Withers Studio Legale > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Withers Studio Legale
20122 MILANO

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

Withers Studio Legale acts for luxury brands both in Italy and abroad. In 2021, the firm became a partner member of the Altagamma Foundation, a network for several of Italy’s leading luxury brands. The key names are Italian practice managing partner Roberta Crivellaro; luxury sector specialist Anthony Indaimo; Jacopo Liguori, who heads the Italy IP, technology and privacy team; and Giulia Cipollini, a go-to partner for fashion and art-related tax matters.


It is a good firm in terms of the quality of professionals and hourly costs – I found the right balance with this practice.

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Among Withers Studio Legale‘s key strengths is the firm’s network of dispute resolution professionals, with which the Italian team, led by Cristina Pagni and Matilde Rota, often works in tandem. The duo is specialised in the assistance and representation of international companies active in Italy and Italian high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses. Both lawyers also sit as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Pagni; Matilde Rota


‘The partners are established professionals and they demonstrate it in the way they approach the issues raised. They are very available and open to discussion, placing themselves on a level of equality and comparison, for an ever greater understanding of the problem and a better solution.’

‘Great capacity for internal discussion and with other external professionals. High quality and competence in the services rendered. Ability to manage the limitations related to the pandemic by promoting forms of agile work that have not had any negative impact in terms of timeliness, effectiveness and quality of services rendered’.

‘Fairness, transparency and a sense of responsibility towards the customer. Solving problems is the top priority and goes beyond any business logic. The team’s professionals also demonstrate great empathy towards clients and the issues underlying them.’

‘Withers’ dispute settlement team can take effective legal argumentation for both litigation / arbitration and negotiating out-of-court negotiation. The team is made up of young professionals gifted with flexibility and willingness to communicate even on a regular basis via telematic means.’

‘Great quality and excellence. The group is characterized by great legal competence, intuitive skills out of the ordinary and wise use of information and digital technology.’

‘Cristina Pagni and Massimo Sana are characterized by great professional skills, precision and knowledge of national and international law.’

‘Cristina Pagni is a trained professional, punctual and very focused on the result. She manages to be determined and decisive, but always elegant.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting the tutor of a minor, who suffered serious injuries and lost his parents and brother in a major cable crash which occurred in the Northern Italy in May 2021.

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 5

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale‘s real estate practice focuses on the investment and financing needs of HNW individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses; it works closely with real estate colleagues across the firm’s international network. Leading the Italian practice, Roberta Crivellaro divides her time between the firm’s Milan and Padua offices.

Practice head(s):


The firm is a one-stop shop when it comes to dealing in a foreign jurisdiction.

We were able to get professional advice on all critical aspects of our decision making (personal and corporate taxation, immigration, litigation, real estate, structuring etc).

The work and delivery of advice were smooth and efficient due to a strong inter-company culture.

The Italian team is a relatively small practice, but very joined up. It has the knowledge to face all situations and the people to cope with very wealthy clients and difficult opposing lawyers, in addition to being polite and pleasant.

Roberta Crivellaro was great in formulating the original legal position, given her extensive experience and understanding of the risks inherent in the Italian real estate market.

Roberta Crivellaro is now famous in the real estate world in Italy for her market competence. She and senior associate Mattia Biasi are the go-to people in our world.

Mattia Biasi’s handling of clients’ de-briefs and some of the drafting sessions led to efficient billing without jeopardising the quality of work.

Key clients

Santa Margherita

Acanthus Capital

Consonni Capital

Officine Mak (Osio Sotto)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Santa Margherita, a large and prestigious Italian wine maker, with the purchase of a subsidiary company that was subject to an insolvency procedure and included a real estate asset.
  • Assisted Acanthus Capital with the purchase of all the shares in Azienda Agricola Il Colto di Arnetoli Stefano e C Sas – Società Agricola, an Italian farmhouse company that manages a building complex called Villa Fabbroni.
  • Assisted Consonni Capital, a securitisation special purpose vehicle, with the purchase of an industrial area.

Italy > Tax Tier 5

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Withers Studio Legale's team is particularly well known for its work for clients from the design, fashion and luxury goods sectors. Roberta Crivellaro, who is a specialist within the food and wine sectors, is responsible for the firm’s four Italian desks, located in the US, Asia, Switzerland and the US. Sergio Anania heads the group alongside Crivellaro; he handles M&A, corporate finance and banking and restructuring mandates, especially those with a cross-border component.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Crivellaro; Sergio Anania

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Indaimo; Stefano Cignozzi

Key clients

ClubDeal – iStarter

Chatsim Srl

Officine Mak Srl

SBC FashionTech 1921 Srl

Work highlights

  • Assisted Clubdeal SpA, a crowd-funding platform, which provides investment opportunities to high-net-worth individuals (including investments in scale-ups), with a capital increase.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Things Mobile Srl, a global provider of IoT connectivity services (Internet of Things), in relation to the sale of 100% of the quotas of the company to Wireless Logic Ltd, an English company.
  • Assisted Officine Mak with the purchase of a development property in a complex transaction which involved receivables and the purchase of the quotas of the two companies.

