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Francesco G. Sanna

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.


  • 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.
  • 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 Piemonte 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 and subsequent joint venutre 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.

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.

  • 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.