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Francesco Novelli

Senior Independent Counsel

Francesco Novelli is Senior Independent Counsel and works in the Rome office, where he coordinates the team focused on Energy and operating within the Corporate, Finance, Project & Restructuring and Regulatory departments.

With over 40 years of experience, Francesco assists corporate clients and financial institutions and has an extraordinary knowledge of project financing, with particular reference to the energy and infrastructure sectors. He also provides assistance to clients in relation to complex acquisition finance, leveraged buyout, export credit, corporate restructuring and M&A transactions.

Professional QualificationsAvvocato admitted to the Rome Bar
  • Italian
  • English
  • University of Rome La Sapienza, Law degree


Francesco is ranked by Chambers Global and Europe as "eminent practitioner" for his project and energy work. Francesco is also mentioned as leading individual by The Legal 500 EMEA in the energy area.

Insight Overview

Francesco is often invited to speak at conferences and seminars on energy and project financing topics, in Italy and abroad.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Francesco worked for leading international magic circle firms and also domestic firms that he co-founded and helped to develop.

Scientific Activity

Francesco is a lecturer at a post degree master at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rome "La Sapienza".