Awards and accolades

Below is a selection of our rankings, awards and accolades (A – Z practice areas).

Banking and finance

2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Banking and Finance, Borrower Side (Italy): “Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly strong in the energy, infrastructure, shipping (and other transport), real estate, and life sciences and healthcare sectors.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Banking and finance: lender or arranger side (Italy): “Norton Rose Fulbright advises on acquisition, energy and infrastructure, asset, export credit and trade finance as well as debt restructuring, corporate lending (including syndicated lending), real estate, shipping and telecoms finance.”

2018

Chambers Global 2018: Banking and Finance (Global-wide): “Offers expertise on conventional financing matters, with particular strength in major project financings, corporate lending and significant restructurings. Good global presence, with recognized capabilities in the UK and USA, and across continental Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Banking and Finance (Europe-wide): “Handles a broad variety of matters, such as acquisition, asset and project finance. Also highly experienced advisers for debt financing mandates. Frequently acts on cross-border deals for major international banks on matters spanning the energy, infrastructure and TMT sectors. Interviewees praise the firm's international practice, emphasizing that all coordinating activities and internal agreements across the multitude of legal teams were well organized. Clients also appreciate the team's approachability, availability and pragmatic, solution-focused approach.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Banking and Finance, Borrower Side (Italy): “The banking team has a particularly strong standing in the financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, mining, and commodities sectors, but also focuses on transport, technology, life sciences and healthcare-related matters.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Banking and Finance, Lender or Arranger Side (Italy): Sector expertise in financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology, life sciences and healthcare.”

2017

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Banking and Finance, Borrower Side (Italy): “Standout features include energy, infrastructure, aviation and shipping sector expertise.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Banking and Finance, Lender or Arranger Side (Italy): “Stands out for its financing expertise in the energy, infrastructure, aviation and shipping sectors.”

Chambers Europe 2017: Banking and Finance (Italy): “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.”

Corporate, commercial and M&A

2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Commercial, corporate and M&A (Italy): “Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly strong in deals involving the financial institutions, energy, life sciences, real estate and manufacturing sectors. Salvatore Iannitti is an insurance law specialist.”

2018

Chambers Global 2018: Corporate/M&A (Global-wide): “Provides a global corporate offering, with particular expertise in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. Clients say: They really manage to bring the knowledge of local presence and international legal knowledge to the ground. They are good for complex matters and value for money. They have the international set of skills for one-stop shop matters.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Corporate/M&A (Europe-wide): “Extensive corporate and M&A practice with a comprehensive network of offices across Europe … activity across a variety of sectors, with a strong footprint in financial services, energy, infrastructure and healthcare. Regularly advises on mid-market, pan-European M&A transactions, offering clients a full service. Mainly acts for publicly listed and privately owned corporations, banks and insurance companies … Clients are especially impressed by the firm's seamless co-operation on an international level. Typical comments include: The team as a whole functioned effortlessly and effectively across borders, jurisdictions and time zones. Another interviewee remarks: Whenever I have something with an international angle they know how to delegate it. They also co-ordinate their work very well between the offices.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Italy): “The team is noted for deals involving the financial services, energy, real estate, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as food and agribusiness, manufacturing, life sciences and consumer goods.”

2017

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

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Commercial, Corporate and M&A (Italy): “Recommended firm.”

Dispute resolution and litigation

2019

Chambers Europe 2019: Dispute Resolution (Italy): “Recognised Practice”

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Dispute resolution (Italy). “Insurance litigation has been an especially busy area for Norton Rose Fulbright, while administrative, corporate and commercial law are other areas of expertise.”

