Eugenio Tranchino



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Eugenio is the founder and current Head of the Italian offices of Watson Farley & Williams. He specialises in corporate work, acquisition finance, project finance and restructuring, with particular emphasis on infrastructure and renewable energy projects in Italy and Europe.

Eugenio has an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Rome as well as an LL.M. in European Business Law from the University of Paris and is admitted to both the Italian and French Bars. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French in addition to his native Italian.

Eugenio is ranked in Chambers Global 2015 (Corporate and M&A, Foreign Expert for France) and Chambers Europe 2015 (Energy, Band 2) with sources describing him as a “great and commercially minded lawyer”.


Experience Open

    • Solea AG, quality leader of the construction of photovoltaic power plants, in the negotiation and drafting of the contractual documentation in relation to the construction and the maintenance of a solar power plant with a total capacity of 6,24 MW situated near Swansea (UK).
    • Humphrey Julian Nokes on the acquisition of a 35,33% shareholding in PRINCIPIA S.G.R. – Società di gestione del risparmio S.p.A., from MAZ&COS Venture S.r.l..
    • Sound Oil on a €7 million reserve-based lending facility for developing its Nervesa gas discovery, in onshore northeastern Italy.
    • Capital Stage AG on a refinancing facility worth up to €23 million from Bayerische Landesbank, a primary German public law credit institution.
    • A group of over 50 Italian and foreign companies active in the solar energy sector before the European Commission, following the approval of Art. 26 of Law Decree 91/2014 by the Italian government.
    • Century Asset Management LLP and Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Ltd. (two private equity funds investing in the infrastructure sector in Europe) as well as LDK Solar Europe Holding SA (a leading manufacturer and supplier of PV products) on the legal due diligence process and on the building and project financing of a 20 MW portfolio of rooftop PV plants.
    • Greentech Energy Systems A/S, a Danish renewable energy company with more than €1 billion of assets listed on the Copenhagen Nasdaq OMX, on the establishment of a joint venture with Foresight Group relating to various PV projects in the USA.
    • Greentech Energy Systems A/S on the acquisition of the PV projects owned by Solar Utility (a subsidiary of Pirelli Ambiente) and on a joint venture agreement to develop 100 MW.
    • Greentech Energy Systems A/S on the project financing of a 24 MW wind farm located in the Region of Sardinia, Italy.
    • Impax Asset Management Group Plc, a UK private equity fund, on the acquisition of a 10 MW PV portfolio in Southern Italy.
    • Capital Stage on the acquisition from Interenergia Quattro S.r.l. of five ground-mounted operating PV plants located in Central Italy, with a total capacity of approximately 5 MW.
    • Capital Stage on the acquisition, from Ceif Società Cooperativa, of two PV plants of a total capacity of approximately 4.6 MW, situated in Polesine Parmense, Central Italy.
    • First Solar GmbH, a leading US PV manufacturer, on the Italian aspects of a joint venture for the building of 120 MW PV projects in Italy.
    • Winch Energy in Italy in relation to the sale to Ampere Equity Fund of a majority stake in a 9.7 MW portfolio of PV projects in Southern Italy.
    • Global Power Sources S.r.l. on the acquisition of its 100% stake in Ascent Resources Italia S.r.l. from Ascent Resources Plc.
    • LiteOn Green Technologies BV, a renewable energy company belonging to the Taiwanese Lite-On Group, on the sale of 100% stake in Lite-On Green Technologies S.r.l., owner of ten operating PV plants located in the Region of Veneto (Northeastern Italy), to the international investment fund Partners Group for more than €30 million.
    • LiteOn Green Technologies BV on the purchase from AIEM S.r.l. of PV projects having an aggregate capacity of 10 MW located in Northern Italy.

Education Open

  • 1998-1999: Regional Centre for the Professional Training of Lawyers, Centre Régional de Formation Professionnelle des Avocats – CRFPA, Attendance of the Preparatory School to the Paris Bar, Ecole Preparatoire à l’éxamen d’Avocat – EPEA
  • 1998-1999: University of Paris (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne), LLM in European Business Law
  • 1997-1998: University of Rome (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), LLM in International Tax Law
  • 1997: University of Rome (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), Degree in Law (J.D.) with honours
  • 1995: University of Paris (Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne): Erasmus Scholarship, French Civil Law, International Law, Macro/Micro Economics

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • “Investing in Belarus: Risks and Opportunities and prospects for Italy” panel discussion, Italian-Belarusian Forum, 24 March 2017, Belarus
  • Solar Dealing Conference on the secondary market of renewables
  • “Speech on the renewable energy legal framework”
  • Solarpraxis – PV Power Plants – EU 2013
  • “Project financing and leasing structures for Polish PV Investments taking into account Italian/Spain/French experience ”
  • Solarpraxis – Conferenza dell’Industria Solare, Italia 2012
  • “Project financing and leasing of photovoltaic plants in Italy. Structured finance schemes in relation to existing plants”
  • Lecturing at Il Sole 24 Ore Training School, the University of Rome (Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza), Midiform Business School, the Italian Association for the United Nations – UNA Italy and LUISS Guido Carlo University
  • Speech on “L’attrattività del mercato Italiano dopo lo Spalma-Incentivi” and on “Ottimizzazioni della gestione: le aspettative degli investitori”  at Asset Management Day Italy, organized by RenDays, May 2015

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • International Nuclear Lawyers Association
  • Law Society, United Kingdom – Entered into the Register of Foreign Lawyers
  • International Lawyers Association
  • Italian Bar Association of Rome, Italy
  • Qualified as Italian Lawyer

Employment Record Open

  • 2002-present: Watson Farley & Williams (Rome and Milan), Head of Italy
  • 2001-2002: Studio Legale Carnelutti (Milan), Senior Associate and Head of the Energy Department
  • 2000-2001: Baker & McKenzie (Milan/Rome), Associate
  • 1999-2000: Lovells (formerly Lovell White Durrant, Paris), Associate
  • 1996-1997: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome), Department of Legal Services, Legal Adviser
  • 1996: IHC Inc (New York and Sacramento), In House Counsel

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