Ashurst wins Energy Law Firm of the Year at TopLegal Awards

20 November 2012

Ashurst has been awarded 'Energy Law Firm of the Year' at TopLegal awards 2012, held on Monday 19 November in Milan. The team won the award in recognition of its work advising F2i and Axa Private Equity on the €2.2 billion financing of the acquisition of Gaz De France's gas distribution grid in Italy and on the refinancing of the previous acquisitions of Enel and E.On's gas grids. This deal established the second largest gas distribution network in Italy and was led by partner Carloandrea Meacci.

Ashurst Italy was also shortlisted as Best Law Firm of the Year and Law firm of the Year in the restructuring, finance and energy fields. Franco Vigliano was shortlisted as Managing/Senior Partner of the Year, Francesco De Gennaro as Restructuring Lawyer of the Year, Carloandrea Meacci as Energy Lawyer of the Year and Paola Flora as Female Professional of the Year.

Managing Partner Franco Vigliano commented: "Winning this award as well as successfully making the shortlist in so many other categories demonstrates the great work the Italian team has been involved with despite the economic downturn."

Commenting on the award, Ashurst's energy partner Carloandrea Meacci who led the team on the deal added: "This is a milestone deal in terms of deal value, clients advised and market sector, which reflects the breadth and depth of our energy practice. The practice has expanded its offering from renewables and conventional energy to more innovative products such as gas distribution.

One of the most successful elements of this project was the speed at which the team managed the complex finance documents, allowing the clients to lock-in the key terms of the financing before the financial markets materially deteriorated during the summer of 2011."

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