Avv Roberta Crivellaro > Withers Studio Legale > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

Withers Studio Legale
20122 MILANO

Work Department

Corporate / Commercial / Real estate / Food and beverage


Roberta is the Managing Partner of the Italian practice and responsible for the firm’s five Italian desks worldwide. Roberta is also European Leader of the Business division.  

She is a leading partner in the Italian corporate and real estate teams and specialises in all aspects of corporate and real estate domestic and cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the food & beverage and hospitality sectors.

Roberta acts as the point of reference for many prominent Italian companies, family offices and family businesses doing business around the world, and foreign companies and HNWI investing in Italy.

Roberta is the first Italian woman to become a partner of a City law firm in London; she is also one of the few female managing partners of a major Italian law firm.

Among her latest recognitions, she has been mentioned for several years (including 2020) as “Leading Lawyer” in the food sector by the international directory Legal 500 EMEA.

The Italian legal directory “LegalCommunity” listed Roberta amongst the Best-50 Italian lawyers in Italy in 2019, mentioning her ‘remarkable professional skills’ and her ‘strong leadership ability’. In addition, the same publication in 2020 listed her amongst the few female managing partners of a law firm in Italy, therefore contributing to an important change within the Italian legal market, historically led by men.

She was listed in Forbes Italy’s top tier 100 legal and strategic consultants in Italy in 2018 and also featured in Forbes Italy’s ‘Italian Women of Achievement’, – one of only two lawyers on this list – which highlights major individuals active in the areas where Italy plays a role on the international stage.

Her team was recognised as ‘Transatlantic Private Client Team of the Year 2018’ in the USA for its structuring advice to the Mayor of Venice, and won the LegalCommunity Award for best advisors to the food sector in Italy in 2019.

She teaches and lectures on several master courses, such as AIFO master (The Italian Association of Family Offices), Milano Politecnico and the Bocconi University AIDAF course (the Italian Association of Family Businesses).

As strong advocate of female empowerment, she is recognised as one of the most outstanding representatives of female leadership in Italy and is frequently interviewed on the topic by the Italian media.


Roberta is qualified in Italy (1994) and in England and Wales (2005). She joined Withers in 2005 and became a partner in 2008.


Italian and English


Italian Bar, Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales, International Bar Association, Registered as a European Lawyer with Law Society, 30% Club, STEP – Society of Trust and Estate Practionners,  Fondazione Bellisario, Associazione ValoreD


University of Padua, Italy, LL.B equivalent


Roberta, a great cook, is a staunch supporter of healthier food and encourages everyone to eat the Mediterranean option.  She is also an active spokesperson for female empowerment.

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Real estate and construction

Withers Studio Legale is sought out by high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to assist with real estate matters. Roberta Crivellaro, who works between Milan and Padua, advises foreign investors on purchasing large holiday homes and family businesses, and Sergio Anania acts for real estate clients that invest in complex projects. In addition, the firm has longstanding expertise in handling the local regulations associated with the expansion of farm hotels (agriturismi).

Italy > Industry focus: Food

The department at Withers Studio Legale closely collaborates with the firm’s London-based technology department to assist clients with distribution agreements and licensing work. The group is particularly active in the wine sector, and its expertise is sought out by wine producers, with the team specialising in label and bottle design mandates. Roberta Crivellaro leads the practice and is thoroughly experienced in corporate and commercial cross-border transactions involving domestic food and beverage clients as well as luxury brands.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At Withers Studio Legale, the team in Italy works in close tandem with the firm’s other offices, spread across sites in the UK, US, Asia and the rest of Europe. Roberta Crivellaro and Sergio Anania co-lead the team, which is focused on supporting individuals, entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses and family offices on their investments abroad, also routinely acting on inbound activities.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods

Withers Studio Legale has longstanding expertise in assisting Italian and international luxury brands. Representative work covers commercial contracts, data and brand protection, digital commerce, taxation, disputes, real estate, and media relations matters. Roberta Crivellaro is routinely sought out by prominent Italian families and family offices; Giulia Cipollini advises on the tax side of fashion and art matters; and Jacopo Liguori is Italian IP practice head. In March 2022, Carlo Alberto Demichelis joined as a partner from Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie as the Italian head of brand protection and IP advisory. The firm is also a partner member of the Altagamma Foundation, a network for several leading Italian luxury brands.