Firm Profile > Withers Studio Legale > Milan, Italy

Withers Studio Legale
20122 MILANO

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 3

Withers Studio Legale's corporate partner Roberta Crivellaro has a particular focus on the food and beverage sector. Her team is particularly renowned for assisting the wine industry, notably in domestic and cross-border transactions as well as IP matters. Luca Ferrari additionally assists wine producers with trade agreements, e-commerce and distribution.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Crivellaro

Other key lawyers:

Luca Ferrari


‘Professionalism and problem-solving ability.’

‘Roberta Crivellaro has enviable technical competence.’

‘Competence, professionalism and proven experience at national and international level’

Key clients

Santa Margherita Gruppo Vinicolo

Masi Agricola S.p.A.

Ca’ Del Bosco

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

The key names in the luxury goods practice at Withers Studio Legale are corporate lawyers Anthony Indaimo and Sharon Whitehouse, and IP expert Jacopo Liguori. The team has worked on transactions for luxury automotive clients; assisted fashion brands with IP and data protection matters as well as negotiated lease and succession plans for high-end designers.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Indaimo

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Whitehouse; Jacopo Liguori

Italy > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale's dispute resolution team acts for clients such as high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, family businesses and international companies. Cristina Pagni has strong expertise in banking litigation, and she also assists clients with financial services, insolvency and insurance litigation. Pagni jointly leads the department with arbitrator Matilde Rota, who is particularly known for representing sports personalities and organisations, as well as Italian fashion brands.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Pagni; Matilde Rota


‘Cristina Pagni has a more unique than rare ability to immediately grasp the critical point of the situation and immediately focus on the measures to be implemented. Meticulousness and accuracy, together with sagacity of the suggested strategies’

‘Flexibility and ability to understand the client’s dynamics and to find the most effective solution for settling the dispute, both in terms of proceedings and costs and benefits for the client himself.’

‘Matilde Rota demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the civil procedure and has a rare ability to investigate the substantive issues underlying the dispute.’

‘Cristina Pagni has gained experience and an ability to manage litigation and corporate matters that few professionals have in the Italian market.’

‘Attention to the relationship with customers that goes beyond the personal relationship and allows for the consolidation of long-term relationships’

‘Very high quality lawyers with outstanding technical skills and a first-class reputation in the market and in the legal community.’

‘Cristina Pagni is a very first class and talented dispute resolution attorney who is also a pleasure to work with. She has a prime technical background, and she is very expert in litigation and arbitration. She is very committed and focused managing the case and leading the teams. She is also ready to take any opportunity to make settlements whenever it may be appropriate.’

‘The firm’s professionals combine a solid legal background with a marked sensitivity for the client’s practical needs.’

Key clients

Generali Italia SpA and Alleanza Assicurazioni SpA

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA

Marinella SpA

Fiberweb Terno d’Isola

Italy > Intellectual property Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale undertakes work for a client base including private individuals, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses. Its team's experience spans sectors such as luxury, fashion, food, insurance, manufacturing, sport and media. Jacopo Liguori leads the group, which assists clients with protecting their commercial and personal brands, as well as licensing, distribution, sponsorship and franchising.

Practice head(s):

Jacopo Liguori

Other key lawyers:

Veronica Muratori


Flexibility and ability to understand and meet customer needs.’

‘Availability and spirit of collaboration of Jacopo Liguori.’

‘Professionalism, experience, knowledge of the subject and an international approach.’

‘The team that works on each case is a specialized in that area of the sector and interacts with the other lawyers of the firm for any other need that the case requires. Excellent connection between the various departments.’

‘Professionalism and availability.’

‘Veronica Muratori: excellent skills and availability. Jacopo Liguori: professionalism and availability.’

Key clients

Haeres Equita Srl ( Borsalino)

Astanor (Hyris)

London Trade Art

Recornea Srl

Italy > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale assists high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses with their investment transactions and financing matters. The real estate team works closely with experts in tax and wealth planning department, as well as practitioners across the firm's international network. The firm has a particularly strong profile in the wine and hospitality sectors. Sergio Anania and Roberta Crivellaro co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Anania; Roberta Crivellaro

Key clients

Officine Mak Srl – Cassina de’ Pecchi

Officine Mak Srl – Vimondrone

Italy > Tax Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale's Italian tax team, which is led by 'exceptional lawyerGiulia Cipollini, is well known for its advice to private clients, high-net-worth individuals and family offices on their international tax planning, trusts, estate and succession issues. Giorgio Vaselli is an experienced special counsel.

Practice head(s):

Giulia Cipollini

Other key lawyers:

Giorgio Vaselli; Roberto Bonomi


The team had a way of working which made it easy to understand the whole process.

The tax and wealth planning department is unique in being able to offer competence and efficiency in a great variety of areas. This variety of skills, possible only through the great synergy developed between the team members, allows us to offer our own clients efficient solutions from a variety of points of view, without leaving anything to chance.

