Elvezio Santarelli



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Elvezio is a Partner in the Litigation department in the Rome office of Watson Farley & Williams. He specialises in national and international arbitration and litigation relating to energy and infrastructure matters, as well as project work and environmental, administrative, real estate and employment issues.

Elvezio is authorised to represent clients before International arbitration chambers (ICC, CAM, ICSID and TC) and Italian Courts (First Instance Courts, Court of Appeal, High Court, TAR and Supreme Administrative Court) and has taken part in manifold litigation.

He is also an Arbitrator at the National and International Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (“CAM”).

Elvezio graduated in 1995 with a Law Degree from the University of Rome and has an LL.M. Degree in International Litigation and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego, California (2003). He also obtained a Master’s Degree in European Studies at the European Institute Alcide De Gasperi in Rome in 1996, the Business English Law Award at the College of Law in London in 1998, and a diploma in US Commercial Law at the American Academy of American and International Law of Dallas in 2001. Between 1998 and 2005, Elvezio worked at a major American law firm both in Rome and San Diego office before joining Watson Farley & Williams.

Elvezio appears as a recommended individual for Energy in Legal 500 Europe 2013 as a result of his broad expertise in the construction, operation and maintenance of energy projects gained in a large number of high-profile transactions.

Experience Open

    Elvezio’s relevant experience includes advising:
    • Belenergia, a Luxembourg company producing solar energy plants in Italy and one of the top players in the renewable energy sector, in an international arbitration proceedings before ICSID Arbitration Chamber in Washington/Paris to restore the damages arising out of the breach of the Energy Charter Treaty by the Italian State as consequence of the implementation of Decree law imposing a retroactive legislation cutting the feed-in-tariff regime. This is the first arbitration case concerning the “Spalma Incentivi” decree in Italy.
    • A group of international investors before administrative Italian courts in an international arbitration aimed to demand nullification of the decree consequent to the violation of the Energy Charter Treaty occurred through the implementation of the Italian law decree.
    • Zongyi Chinese Group, in an international arbitration before the Milan Arbitration Chamber against an Italian EPC Contractor for alleged breaches of the EPC contract related to the construction of a large photovoltaic plant.
    • The French/Lebanese group Gamma Solar against an EPC Contractor before the Milan Arbitration Chamber for the assumed violation of the EPC Contract related to the construction of a photovoltaic plant in Italy.
    • Ampere Equity Fund BV, a Dutch fund, on an international arbitration before ICC against a Spanish EPC constructor of PV plants.
    • The Trinergy Group on its €112m acquisition of the 250 MW IVPC 2000 and IVPC 6 wind farm projects in Italy and related €130 million acquisition financing arrangements and the €170m IVPC 2000 and €120m IVPC 6 project financing arrangements.
    • Sorgenia S.p.A., one of the major Italian energy producers, on the implementation of investments in the wind sector.
    • Jiangsu Zongyi Co. Ltd., creditor, on the insolvency proceedings of Aion Renewables (former Kerself) and Ecoware, specialising in the construction of PV plants.
    • The Trinergy Group on the lease of two wind farm projects to two limited liability partnerships promoted by Matrix-Securities Limited and all related financing arrangements.
    • Winch Energy on an international arbitration procedure against a Spanish EPC constructor in relation to the violation of a framework agreement triggered by the delays in the delivery of the plants.
    • Scientia Solar, an Irish fund involved in the renewable energy sector, for which Elvezio has been involved in several transactions for the implementation of their investment in the solar sector in Italy.
    • Sig Solar GmbH, a German EPC company well-known in the solar sector for its construction and investment activities in Germany, Spain, China and Italy.
    • 333 Solar on the litigation procedures concerning several PV plants (with a total capacity of approximately 5 MW) located in Italy with reference to EPC and O&M contracts.
    • The Japanese Group Mild Seven in relation to their litigation in Italy related to their sponsorship with the Formula 1 races in Italy.
    • Tiffany & Co., in relation to their administrative litigation in Italy inherent their assumed unlawful permission to implement their sale points in Italy.
    • Sun Hotels, the major South African Hotels Company in relation to an International Litigation related to a financing concerning a real estate project to be realized among Switzerland and Italy.
    • The major Italian transportation company Maggiore S.p.A. in relation to the violation of the trade mark.
    • Mattel Inc. (USA/Italy) in relation to the labour litigation related to the collective dismissals implemented in Italy as consequence of a transfer of the company’s major assets.
    • Evergreen BV, a major Taiwanese Group, in several litigations in Italy related to the acquisition of the Italian transportation group Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione S.p.A.
    • The Italian transportation group Lloyd Triestino di Navigazione in several litigation in Italy related to their activities and labour matters.
    Elvezio also has experience in labour matters, in particular he has been involved in:
    • Legal advice for major international companies in employment law with reference to acquisition process, due diligence and transfer of employees.
    • Legal advice in labour matters concerning high level managers of multinational companies.
    • Legal advice in dealing with union organization during transfer of on-going business, collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
    • Legal advice in the transfer of employees through several jurisdictions.
    • Individual and collective dismissal procedures.

Education Open

  • 2002 – 2003: University of San Diego, California (USA) – LLM in International and Comparative Law
  • 2001: Academy of American and International Law (Dallas, USA) –Diploma in US Commercial Law
  • 1998: College of Law (London, UK) – Diploma in Business Law
  • 1996: Istituto Alcide De Gasperi (Rome, Italy) – Master in European Studies with distinction
  • 1995: University of Rome (Italy), Department of International Law – Degree in Law (J.D.)

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lecturing at Master in International Business Lawyer – Midiform (Rome and Milan);
  • Lecturing at First Executive Executive Master in “Contracts and International Arbitration” – Business School, Il Sole 24 Ore.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Arbitrator at the National and International Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (“CAM”) – 2016
  • Academy of America and International law, Dallas, US – 2001
  • European Lawyers Association. London, UK – 1998
  • Italian Bar Association, Rome, Italy – 1997

Employment Record Open

  • 2008 – present: Watson Farley & Williams, Partner
  • 2005 – 2008: Watson Farley & Williams, Senior Associate
  • 1999 – 2005: Baker & McKenzie, Senior Associate
  • 1998 – 1999: Lovells, Associate
  • 1994 – 1998: Studio Legale Armati & Partners, Associate

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