energy, Band 3 “Notably experienced in project finance covering the renewables, power and oil and gas markets. Primarily advises sponsors and banks on multi-jurisdictional as well as domestic transactions.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “Very efficient team in project finance.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2016: “Norton Rose Fulbright is increasingly active in energy-related M&A transactions and project financings in oil and gas and the renewable energy sector.”

Chambers Global 2016: The team in Italy "Specialises in project financing matters with a far-reaching international approach. Holds particular expertise in UK law, though also active in global multi-jurisdictional projects. Enjoys visibility in the real estate, infrastructure and energy sectors. "

Chambers Europe 2015: “Noted by sources for its work on financing matters, and is particularly active on the sponsors' side of the table. Handles solar, biomass, hydropower and wind matters, as well as oil, gas and LNG mandates.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2014: “Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent service is tailored to clients’ needs’.”

Chambers Europe 2014: “The team draws on the resources of the firm's international network to provide stellar advice on both domestic and international fronts. Excellent practice covers a wide spectrum of energy matters including renewable energy, oil and gas, and power”.

Chambers Europe 2014: “We trust the team to understand our business needs and provide us with an accurate risk assessment”.

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale’s team covers renewable energy – including biomass, solar, wind and waste-to-energy – as well as oil and gas, and traditional power industries.”

Chambers Europe 2012 states that “Sources commend this firm's prolific activity in the renewables sector. It predominantly handles project finance work and is noted for its excellent cross-border capabilities. The group's Milan office has been very active in this respect, particularly with regards to deals in South Africa. The team advises a wide spectrum of energy clients, including banks, developers and sponsors. Notable highlights include advising Origis on financing a portfolio of photovoltaic projects in southern Italy and Sicily, with a combined capacity of 11 MW.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale’s expertise covers renewable energy, oil and gas, and power. It advised Centrobanca as mandated lead arranger on the financing of certain solar photovoltaic power projects.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2011 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale stands out for its renewables sector experience, advising on solar, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy projects.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2010 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale counts 30 lawyers who assist in areas such as energy trading, energy finance, upstream oil and gas, and energy capital markets. The team is particularly respected for its strength in the renewable energy sector.”

EU and competition law

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale’s practice covers antitrust, competition and regulatory issues, including merger control, cartel or other market investigations, anti-competitive agreements, and abuses of dominant position. The group’s sector expertise includes financial services, energy, consumer goods, and software and IT.”

Insurance

Chambers Europe 2017: Insurance, Band 1

Chambers Europe 2017: “Market-leading insurance team with expertise spanning regulatory, corporate and litigious matters.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Well regarded for handling issues relating to insurance M&A, policy drafting, competition and compliance within the insurance sector.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Highly sought after by international insurers … for advice on their Italian assets, as well as Italian clients looking to invest abroad.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “strong insurance practice … quality of the firm's work is very high."

Chambers Europe 2016: Band 1. “Market-leading insurance team with expertise spanning regulatory, corporate and litigious matters. Coverage issues, competition matters, policy wording and mergers and acquisitions form just a tranche of its varied workload.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “The team has very good knowledge of the insurance market. We have confidence that the lawyers really understand the business we are in.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “The lawyers are multilingual, meet our demanding deadlines and are responsive to our needs.”

Chambers Europe 2015: “Band 1 - Retains its position as a top-tier player in the market, advising on the full range of insurance issues. Provides assistance on regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. Has an impressive portfolio of high-profile clients and a strong global presence.”

Chambers Europe 2014: Band 1

Chambers Europe 2014: “Widely considered one of the foremost names in the market thanks to a broad focus and depth of expertise. Works for the leading insurance players in Italy on transactional, regulatory and contentious proceedings.”

PLC WhichLawyer 2012 and 2011 awards us the top ranking, “Leading firm”.

Restructuring and insolvency

Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – Tier 3 “acts for banks and sponsors on restructurings, including in-court restructurings and pre-insolvency matters, with notable experience in distressed LBOs.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Assists clients from a wide range of industry sectors including shipping, real estate, aviation and transport.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Benefits from an extensive global network enabling it to provide seamless advice on cross-border matters.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Complements its skill in this area with expertise in litigation and finance”

Chambers Europe 2017: “The firm's restructuring and insolvency practice is widely appreciated by the market, with clients noting that that team is ‘very strong, responsive and is part of an excellent international network’

Chambers Europe 2017: “The firm is ‘available, precise and tries to give advice that is value for money; it doesn't waste the client's time,’ interviewees say.”

Chambers Europe 2016: “Firm with a particular strength advising on cross-border administrations and liquidations. Often assists clients from the transport and energy sectors with restructuring. Also acts for lenders and banks.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked.

