Elvezio Santarelli



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Elvezio is a Partner in the Disputes Resolution department of Watson Farley & Williams in Rome. 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 acted in many cases.

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 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

    • Representing a group of international investors before ICSID international arbitration chamber in an international arbitration aimed to demand refund of damages consequent to the violation of the Energy Charter Treaty occurred through the implementation of the Italian law decree.
    • Representing 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.
    • Representing 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.
    • Representing the Dutch fund Ampere in a dispute against a Spanish EPC Contractor related to the respective obligation in the realization of a photovoltaic group of plants in Italy.
    • Advising the Trinergy Group on its €112 million acquisition of the 250 MW IVPC 2000 and IVPC 6 wind farm projects in Italy and related €130 million acquisition financing arrangements and the €170 million IVPC 2000 and €120 million IVPC 6 project financing arrangements.
    • Advising Sorgenia S.p.A., one of the major Italian energy producers, on the implementation of investments in the wind sector.
    • Advising Jiangsu Zongyi Co. Ltd., creditor, on the insolvency proceedings of Aion Renewables (former Kerself) and Ecoware, specializing in the construction of PV plants.
    • Advising 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.
    • Advising 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.
    • Advising 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.
    • Advising 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.
    • Advising 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.
    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

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Academy of America and International law, Dallas, US
  • European Lawyers Association. London, UK
  • Italian Bar Association, Rome, Italy

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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