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Firm Profile

Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Via S Barnaba 30
  • Milan
  • Lombardy
  • Italy
  • 20122

Firm profile submitted by Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti e Associati

Chairman: Riccardo Villata
Managing Partner: Andreina Degli Esposti
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: English, French and Spanish

The firm was originally founded in 1999 with the merger of the studios of Avv. Prof. Riccardo Villata and Avv. Andreina Degli Esposti. Since then it has expanded its premises and now has an office in Rome. As one of Italy’s leading public law firms, it provides specialist advice to both public and private clients in all the practice areas relating to administrative law, from infrastructure and oil and gas projects to public utilities and environmental law. Having offered legal counsel in areas of such variety over the years, the firm prides itself on its extensive judicial and extrajudicial experience, which has enabled it to become a key consultancy structure in the current legal framework. In order to concentrate on the ever-strengthening relationship between the administrative and civil law sectors the firm collaborates with large multinational companies, specialising particularly in corporate and financial law. One of the firm’s key strengths is its ability to develop its practice continually so as to always be up to date with the constantly evolving legal system. Meanwhile, a dynamic structure means the firm’s lawyers, situated in Milan, Rome and Bologna, are able to satisfy the needs of every client quickly and efficiently.

The firm advises a large number of international, commercial, financial and industrial clients in all areas of public law, in both extrajudicial and judicial matters. Specifically, the firm specialises in:

The firm’s partners regularly represent clients before the Administrative, Civil and Criminal Courts in all matters pertaining to the areas of expertise listed below. They also have an extensive experience in procedures before the Italian Court of Audit. By virtue of its excellent litigation practice, the firm has also built a strong expertise in non-contentious matters across all areas of public law.

Public Tenders:
The practice offers advice on public tenders and represents clients in litigation proceedings, both before the administrative courts in relation to tenders and award provisions, as well as before ordinary courts in tender contract disputes.

Public Utilities:
The firm’s partners are widely recognised as the leading Italian experts in public utilities. The firm provides clients with (i) influential opinions and advice; (ii) litigation expertise; and (iii) assistance with the structuring, documentation and completion of complex transactions.

The firm primarily assists the principal Italian companies in the energy sector with the following matters: exploration; production; storage and distribution of natural gas; power generation (including renewable sources, cogeneration and waste-to-energy) and distribution; and the storage and distribution of oil.

Oil & Gas:
The firm assists major companies operating in the Italian oil and gas sectors with (i) the regulation process under Italian Authorities, (ii) the acquisition of concessions and administrative permits, and (iii) litigation. Infrastructure: In this sector, the firm represents clients in tender procedures or in the implementation of public contracts.

The firm boasts a comprehensive and experienced practice in both the remediation and waste sectors, along with an exceptional legal service in criminal law, litigations (before Administrative or Civil Courts) and the structuring of complex transactions – a combination of expertise that is unrivalled in Italy.

Malls & Stores:
The firm has an extensive practice covering litigations and transactions with local public bodies (municipalities and regional governments) in this sector.

Privatisation & Public Enterprises (listed or otherwise):
The firm has developed widespread expertise in privatisation (it is currently involved in the major ongoing privatisation cases in Italy), financial transactions with public bodies and M&A in public enterprise sector.

Criminal Trials:
The firm has assisted clients before Criminal Courts in matters relating to administrative affairs. The firm also has a wealth of experience having offered expert advice in matters such as building regulations, town planning, mergers and acquisitions, independent authorities, regulations of industrial sites, project financing and arbitration.


  • Via G Caccini, 1 ,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • 00198
  • Tel +39 06 48 90 67 66
  • Fax +39 06 47 82 16 84
  • Email : [email protected]
  • (supporting unit) Galleria Marconi, 1,
  • Bologna,
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Italy
  • (40121)
  • Tel +39 051 23 11 56
  • Fax +39 051 04 20 457
  • Email : [email protected]