He has been involved since the Nineties in the liberalisation of the Energy Sector in Italy, representing Italian and foreign utilities in developing and financing combined cycle power plants and waste-to-energy plants. In the last fifteen years, he concentrated on renewable energies acting as counsel in connection with development of new wind and photovoltaic initiatives, negotiating IPC and O&M contracts and financing energy projects, particularly as sponsor’s counsel. His areas of practice also include financial and corporate matters with particular emphasis on commercial and regulatory litigation, including white collar crimes and arbitration. Extensive experience in international litigation, and arbitration cases.
He is member of the Board of Auditors of numerous companies.
He obtained his Law Degree at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", magna cum laude, in 1981. He attended the "School of Public Administration" in Rome (1981-1982); He followed an introductory course to American Law at the Georgetown University Law School, Washington (1982), and obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Michigan Law School in 1983.
CHAMBERS EUROPE – 2017 Italy, Energy
Managing partner Claudio Visco “is very experienced and has a long track record” in project financing and energy mandates. He has significant expertise in the renewable and oil and gas sectors.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2017
Managing partner Claudio Visco is described as an “excellent finance lawyer.” He is an expert in financing with particular expertise in energy, natural resources and infrastructure.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2016
Projects: Managing Partner Claudio Visco focuses on the energy sector and is adept in banking & finance and securities matters, as well as project finance.
Energy & Natural Resources: Significant transactional and contentious capability in electricity, gas and renewables. Increasingly sought after for its advice on energy efficiency law.
Practice head Claudio Visco handles a range of M&A and project finance matters within the energy and oil and gas sectors.
LEGAL 500 – 2016
Banking and finance – In borrower-side highlights, Macchi di Cellere Gangemi acted for Technogym on a €30m bilateral revolving credit facility granted by BNL. Claudio Visco is the Rome, Milan and Verona-based department head.
Industry focus: energy – Macchi di Cellere Gangemi has expertise across the full spectrum of energy matters, including a strong energy efficiency practice. Recent transactional highlights include advising Partners Group on the €40m acquisition of ten photovoltaic plants from Lite On Green Technologies. Other key clients include EDP Renewables, Inergia and EDF Energies Nouvelles. Claudio Visco heads the practice and is among the Leading individuals
CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2015
Claudio Visco of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is a renowned project finance lawyer who is best known for his activity in the energy sector.
IFLR1000 REVIEWS – 2015 Financial and corporate
A lot of the firm’s work in the finance space last year has had a projects angle. Claudio Visco advised Nedbank on the financing it provided to Po Valley for the exploration of hydrocarbon reserves. The firm also acted on the financing of a number of biogas plants. In the M&A space Visco advised Industria De Turbo Propulsores in regard to the acquisition of a line of business in the aerospace sector.
LEGALCOMMUNITY FINANCE AND TAX AWARDS – 2014 LEGALCOMMUNITY.IT SPECIAL AWARDS
CLAUDIO VISCO – MACCHI DI CELLERE GANGEMI
He distinguished himself for the role he played in civil and criminal litigations linked to the wellknown disputes concerning derivatives trades of the City of Milan. In particular, he was one of the few business lawyers who was also part of the panel (consisting of 14 lawyers) who represented the banks and the nine executives convicted in the first instance proceeding for fraud on the derivative contracts entered into Palazzo Marino [the City of Milan n.d.r.] the Milan Court of Appeal acquitted all the defendants overruling with an historic decision the previous ruling of the Tribunal.
IFLR 1000 – 2014
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is best known for its project finance practice and more specifically its energy and utilities infrastructure practice, where even in a slow market it continued to pick up mandates related to solar, wind and biogas plant financings. “In project finance for renewable assets Macchi di Cellere is, in our view, superior to its competitors,” says one client and another agrees. Examples of this sector strength from last year include acting for BIIS and Kinesis on a photovoltaic financing; advising ICQ group on the financing of a wind farm; assisting the lender banks on a separate wind farm deal in Apulia; and advising on biogas plant financings in the Emilio Romagna and Basilicata regions.
Managing partner Claudio Visco heads the wider banking and finance team. Last year the team acted on a credit facility for Trevi Finanziaria Industriale and Drillmec and in the capital markets assisted Cassa di Risparmio di Cento on the establishment of a medium term note programme.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2013
Banking & Finance: Projects
Claudio Visco of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is best known for his project finance expertise, although he handles the full range of banking and finance matters. Recent highlights include assisting Ammeraal Beltech with the restructuring of its debt, which involved the restructuring of a senior USD120 million term loan and a EUR120 million revolving credit agreement.
BEST LAWYERS – 2013
Claudio Visco – Banking and Finance Law – Banking – Banking Finance – Projects
IFLR 1000 – 2013
Led by Claudio Visco, medium size Italian independent Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is focused on debt and structured finance.
Deals: The firm’s most impressive mandate was its role as advisor to Cassa di Risparmio di Cento on establishing a €600million EMTN programme.
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi’s project finance and infrastructure practice is headed by Claudio Visco and Claudia Bruscaglioni who are based in Rome and Milan respectively. Peers say the firm has a strong energy practice and note “it is involved in some important deals” in this area. After a succession of recommendations the firm is promoted to tier three.
Deals: Recent highlights for the firm include assisting Siciliacque in securing a €165 million facility from Banca Intesa and UniCredit Banca Mediocredito to reconstruct the primary water distribution network for Sicily. An example of the firm’s recent lender side was its advice to a pool of banks backing Renergy San Marco in constructing a win farm in San Marco.
CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2012
Banking & Finance: Projects
Claudio Visco of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi is a key name in project finance and gains remarkable client feedback for his superb technical skill.
Banking and finance
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi’s banking team handles asset and structured finance, restructurings and regulatory advice. It assisted the board of directors of Alliance Medical and Linea Medica in the £310m financial restructuring of Alliance Medical Group.
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi provides ‘prompt and competent assistance’. The team recently advised Curti on the development and operation of a biomass power plant. Claudio Visco is recommended.
LEGAL 500 – 2012 Banking & Finance: Projects
Claudio Visco heads of the banking and finance department of Macchi di Cellere Gangemi. Visco is lauded as “a very hard-working lawyer who is outstanding both on deals and in managing a team.”
Practice: Banking, Finance and Debt Restructuring Litigation and Arbitration Energy and Natural Resources Corporate and Commercial Transactions Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity Project Financing and Infrastructure
Admitted to Bar 1983. He is member of the International Bar Association; since 2005 he is a member of the Policy Committee and immediate past Chair of the Bar Issue Commission; he is also former Co-Chair of the Securities Committee in 2003-2004 and Co-Chair of the Capital Market Forum in 2006-2007. He is currently a member of the Management Board of the IBA and a member of the IBA/OECD Task Force on the Role of Lawyers in International Commercial Structures. He has organised many seminars and conferences. He is also Chartered Accountant (Revisore Contabile).
Languages: English, Italian