2018

Chambers Global 2018: Dispute Resolution (Global-wide): “With notable activity across Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, as well as the Americas, the firm is able to assist clients in key jurisdictions around the globe. Regularly handles a broad range of commercial litigation across the energy, natural resources, construction, pharmaceuticals and banking sectors. Also maintains a robust global arbitration practice. Sources appreciate the breadth of coverage the firm offers: They have the network required for this kind of case: whether lawyers, local counsel or consultants, they have the right people at hand. Other sources highlight the strength of its advice and ability to overcome language barriers, saying: They advise us without being too conservative or not conservative enough. They struck the right balance in terms of advice we were looking for, and their English is excellent. I've been quite impressed.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Dispute Resolution (Italy): “Recognized practice.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Dispute Resolution (Italy): “The “highly experienced” Norton Rose Fulbright has a particular focus on dispute resolution related to M&A, finance and insurance, as well as energy, food, life sciences and technology.”

2017

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Dispute Resolution (Italy): “Recommended firm.”

Employment and labour

2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Employment (Italy): Ranked

Legalcommunity Labour Awards 2019: “Best Practice of the Year for Supplementary Agreements to Employment Contracts (Contratti integrativi aziendali)”

2018

Chambers Global 2018: Employment (Global-wide): “Advises clients from the finance and pharmaceutical sectors on employee terminations, immigration law issues and restrictive covenants. Represents clients in boardroom disputes, disciplinary issues, discrimination claims and whistle-blower proceedings. Also advises on industrial relations issues. Clients appreciate the firm's international expertise, saying: They can provide services everywhere in the world, and one of their main strengths is that they have a level of expertise in all subject matters in every jurisdiction. Several clients highlight the firm's commitment to getting to know its clients. One reports that they have an outstanding understanding of our business, have taken the time to get to know us, and obviously the global platform is very appealing.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Employment (Italy): “Other recommended firms – Tier 1.”

Legalcommunity Labour Awards: “Industrial Relations Best Practice of the Year 2018 (Italy)”

Legalcommunity Labour Report 2018, The best in Italy: “Ranked; noted as our key strengths: (1) expertise and practice in all areas of employment law; (2) technical skills, professionalism, timeliness and responsiveness; (3) knowledge and understanding of the market and the company's business; (4) presence and availability of the partners; (5) international network and strong presence in Italy.”

2017

Legalcommunity Labour Report 2017, The Best in Italy: “Ranked; noted as our key strengths: (1) specialization and activities in all matters relating to labour law, (2) technical competence, professionalism and quickness to respond, (3) knowledge of the market and corporate business, (4) international network and presence in Italy, (5) accessibility and availability of partners. Market reputation “Excellent overall for competence, preciseness, knowledge of business and extreme readiness; plus, excellent price-quality ratio.”

Energy

2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Industry focus: Energy (Italy): “Norton Rose Fulbright's energy team has the ability to ‘consider risks and give sound advice’. It has notable recent expertise handling transactions in the energy space.“

Chambers Europe 2019: Energy (Italy): “Experienced team with broad sector expertise across the full range of energy matters. Activity spans oil and gas, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Clients include both Italian and multinational companies seeking assistance with cross-border transactions, project financing, commercial contracts and development. Client roster comprised of developers, export credit agencies and energy companies. Clients state that the lawyers’ approach is a decisive factor in instructing them, as one interviewee notes: “They are our favourite advisers in the energy field because of their ability to couple legal skills and knowledge of the industry in a commercial and pro-transaction manner.”

2018

Legalcommunity Energy Awards 2018: “Project Finance Law Firm of the Year (Italy)”

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.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Energy (Italy): “Experienced team with broad sector expertise across the full range of energy matters. Activity spans oil and gas, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. Clients include both Italian and multinational companies seeking assistance with cross-border transactions, project financing and development. Client roster comprised of developers, export credit agencies and energy companies.”

