Elvezio Santarelli



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Elvezio Santarelli is a Partner in the Litigation department in Italy.

Elvezio 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 was recognised as “Lawyer of the Year – Arbitration” at Legalcommunity Energy Awards 2019. He also appears as a recommended individual for Energy in Legal 500 Europe 2013 as a result of his broad expertise in the litigation, construction, operation and maintenance of energy projects gained in a large number of high-profile transactions. Under his guide, the Italian Litigation and Arbitration Department has been also mentioned in prestigious international legal directories such as Chambers & Partners Global and Europe, and the Global Arbitration Review – GAR100.

Experience Open

    • Representing Ampere Equity Fund BV, a Dutch fund, in an international arbitration before the International Arbitration Chamber (“ICC”) against an Italian partner in relation to the construction of photovoltaic plants.
    • Representing Jiangsu Zongyi Co., Ltd, a stock exchanged listed Chinese investment company, on international arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Milan against an Italian constructor company, in relation to several breaches of a construction agreement related to renewables plants.
    • Representing 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.
    • Representing 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. (Link to press release here).

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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