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Francesco G. Sanna

Partner
+39.02.3030.291
Fax +39.02.3030.2933
Francesco Sanna is a partner in the firm’s Milan office. He focuses his practice in real estate investment and development as well as in engineering and construction matters, including the structuring and negotiation of PFI and PPP project contracts with particular focus in the energy and health care sectors.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Sanna was a partner at another international law firm in Milan.

Achievements

  • Ranked by Chambers as one of the leading Italian real estate lawyers.

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer on real estate and construction matters at Animp (Italian association of plant engineering companies) and in master courses at Milan Politechnic University.
Publications
  • Co-author of the article "Project Finance in Italy after art.37 bis of Merloni ter law – first application appraisal" published in the review "Impiantistica Italiana" - October 2000.
  • “Energy efficiency certificates in recent Authority legislation” Ambiente & Sicurezza review (Sole 24 Ore), 2003
  • “The start-up of energy green certificate market”, Ambiente & Sicurezza Review (Sole 24 Ore), 2003
  • Author of the Italian chapter on PPP and PFI of the The Projects & Construction Review.
Real Estate
  • Investor’s counsel in relation to the acquisition of one of the Italian biggest shopping centres in Orio al Serio (BG), and to its further development. Value of the transaction: about 150 million euros.
  • Purchase of a shopping center located in the Marche Region in the form of a share deal for a foreign real estate investment fund.
  • Sale of office building located in Lorenteggio, Milan, for a German investment fund.
  • Sale of portions of the business park “Bodio Center” in Milan for foreign investment fund.
  • Assistance in development and leasing issues for the Maciachini Center office park in Milan.
  • Purchase of various areas to be developed as logistic facilities in Lombardy and Piedmont Regions for Italian and foreign real estate funds.
  • Acquisition and development of an area destined to mixed use named “Città del Sole” in Rome for one of the most important US developers.
  • Development of the second phase, through the construction of seven new buildings of an outlet located in Serravalle Scrivia, Alessandria for a leading international investor.
  • Purchase of an area located in Legnano for its development for residential use for a primary international investor.
  • Drafting and negotiation of the construction contract for a primary international investor, regarding the first tower with residential destination located in Milan.
  • Development of a major office complex located in Rome composed of seven buildings for a primary international investor for the purpose of refurbishment and requalification in favor of the tenant.
  • Preparation of the contracts for three transactions regarding the development and lease of buildings to be used as fitness and wellness centers respectively located in Catania, Turin and Rome for a primary international fitness operator.
  • Purchase of an area located in San Lazzaro, Padua to be developed for retail and residential use for a UK private equity investor.
  • Assistance to a leading Italian investment fund in structuring and pre-developing real estate projects for social and senior housing.
  • Assistance to a leading international investment fund in relation to the development and subsequent lease of a new real estate complex designed for office use, located in Milan, Segrate.
  • Assistance to a UK private equity investor in disposal of a real estate complex for luxury residential use, located in Rome.
  • Assistance to the owner in the pre-development of a luxury resort in Sicily under the scheme of the management agreements.
  • Development of a luxury resort in Costa Smeralda (Sardinia) and subsequent joint venture structuring.
  • Forward purchase of an hotel, located near Orio Center, Bergamo, leased to a primary international hotel operator.
  • Assistance in transfer of asset management of a real estate fund owning to one of the major business hotels chains in Milan.
  • Assistance to a leading international investment fund in drafting and negotiating the contractual documents regarding the lease of 3 new real estate office complexes, located in Milan.
  • Assistance to a primary real estate investor in the forward lease of an iconic skyscraper in Milan as a primary international operator.
  • Acting on behalf of an Italian real estate investment fund, in connection with the sale to an English real estate fund, managed by a fund of funds, of a real estate complex for office use located in Milan, Via Gattamelata no. 34.