Strong relationship management skills, with a desire to contribute value by introductions via the network.

Responsiveness and creative solutions.

Synergy among the individuals – they are very open to lawyers from other firms that are working together on the same project.

Professionalism, competence and international knowledge.

Giulia Cipollini is an exceptional lawyer, with great knowledge and experience.

Giulia Cipollini and her team show high competence and professionalism levels, managing to get to the heart of problems with an empathic approach and proposing highly innovative solutions.

Key clients

Haeres Equita Srl

First Investor VISA in Start-up for HNWI

London Trade Art

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Withers Studio Legale assists brands and individuals from the design, and luxury and retail fashion sectors. It also has industry expertise in sports, food and beverage, and real estate and hospitality. Italian practice leader Roberta Crivellaro, Sergio Anania and Anthony Indaimo are the principal contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Crivellaro; Sergio Anania; Anthony Indaimo

Other key lawyers:

Luca Ferrari; Sharon Whitehouse; Stefano Cignozzi; Francesca Nobili


The strengths of Withers are its willingness to listen to the needs of clients and the ability to guide them with competence and patience towards the set goal.

They are focused and have the required legal capabilities to perform their tasks.

They are practical and work towards getting the job done.

The team is always available and responds in a very short time, and always absolutely in line with clients’ business needs.

The Withers team demonstrates great expertise, professionalism and problem-solving skills on every occasion!

Sergio Anania has built an excellent team of capable professionals, who are strongly focused on international legal matters.

Sergio Anania has excellent business vision, combined with legal expertise.

Sergio Anania has excellent understanding of business needs and problem solving; he simplifies complex legal aspects, is fast, and of real help during negotiations.

Key clients


Peressotti Srl,

L’ Ospedale degli Animali Srl

Clinica Veterinaria Costa d’Argento Srl



A-ccelerator Italy Srl

China Merchants Industry Technology Europe Srl

Pagani Automobili SpA

Recornea Srl

Fanuc Italia Srl

Masi Agricola

Allinsports Srl (Anton Stipinovich)

Lawrence Stroll (and bid vehicle Yew Tree Overseas Limited)

Rodi Basso

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 5 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Art Giulia Cipollini +39 02 8821 4222
Banking and finance Sergio Anania +39 02 8821 4239
Brands Anthony Indaimo +39 02 8821 4200
Copyright Jacopo Liguori +39 02 8821 4204
Corporate / Commercial - UK Desk Sharon Whitehouse +39 02 8821 4233
Corporate / Commercial Stefano Cignozzi +39 02 8821 4240
Corporate and M&A Sergio Anania +39 02 8821 4239
Family office and family business Roberta Crivellaro +39 02 8821 4224
Food and beverage Roberta Crivellaro +39 02 8821 4224
Intellectual Property Jacopo Liguori +39 02 8821 4204
Immigration Giulia Cipollini +39 02 8821 4222
International tax Giulia Cipollini +39 02 8821 4222
Litigation and arbitration Cristina Pagni +39 02 8821 4242
Litigation and arbitration Matilde Rota +39 02 8821 4209
Luxury assets Anthony Indaimo +39 02 8821 4200
Privacy Jacopo Liguori +39 02 8821 4204
Real estate Roberta Crivellaro +39 02 8821 4224
Restructuring and insolvency Sergio Anania +39 02 8821 4239
Sports Luca Ferrari +39 02 8821 4208
TMT Jacopo Liguori +39 02 8821 4204
Trust and succession planning Giulia Cipollini +39 02 8821 4222
Wealth structuring Giulia Cipollini +39 02 8821 4222
Photo Name Position Profile
Avv Sergio Anania  photo Avv Sergio Anania Sergio Anania is a partner in the corporate department and is based…
Avv Stefano Cignozzi  photo Avv Stefano Cignozzi Stefano is a partner in our corporate team in Milan.  He focuses…
Avv Giulia Cipollini  photo Avv Giulia Cipollini Giulia is a partner in the private client and tax team in…
Ms Roberta Crivellaro photo Ms Roberta Crivellaro Roberta is the Managing Partner of the Italian practice and responsible for…
Avv Luca Ferrari photo Avv Luca Ferrari Luca is a partner in our corporate team and heads the sports…
Mr Anthony Indaimo  photo Mr Anthony Indaimo Anthony is a partner in our corporate team. He focuses on cross-border…
Avv Jacopo Liguori photo Avv Jacopo Liguori Partner
Avv Cristina Pagni photo Avv Cristina Pagni Christina is a partner in our dispute resolution team in Milan. Her…
Avv Matilde Rota photo Avv Matilde Rota Partner
Mrs Sharon Whitehouse  photo Mrs Sharon Whitehouse Sharon 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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