Chambers Global 2018: Projects & Energy (Global-wide): “Highly rated projects and energy practice assisting clients in a vast array of jurisdictions thanks to its enviable global footprint. Well equipped to advise on oil and gas, power and mining projects in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Has a wealth of expertise in advising clients operating in emerging markets. One client said that "the team has been very homogenized and has always worked in a coherent manner," and went on to praise its "excellent client services, promptness and transparency.” Clients further praise the efficiency of the firm's "internal co-operative network through their offices globally.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Projects and Energy (Europe-wide): “Regularly acts on outbound investments to Africa. Advises lenders, investors and developers on energy matters in renewables, oil and gas and mining, as well as infrastructure projects”. Clients are impressed with the make-up of the team, suggesting it is “well built with team members who are very skilled and have a collaborative approach,” adding: “They have been flexible during our collaboration, also helping us in solving and managing many extra issues.”Further sources also admire the firm's "very co-operative and business-oriented" nature, remarking that the team "tried to resolve problems rather than just raise legal issues.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Industry Focus: Energy (Italy). “Norton Rose Fulbright offers ‘extremely high-quality’ services in energy project financing, grid connection, joint ventures, M&A, emission reduction projects, PPPs, public procurement and regulatory matters in both the oil and gas and renewables sector.”

2017

Energy Team of the Year 2017 (Italy): “Le Fonti Awards”

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Energy (Italy): “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: Energy (Italy): “Experienced team with broad sector expertise across the full range of energy matters. 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. 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. Interviewees highlight the team's good experience, knowledge and strong understanding of the sector.”

Legalcommunity Energy Report 2017, The Best in Italy: 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.”

Food and agribusiness

2018

Chambers Global 2018: Agribusiness (Global-wide): “Well-regarded food and agribusiness practice with a sizeable team of dedicated lawyers. Represents an extensive range of prominent industry clients, including agrichemical producers, food producers, processors, and distributors and manufacturers of farming equipment. Particularly well known for advising on large agrifunds as well as high-stakes M&A and joint venture deals within the industry. Also offers expertise in regulatory matters and investigations concerning food safety. Has global coverage of this sector…One interviewee highlighted the team's efficient and pragmatic approach: "They are just amazing. They are dedicated and provide practical advice - their answers are taken as a given.”

Insurance

2019

Chambers Europe 2019: Insurance (Italy): “Experienced insurance team with expertise spanning regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. Well regarded for issues relating to insurance M&A, policy revision and compliance within the insurance sector. Active in the areas of banking, driving and travel insurance. Highly sought after by international insurers for advice on their Italian assets. Benefits from the strength of the firm's global insurance and reinsurance network. Sources praise the team for being “very responsive to clients’ needs and agile in their negotiations.” Interviewees further underline: “The partners are reliable and always available.”

Legalcommunity Corporate Awards 2019: “Insurance Law Firm of the Year (Italy)”

2018

Chambers Europe: “Band 1 in Insurance year-on-year since 2014.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Insurance (Italy): “Market-leading insurance team with expertise spanning regulatory, corporate and litigation matters. Well regarded for handling issues relating to insurance M&A, policy drafting, competition and compliance within the insurance sector. Highly sought after by international insurers for advice on their Italian assets, as well as Italian clients looking to invest abroad. Benefits from the strength of the firm's global insurance and reinsurance group. According to interviewees, the team members stand out for their knowledge of the law and client-oriented approach.”

Chambers Global 2018: Insurance (Global-wide): “Maintains a strong global presence in the insurance market. Notable practices in the UK, Italy, Australia and Singapore. On the disputes side, the firm has particular expertise in the marine, energy and aviation sectors, along with advising on cyber, technology and IP claims. The corporate team advises on all aspects of life, non-life and Lloyd's market transactions. Also handles company restructuring and regulatory matters. One source comments on the firm's wide capabilities, saying: They are very well known in different fields and instructed in international cases. A client says: Norton Rose Fulbright did an outstanding job - they have established a practice that is capable of handling very complex transactions with a very commercial approach.”

2017

Chambers Europe 2017: Insurance (Italy): “Market-leading insurance team with expertise spanning regulatory, corporate and litigious matters. Well regarded for handling issues relating to insurance M&A, policy drafting, competition and compliance within the insurance sector. Highly sought after by international insurers … for advice on their Italian assets, as well as Italian clients looking to invest abroad … strong insurance practice … quality of the firm's work is very high.”