  • Acting on behalf of an international real estate fund, in connection with the acquisition from an international developer of two real estate complexes for logistic use, respectively located in the municipality of Nogara (Verona) and in the municipality of Lazzate (MB).
  • Acting on behalf of global real estate fund, in connection with the acquisition from an international real estate company of a real estate complex for logistic use located in the municipality of Truccazzano (Milan).
  • Assistance to a primary Italian asset manager in connection with the acquisition by one of the real estate fund managed by it of an area located in the municipality of San Donato Milanese, destined to be developed through the realisation of a real estate complex for office use that will become the new headquarter of a global player in the oil and gas sector.
  • Assistance to an Italian real estate investor in connection with the refurbishment and commercialization of the building of new acquisition located in Milan, Via San Raffaele 1 on the corner of Piazza Duomo, with mixed retail and office use.
  • Acting on behalf of a real estate fund managed by a fund of funds, in connection with the acquisition from a vehicle belonging to a Milan aristocratic family of a real estate complex located in Milan, Via Ceresio 7-9.
  • Acting on behalf of an international real estate investment fund, in the purchase of an entire real estate complex located in Via Morimondo no.13/15/17, Milan, subject to the verification of some conditions precedent.
  • Advice to one of the world's largest real estate asset manager in connection with the acquisition by a SICAF entirely participated by its real estate retail fund and managed by a German real estate fund, of a portion of the building located in Rome, Via del Corso, for retail use.
  • Advice to an Italian vehicle fully participated by an Italian wealth management advisor, acting as principal, in connection with the negotiation with a local contractor of the contract for the development of an area located in the municipality of Fiumicino, of a real estate complex for retail use destined to be transferred to a real estate fund.
  • Day-by-day advice to a company belonging to an American professional services and investment management real estate company fully specialised and committed in design and construction of fit-out works, in relation to the realisation of the fit-out works to be carried out as part of the redevelopment of a luxury hotel located in Rome, Piazza della Repubblica, which is owned by a Qatari investor.
  • Advised one of the world's leading asset managers, acting on behalf of a real estate investment fund managed by a German investment fund regulated under the German Investment Act, of a real estate asset located in Milan, Via Vittor Pisani n.19.
  • Acting on behalf of the real estate investment fund controlled by a Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services company, in the purchase of high street retail complex in Turin from a real estate investment fund controlled by a global investment bank.
Project Finance
  • Sponsors’ counsel in a health-care BOT project, based on a Project Finance scheme, consisting in the realisation of the Phase I of an Hospital in Northern Italy (Brescia). Value of the transaction: about 40 mio euros.
  • Sponsors’ counsel team a health-care BOT project, consisting in the realisation of the Phase II of an Hospital in Northern Italy (Brescia). Value of the transaction: about 150 mio euros.
  • Sponsors’ counsel in the pre-awarding phase in a PFI project for the realization of the new Treviso Hospital. Value of the transaction: about 120 mio euros.
Energy
  • Lenders’ counsel in a Project Finance for the realisation of a 120 MWh gas fuelled co-generation plant in Northern Italy (Verzuolo - near Turin). Value of the transaction: about 70 million euros.
  • Sponsors’ counsel in a project for the realisation of a 14 Mwh biomass fuelled power plant in Central Italy (Cascina - near Pisa) within European Thermie Project. Value of the transaction: about 30 million euros. 
  • In-house contractor’s counsel during the bidding phase of a major Project Finance for the realisation of a power and associated desalinisation plant located in the Emirate of Abu-Dhabi. Value of the Project: about 1.5 billion euros. 
  • Owner’s counsel in relation to a joint venture for the realisation of a 30 Mwh gas fuelled co-generation plant in Central Italy (San Salvo – near Chieti) ancillary to one of the biggest glass-production factories in Europe.
  • Photovoltaic Plants: Assistance to a primary Italian asset manager in advising and structuring the entire pipeline of energy projects under the Conto Energia incentives scheme including JV agreements, formation and acquisition of vehicles, EPC and O&M agreements; drafting and negotiation of EPC and O&M agreements for a primary international developers operating in Italy for the development of photovoltaic plants.