Arturo Sferruzza is a banking and projects lawyer based in Milan where he is head of the Italian banking and energy teams.
Arturo's practice covers project finance (energy and infrastructure), export credit and international trade finance and shipping finance. His clients include leading Italian and international banks and financial institutions and his experience covers a broad range of domestic and international deals. In recent years he has been particularly active in advising on the development and financing of renewable energy and infrastructure projects both in Italy and abroad.
Arturo joined our practice in the London office (Projects Group) in 2000 and transferred full time to Milan in September 2003. He became a partner in 2006.
Arturo read law summa cum laude at the Università di Palermo. He also obtained a masters degree (LLM) from the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, in 2000. He is qualified in Italy and the UK (Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales).
He is a native Italian speaker and he is fluent in English.
- Avvocato, qualified in Italy
- Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
Rankings and recognitions
Legalcommunity Energy Report 2018, The best in Italy: Ranked; noted as our key strengths: "(1) industry specific know how in energy, (2) understands the market and the commercial business, (3) partners are present, available and easy to reach, (4) multidisciplinary team regularly instructed on Italian and cross-border mandates (5) international network and consolidated presence in Italy and (6) good value for money". Client comments included: È un professionista molto intelligente e proattivo, con una profonda conoscenza dei requisiti legali delle procedure di project finance. [Translation: "Proactive and clever. He has a deep knowledge of project finance procedures."]
Chambers Europe 2017 – Project Finance and Energy: Clients appreciate Arturo Sferruzza's ability to be "very commercial and creative in overcoming obstacles." As head of department, he handles a range of matters from financing to energy trading and M&A. He is regularly instructed on Italian and cross-border mandates. He 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 Global 2017 – Projects: 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 Global 2017 – Projects (Italy): 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
“Specialises in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients appreciate his “high level of experience and ability to always ensure consistent quality.”
- Chambers Europe 2016 – Energy
“Arturo Sferruzza has considerable experience in energy and infrastructure project finance. Of late he has been particularly dedicated to the renewables sector.”
- Chambers Global 2016 – Banking and finance (Italy)
“Arturo Sferruzza specialises in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Clients appreciate his high level of experience and ability to always ensure consistent quality.”
- Chambers Global 2016 – Banking and finance (Europe wide)
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.”
- Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Leading individual – Banking and finance
- Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Energy
“Norton Rose Fulbright’s Milan-based Arturo Sferruzza specialises in energy and infrastructure sector financings.”
- Project Finance Lawyer of the Year
Legal Community Energy Awards 2015
- Chambers Europe 2014 - Banking and finance
“Arturo Sferruzza's practice includes project finance, export credit and international trade finance, with numerous clients in the financial sector”.
- Chambers Europe 2014 - Energy
“Arturo Sferruzza is highly regarded for his work in the renewable energy sector. In a recent example, he acted for Banca IMI on a EUR22.08 million financing for the construction of four biogas-vegetable waste plants”.
- Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Banking and finance
Arturo Sferruzza is recommended.
- Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Energy
“Milan-based head of banking and energy Arturo Sferruzza has ‘a problem-solving attitude’, which clients appreciate.”
- Chambers Global 2014 (Energy)
“Highly regarded for his work in the renewable energy sector.”
- Best Project Finance Lawyer in Italy
Legal Community Italia Awards 2013
Chambers Europe 2013 (Banking & Finance: Projects and Energy)
“Department head Arturo Sferruzza remains a well-known figure in project finance, especially in matters relating to the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is also experienced in international trade finance and shipping finance. Arturo Sferruzza heads the practice and is praised for his strong approach to business relationships. He recently advised a number of financial institutions on complex project finance transactions.”
- Legal 500 EMEA 2013 (Banking)
Arturo Sferruzza is “recommended”.
- Chambers Europe 2012 (Energy)
“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. … Arturo Sferruzza leads the energy practice and peers describe him as a ‘good infrastructure lawyer2. … He acted as lead counsel advising Centrobanca on its capacity as mandated lead arranger of the financing of a rooftop solar project by Contour Global.”
- Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2012 (Banking and finance)
“Arturo Sferruzza is widely known for his expertise in project finance and international trade finance. His clients appreciate his ‘committed and straightforward attitude’.”
- Legal 500 2012 (Banking and finance)
"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. Arturo Sferruzza in Milan is noted for project and export credit finance …”
- Legal 500 2012 (Energy)
“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. Arturo Sferruzza leads the team.”
- Legal 500 2011 (Banking and finance)
Arturo Sferruzza is “recommended.”
- Chambers Europe 2011 (Banking and finance)
“Sources praise Arturo Sferruzza for his ‘tremendous’ project finance work over the last year.”
- Legal 500 EMEA 2011 (Energy)
Arturo Sferruzza is “‘always up-to-date with the latest developments of the energy field”
- Chambers Europe 2010 (Banking and finance)
“Head of practice Arturo Sferruzza is ‘always well prepared and up-to-speed about the business at hand’. He leads the team’s market expansion into renewable energy and construction projects.
- Chambers Global 2009 (Banking and finance)
Arturo Sferruzza is a “‘extremely talented and dynamic’ project finance specialist.”
- Legal 500 2009 (Banking and finance)
“Arturo Sferruzza is recommended.”
- Chambers Global 2008 (Banking and finance)
“Projects lawyer Arturo Sferruzza is well-liked by clients for his “smooth and no-time-wasting style.” He is dual-qualified in Italy and England, and his expertise extends to PFI/PPP and asset finance.”
- Legal 500 2008 (Banking and finance)
“Peers … admire the work of the “extremely talented and dynamic” project finance specialist, Arturo Sferruzza, who recently assisted BayernLB with a EUR420 million real estate financing.”
Memberships and activities
Arturo is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and training workshops on topics related to project finance and renewable energy. He is an active member of Grid Parity Project Italia and he is a published author on a wide range of legal topics, including the chapter on Italy in City and Financial’s “Guide to European PPP” (2009 edition).
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