Stefano Maria Zappalà


Stefano Zappala


T:+39 02 8635 941

F:+39 02 8635 94 44

Stefano Maria Zappalà is a projects lawyer based in Milan. He focuses on project finance and PPP transactions and has acted for both lenders and borrowers.

Stefano has extensive experience of transactions in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources and real estate sectors, including urban regeneration projects. He has a background in mergers and acquisitions, having acted for domestic and international companies.

Stefano read summa cum laude at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” in 1987 and has been registered with the Bar of Rome since 1990. He attended several academic specialisation courses, both in Italy and abroad and he worked for almost two years in the United States (New York City).

He is a native Italian speaker and he also fluent in English.

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  • Admissions
    Avvocato, qualified in Italy
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Europe 2014 - Banking and finance
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà is highlighted for his long-standing project finance expertise. He recently advised Cassa Depositi e Prestiti on a EUR39.8 million loan agreement with Acsm-Agam Reti Gas Acqua for the development of gas distribution networks”.
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Banking and finance
      Stefano Zappalà is recommended.
    • Chambers Global 2014
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà is highlighted for his long-standing project finance expertise.”
    • Stefano Maria Zappalà received the 2013 ILICA (Italian Language InterCultural Alliance) award for excellence in business and life.
    • Chambers Europe 2013 - Banking & Finance: Projects
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà focuses on administrative law and projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He also often advises government entities.”

    • Legal 500 EMEA 2013 - Banking
      Stefano Zappalà is ‘recommended’ ...  Zappalà ‘takes clear positions on complex issues’.
    • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2012 - Banking and finance
      “Rome-based Stefano Maria Zappalà is valued for ‘putting himself in the client's shoes’.”
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2012 - Banking and finance
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà advises on project finance.”
    • Chambers Europe 2011 - Banking and finance
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà attracts praise for his project finance expertise.”
    • Chambers Global 2011 - Banking and finance
      “Stefano Maria Zappalà is … identified by clients as ‘a real stand-out’ in the field of project finance.”
    • Legal 500 EMEA 2009 - Banking and finance
      “Project finance expert Stefano Zappalà advised on a €135m highway financing for lead arranger Unicredit Corporate Banking.”
    • IFLR 2008 - Banking and finance
      “Stefano Zappalà joined the firm in August 2006, boosting the firm’s project finance capabilities. Described as “a very, very good lawyer” by one peer, Zappalà is advising the sponsors of a 93MW wind farm in Calabria.”
  • Memberships and activities
    • Stefano is a member of the organising committee of the Conference of Energy Law, sponsored by the Gestore Servizi Energetici S.p.A. (the Italian State-owned entity managing the incentives allowed to renewable energy sources) and the University of Rome Tre. He is also a member of the Large Firms Committee at the Bar of Rome.
    • Stefano gives lectures, holds seminars and speaks at conferences and post graduate courses, such as those held at Università di Tor Vergata.
    • Stefano is co-author of a book on PPP, La Partnership Pubblico-Privato, Il Sole 24Ore, Collana Edilizia e Territorio, ed. 2006, and is a co-author of an article on the Italian project finance industry, published by the Bari Chamber of Commerce review, following his speech at the Fiera del Levante in 2004.