Furio Samela



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Furio Samela

Summary Open

Furio is a Partner in the Watson Farley & Williams Asset Finance group. He specialises in shipping with an emphasis on financial transactions, loan agreements, security packages, derivatives, restructuring and insolvency, workout, as well as arrest of vessels and enforcement of securities. His experience also includes handling disputes and claims relating to all types of charterparties and bills of lading as well as insurance policy disputes.

Over the years, Furio’s department has turned into one of the most significant Italian players in the field, representing major shipowners as well as advising financial and insurance institutions in the Italian and international market.

Furio is regularly ranked in top tier position for Shipping Finance in major domestic and international legal directories among which Chambers Global and Europe that recognised him in Band 1 for Shipping Finance from 2014, in addition to his deep knowledge in Restructuring and Insolvency field.

Education Open

  • 2002: Qualified as Italian Lawyer
  • 2000: European Law Course, organised by the Italian Association of European Lawyers
  • 1998 – 2000: Attendance at the course in Civil Administrative and Criminal Law held by Prof. Rocco Galli.
  • 1998: Under graduate Degree in Law magna cum laude, University of Rome
  • 1997: University of Mainz – Germany German civil and banking law

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Furio regularly attends major shipping industry events as speaker, among which “Shipping and the Law” annually organised by Studio Legale Lauro.
  • “Lawyer of the year Shipping Finance” – Legalcommunity 2016


Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Member of AIDM – the Italian association of maritime law
  • Member of ANCANAP, the Italian private shipyards association

Employment Record Open

  • November 2007 – present: Watson Farley & Williams (Rome Office) Partner, Finance
  • May 2006 – October 2007: Simmons and Simmons (Rome Office), Senior Associate
  • March 2005 – April 2006: Birra Peroni S.p.A. (SAB Miller Group), Legal Supervisor
  • October 2002 – February 2005: Watson Farley & Williams, Rome, Senior Associate
  • September 2001 – December 2001: Secondment at Nabarro Nathanson, (London Office – Corporate Department )
  • May 2000 – September 2002: Carnelutti, Rome
  • 1998: Pettinato & Associati, Rome

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