The firm: Withersworldwide is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 180 partners and more than 950 other staff members in 17 offices across Europe, the US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues global clients face.

As the Italian practice of the firm, Withers Studio Legale has worked with Italian clients, family businesses and investors in Italy for over 25 years, including many of the leading names which comprise the ‘Made in Italy’ brand, from fashion to technology, banking to media, food and beverage to luxury assets.

Italians have long been known for their entrepreneurship, and the country is home to some of the world’s most successful international companies and brands. As with many of the firm’s clients, Italian entrepreneurs are increasingly seeking legal advice in relation to their business and personal affairs, both at home and abroad.

Withers understands the Italian marketplace and how business is done, and, in particular, appreciates the importance of developing personal relationships. Through a network of five Italian desks and the support of over 50 Italian-speaking lawyers based across Withers’ offices, the Milan and Padua teams provide clients with an integrated international service for cross-border matters.

Areas of practice: With expert corporate lawyers, international tax and wealth planning practitioners, as well as litigators and specialists in IP, IT, art and cultural assets, sports law, immigration and real estate, Withers Studio Legale is uniquely placed to provide a comprehensive service to Italian clients expanding abroad and international clients investing in Italy.

Principal practice areas include banking and finance; brands;  commercial litigation and arbitration; corporate M&A and commercial;  art and cultural assets; entrepreneurship; restructuring and insolvency; intellectual property, technology and privacy, residential and commercial real estate; sports law, personal and corporate tax; trust and succession planning as well as wealth structuring.

Most recently, in response to the needs of its international clientele, the firm’s Italian practice has developed a niche in servicing both the food and beverage sector and those who wish to invest in Italian real estate and hospitality. The latter includes hotels and leisure facilities, vineyards and agricultural land.

Withers Studio Legale was one of the pioneers in providing assistance to clients and their family businesses wishing to take advantage of Italy’s non-dom tax regime when it was introduced in 2017.  This has led to the development of a vibrant inward immigration practice.

Last but not least, the firm has been actively working with several of the start-ups, accelerators and venture capitalists involved in the growing Italian tech market, providing 360-degree assistance during the life cycle of their projects. Throughout the pandemic, Italian entrepreneurship in this sector has flourished with an increased number of companies setting up new businesses in life sciences, agri-tech, fintech, fashion-tech, sport-tech, art-tech and AI.

Art Giulia Cipollinigiulia.cipollini@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4222
Banking and finance Sergio Ananiasergio.anania@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4239
Brands Anthony Indaimoanthony.indaimo@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4200
Copyright Jacopo Liguorijacopo.liguori@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4204
Corporate / Commercial - UK Desk Sharon Whitehousesharon.whitehouse@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4233
Corporate / Commercial Stefano Cignozzistefano.cignozzi@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4240
Corporate and M&A Sergio Ananiasergio.anania@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4239
Family office and family business Roberta Crivellaroroberta.crivellaro@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4224
Food and beverage Roberta Crivellaroroberta.crivellaro@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4224
Intellectual Property Jacopo Liguorijacopo.liguori@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4204
Immigration Giulia Cipollinigiulia.cipollini@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4222
International tax Giulia Cipollinigiulia.cipollini@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4222
Litigation and arbitration Cristina Pagnicristina.pagni@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4242
Litigation and arbitration Matilde Rotamatilde.rota@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4209
Luxury assets Anthony Indaimoanthony.indaimo@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4200
Privacy Jacopo Liguorijacopo.liguori@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4204
Real estate Roberta Crivellaroroberta.crivellaro@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4224
Restructuring and insolvency Sergio Ananiasergio.anania@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4239
Sports Luca Ferrariluca.ferrari@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4208
TMT Jacopo Liguorijacopo.liguori@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4204
Trust and succession planning Giulia Cipollinigiulia.cipollini@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4222
Wealth structuring Giulia Cipollinigiulia.cipollini@withersworldwide.com+39 02 8821 4222
Sergio Anania photoAvv Sergio AnaniaSergio Anania is a partner in the corporate department and is based…
Stefano Cignozzi photoAvv Stefano CignozziStefano is a partner in our corporate team in Milan.  He focuses…
Giulia Cipollini photoAvv Giulia CipolliniGiulia is a partner in the private client and tax team in…
Roberta Crivellaro photoAvv Roberta CrivellaroRoberta is the Managing Partner of the Italian practice and responsible for…
Luca Ferrari photoAvv Luca FerrariLuca is a partner in our corporate team and heads the sports…
Anthony Indaimo photoMr Anthony IndaimoAnthony is a partner in our corporate team. He focuses on cross-border…
Jacopo Liguori photoAvv Jacopo LiguoriPartner
Cristina Pagni photoAvv Cristina PagniChristina is a partner in our dispute resolution team in Milan. Her…
Matilde Rota photoAvv Matilde RotaPartner
Sharon Whitehouse photoMrs Sharon WhitehouseSharon is a partner in the corporate team. She is an English-qualified…
Staff, firmwide : 1100+
Partners, firmwide : 180+
Staff, in this office : 65
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