Chambers Europe 2015: “Industry-focused practice that is best known for handling complex restructurings and insolvencies in the real estate, shipping and energy sectors. Offers clients solid cross-border capabilities.”

Chambers Europe 2014: “Held in high regard by leading banks and sponsors for international and domestic mandates. Covers all facets of restructuring, including restructuring distressed LBOs, in-court restructuring and pre-insolvency matters”.

Chambers Europe 2014: “Appreciated for its capacity to work as a team. It is also good at co-ordinating a transaction when there are many parties involved”.

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale acts in complex, high-value restructurings and has industry-specific expertise in the shipping, energy and real estate sectors.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012 states that: Norton Rose Studio Legale acted for several banks on the €51m debt restructuring of natural gas distributor Servizi Energetici Integrati and its subsidiaries.”

Real estate

Legal 500 EMEA 2017 – Other recommended firms – Tier 1 

Legal 500 EMEA 2016: Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014: “Norton Rose Fulbright is experienced in real estate funds set up by public entities; innovative real estate financing transactions; and hotel, leisure and commercial centre development projects. The acquisition and management of shopping centres is a specialism of the team …”

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale’s real estate team fields finance and corporate law experts, who are supported by tax, dispute resolution and administrative law specialists. The practice advised ABN AMRO Bank and Eurocommercial Properties on the financing of a large shopping mall.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale advised Banca Nazionale del Lavoro as sole arranger and lender of the debt package supporting the creation of Fondo Immobiliare – Comune di Milano I, established to maximise a portfolio of 65 properties owned by the Municipality of Milan.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2011 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale is active on the purchase, sale and finance side of commercial real estate transactions, its team comprised of corporate, finance, tax, and dispute resolution experts, as well as environmental, administrative and town planning law specialists."

Legal 500 EMEA 2010 states that “Norton Rose Studio Legale advises both national and international investors and developers, and is well regarded for its strength in acting on the financing side of purchases of real estate and real estate portfolios.”

Shipping

Chambers Europe 2017: Shipping finance, Band 1

Chambers Europe 2017: “Well-established international firm offering advice on a wide range of shipping finance topics including ship-secured and unsecured loan financing, negotiation of shipbuilding contracts and maritime insurance.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “Specialises in financing backed by export credit agencies and the European Investment Bank. Assisting with cross-border mandates is another key strength.”

Chambers Europe 2017: “For all possible questions we may have on shipping finance, Norton Rose is our first choice. The team are available, precise and don't waste the client's time."

Law firm of the Year, Shipping finance: Legalcommunity Italy 2016

Chambers Europe 2016: Shipping finance, Band 1: “Leading practice covering the full spectrum of shipping finance transactions including structured finance, IPOs and other equity funding. Specialises in financing  backed by export credit agencies and the European Investment Bank.”

Chambers Global 2016: In the area of shipping finance, Norton Rose Fulbright “stands out for its clout in the financial arena ... and offers broad global coverage spanning Europe and Asia. ... absolutely fantastic - the lawyers are experts in their fields."

Chambers Europe 2015: “Adept shipping finance team handling a wide array of matters including secured and unsecured loans, tax-leveraged financing, securitisation and cross-border leasing. Growing presence in export credit agency financings and financings supported by the European Investment Bank. Strong clientele of large international banks.”

Chambers Europe 2014: “Strong track record in shipping finance, acting for many of the leading domestic and international banks. Recently experienced an increase in financial restructurings”.

Chambers Europe 2014: “Provides quick responses and effective solutions”.

Chambers Europe 2013 states that “Traditionally strong in shipping finance, this compact team predominantly assists banks and financial institutions with loans, buying new vessels and debt restructurings. It recently advised the European Investment Bank on a EUR31.2 million loan to Atlantica.”

Chambers Europe 2012 states that “Shipping is an important focus for this global firm and the same is true of its Italian practice. Although not involved in regular shipping transactions, it is highly active in shipping finance matters and has sustained a healthy deal flow despite the challenging economic climate. The group recently advised the European Investment Bank on a EUR150 million financing package provided to Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione for the acquisition of new vessels.”

Chambers Europe 2011 states “Clients praise the quality of the service received, commenting that the group ‘is able to attend to all our needs’.”

Aviation

Chambers Global 2016: In the area of aviation finance, “Norton Rose Fulbright is well positioned all over the world. The service is great…."

Tax

Legal 500 EMEA 2016 - Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked.

Chambers Europe 2014: “[Norton Rose Fulbright] combines domestic tax experts with the resources of a powerful global network. It has particular prowess in acting for multinational clients on changes to international tax legislation”.

Chambers Europe 2014: “The team is punctual, concrete and very close to its clients”.

Chambers Global 2014 states that “The practice combines domestic tax experts with the resources of a powerful global network. It has particular prowess in acting for multinational clients on changes to international tax legislation.”