Project finance

2019

Chambers Europe 2019: Project Finance (Italy): “Advises a wide client roster, including foreign and domestic banks and project developers, on banking and finance transactions across a range of areas including project, energy and infrastructure finance. Well placed to offer support in cross-border mandates, with recent activity involving Mexico and South Africa. Particularly active in recourse financings. The team is reported to be “very proactive with its clients.” Other sources appreciate that the group “has the ability to manage a wide range of issues related to project finance.”

2018

Chambers Europe: Project finance (Italy): “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. Well placed to offer support in cross-border mandates, with recent activity involving Mexico and South Africa. Strengths Sources commend the depth of knowledge and problem approach. They offer 360-degree support and are good team players. Further interviewees confirm the team's "ability to provide excellent client service" and describe it as "extremely knowledgeable and connected to the market.”

2017

Chambers Europe 2017: Project finance (Italy): “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. 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.”

Real estate

2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019: Real estate and construction (Italy). Ranked

2018

Legal 500 EMEA 2018: Real estate and construction (Italy): “Other recommended firms – Tier 1”

2017

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Real estate (Italy): “Recommended firm.”

Shipping

2019

Chambers Europe 2019: Shipping finance (Italy): “Well-established international firm offering advice on a wide range of shipping finance topics including ship-secured and unsecured loan financing and the negotiation of shipbuilding contracts. Specialises in financing backed by export credit agencies and the European Investment Bank. Also offers advice to shipping clients on financial products, debt restructuring and cross-border leasing. Sources are quick to acknowledge the department as “a very strong team.” Clients highlight the customer-oriented service as one of the group's strong points, commenting that the lawyers are “very keen to meet clients’ expectations.”

2018

Legalcommunity Finance Awards: “Shipping Finance Law Firm of the Year 2018 (Italy).”

Chambers Europe 2018: Shipping finance (Italy): “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. Specializes in financing backed by export credit agencies and the European Investment Bank. Also offers advice to shipping clients on financial products and cross-border leasing.”

Chambers Global 2018: Shipping finance (Global-wide): Band 1. “Outstanding shipping practice with a significant global presence across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Has an impressive ship finance practice, as well as notable contentious capabilities covering a wide range of disputes. Clients include owners, operators, insurers, financial institutions and insurers from across the globe. The firm is recognized for its strength in the ship finance sector, with sources commenting that they have very good ship finance lawyers and a fantastic global presence on the finance side.”

2017

Chambers Europe 2017: Shipping finance (Italy): Band 1. “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. Specializes in financing backed by export credit agencies and the European Investment Bank. Assisting with cross-border mandates is another key strength. 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.”

Restructuring and insolvency

2019

Chambers Europe 2019: Restructuring and Insolvency (Italy): “Assists clients from a wide range of industry sectors with a particular emphasis on shipping. Benefits from an extensive global network enabling it to provide advice on cross-border matters. Advises on lender liability, loan restructuring and insolvency proceedings as well as the sale and acquisition of distressed assets and loan portfolios.”

2018

Chambers Europe 2018: Restructuring and insolvency (Italy): “Assists clients from a wide range of industry sectors including shipping. Benefits from an extensive global network enabling it to provide advice on cross-border matters. Advises on lender liability, loan restructuring and insolvency proceedings.”

Chambers Europe 2018: Restructuring and insolvency (Europe wide): “Noted Firm.”

2017

Legal 500 EMEA 2017: Restructuring and insolvency (Italy): “Acts for banks and sponsors on restructurings, including in-court restructurings and pre-insolvency matters, with notable experience in distressed LBOs.”

Chambers Europe 2017: Restructuring and insolvency (Italy): “Assists clients from a wide range of industry sectors including shipping, real estate, aviation and transport. Benefits from an extensive global network enabling it to provide seamless advice on cross-border matters. Complements its skill in this area with expertise in litigation and finance. 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. 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.”