Cristina Martorana

Title: Partner
Office: Milan
Languages: English, French, Italian

Cristina Martorana focuses on administrative and environmental law.

She has deep experience in Italian and European administrative law (judicial and out-of-court), particularly in the regulated fields of energy and infrastructure with reference to issues related to the construction, acquisition or financing of plants that produce energy from renewable and conventional sources, environmental law and climate change, network infrastructures, gas, district heating, waste to energy, energy and gas trading contracts, physical and synthetic PPA, PPP and public procurement.

Cristina has been awarded “Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for two years in a row in 2021 and 2022 at the Legalcommunity Energy Awards, moreover Legalcommunity awarded Cristina “Lawyer of the Year for Administrative Environmental Law” both in 2016 and 2024. In 2022, Cristina was listed in “The Best Lawyers in Italy” for the “Energy law” category.

She is ranked among the Leading Individuals in the Energy sector by Chambers and Partners which mentions interviews as follows: “Cristina excels in navigating clients through the intricacies of Italian public and regulatory laws. Her unique ability to merge theoretical legal knowledge with practical, real-world insights adds immense value to her work and greatly benefits her clients” (2024), “Cristina Martorana is a great problem solver” (2023), “[Clients appreciate her] very high level of service in project development [and for] always being available to answer and solve customer problems” (2022), “[clients appreciate her] understanding of technical and commercial issues and very high administrative law skills” (2021), “[she is] able to combine high-profile technical accuracy with a commercial mindset” (2020).

She is also mentioned as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 in the Energy Industry Focus, the directory mentions testimonials say “Cristina Martorana is a real expert in energy regulatory matters and project structuring” “Cristina Martorana is the standout of the firm. A professional recognised by the market as a benchmark in the energy sector. She has extensive experience in the field, undeniable problem-solving skills, and the ability to quickly handle complex issues”Cristina Martorana has such huge competence that when she explains her advice clients are sure that not one serious problem will come about during construction or operational phases” (2024), “Cristina Martorana is a star in the Italian energy space. She will certainly play leading roles in the southern European energy transition, thanks to her unique expertise” (2023), “Cristina Martorana is always available and leads an excellent team” “Cristina Martorana deserves a special mention” “Cristina Martorana has acquired such expertise in the sector also from a commercial point of view that manages to combine business needs with regulatory prerogatives” “Cristina Martorana has great knowledge of this area and excellent interpersonal skills” (2022), “Cristina Martorana is a point of reference. She’s always available and proactive in finding solution” and “Cristina Martorana is a serious and prepared professional. The ten years of experience she has gained in the sector makes her an excellent consultant and the availability and courtesy that distinguish her allow the establishment of an extremely profitable professional relationship. Martorana is able to provide very valuable support in many of the issues brought to her attention”, “Martorana is a capable, competent, up-to-date professional, with great sensitivity to energy and infrastructure issues, an excellent network, business oriented, with a solid approach, based on the concrete needs of the customer. To these qualities she combines an empathy rarely encountered in professionals of the same seniority that allows her to create trust relationships over time” (2021), “Cristina Martorana: high professionalism combined with a charismatic personality” (2020).

Furthermore, Cristina is mentioned in IFLR1000 as a Notable Practitioner for Project Development. In 2020 Cristina Martorana was mentioned in the TopLegal Energy Guide in Band 1 in the “Administrative and Regulatory” ranking and in Band 2 for “M&A”. In 2021, Cristina Martorana was mentioned in the TopLegal Administrative Guide in Band 2 for “Environmental Law” and in Band 3 for the section “Contracts, Concessions and Public Services”. Moreover, in 2021 Cristina was mentioned as one of the leading lawyers in Italy in the Energy and Natural Resources section of the “Women in business law expert” guide.

Cristina Martorana has been identified by Who’s Who Legal’s research among the Italian leading lawyers both in the energy and environmental sectors quoting “Cristina Martorana deserves to be on the list say sources, who admire her deep knowledge of administrative and environmental law as applied to the energy and infrastructure sector”.

Due to her experience in the sector and the acknowledgment received from the relevant market, she has been invited to numerous conferences and seminars.

Cristina collaborates constantly with industry associations (e.g. Anie and Elettricità Futura) in the drafting of regulatory texts or amendments to the same or to the drafts under approval relating to the relevant market (cf. Simplification Decree Law 2020 and 2021) as well as with ARERA and Terna.

She is also author of articles in both national and international specialised magazines.