Firm Profile > Withers Studio Legale > Padua, Italy

Withers Studio Legale
PADUA, 35139

Industry focus: Food Tier 3

The food team at Withers Studio Legale is particularly active in the wine space. Notably, it advised Casa Vinicola Zonin on a €65m investment from Capitoloventiquattro and a €145m debt restructuring in late 2018. The firm is known for providing corporate and commercial assistance to clients in the food industry as well as its considerable expertise in IP (labelling, e-commerce, and multi-jurisdictional sale and distribution). Practice head Roberta Crivellaro specialises in corporate and commercial cross-border transactions for luxury brands and food clients.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Crivellaro

Key clients

Casa Vinicola Zonin


Dispute resolution Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale has bolstered its dispute resolution practice of late with the significant addition of well-known litigator and arbitrator Cristina Pagni. Having previously practised at a number of major international firms, she has added significant expertise to the team, which she joined as practice co-head alongside Matilde Rota. The lawyers in the team work 'tirelessly' on general corporate, commercial and insurance disputes, while also having a niche focus on sports law.

Practice head(s):

Cristina Pagni; Matilde Rota


‘Professionalism, competency with international cross-border legal and cultural issues and timely feedback and case management.’

‘Cristina Pagni is a very talented dispute resolution attorney who is also a pleasure to work with. She has excellent project management skills and leverages associates as appropriate. She can be a very tough negotiator.’

‘Very committed and with a very fine technical background.’

‘Cristina Pagni has a prime background in civil law and particularly in litigation. She is very careful in managing every single detail and she is very transparent and clear when charging the client.’

Key clients

Generali Italia SpA –  Alleanza Assicurazioni SpA

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA

De’Longhi Appliances SpA

Marinella SpA

Goglio SpA

Gemmo SpA

Intellectual property Tier 5

Special counsel Jacopo Liguori joined Withers Studio Legale from BonelliErede in August 2018; he now leads a growing team which is active across a range of matters within the IP spectrum. The department, which handles brand registration, licensing, distribution and franchising, has a growing focus on pre-contentious and contentious matters and national and international brand protection. Clients are drawn from sectors including manufacturing, food and luxury.

Practice head(s):

Jacopo Liguori


‘An extremely competent and proactive team, focused on business needs and flexible regarding deadlines.’

‘It is really a pleasure to work with Jacopo Liguori. A very good listener and always available, he ensures immediate responsiveness.’

‘I have never met a professional more accurate, committed and passionate than Jacopo Ronchi.’

Key clients


Real estate and construction Tier 5

The real estate department at Withers Studio Legale is divided between its Milan and Padua offices. Led by Sergio Anania and the well connected Roberta Crivellaro, the team has a focus on transactions, as well as restructuring and refinancing, and has particular expertise in the luxury, manufacturing, hospitality and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Anania; Roberta Crivellaro


‘Their Italian team is very strong and able to operate with ease in Italy and in other countries – not just in Europe.’

‘Roberta Crivellaro has the know-how, the understanding of the protocols required and vast knowledge of property issues.’

Key clients

Soho House

Officine Mak Srl

Tory Burch

Tax Tier 5

Withers Studio Legale's Italian tax team, led by inheritance and trusts tax specialist Giulia Cipollini, advises several fashion brands on structuring their tax planning and on structuring their charitable presence. It also acts for household names in the sports world on corporate tax matters and is experienced in the relocation of ultra high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Giulia Cipollini


Giulia Cipollini and her tax and wealth planning team are able to provide unique and accurate advice on complex and cutting-edge matters relating to both domestic and international tax planning. They are proactive and effective.

Giulia Cipollini has valuable experience with high-end entrepreneurs and company managers, especially in the fashion and arts sectors, which allows her clients to rely upon her and her team completely, from the beginning of an elaborate matter to the very end of it.

Key clients

Burger King Restaurants Italia

Casa Vinicola Zonin

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Withers Studio Legale advises Italian individuals, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses on investing abroad and international investors active in Italy. It stands out for its work with brands, creative individuals, and sports and celebrity figures. The team is also active in the luxury goods, fashion, design, and food and beverage industries. Roberta Crivellaro specialises in corporate and commercial cross-border transactions and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Sergio Anania; Roberta Crivellaro; Anthony Indaimo


The lawyers of law firm Withers are very professional, and always able to respond promptly to all requests. The characteristics that distinguish Withers, beyond the proven professionalism and experience, are speed of execution, promptness of responses and, above all, support for client needs that are different from pure mandate requirements, making them a trusted partner rather than a simple consultant.

The professionals are reliable, present and always available. They are always thinking about possible solutions, proving themselves always open to exploring new paths instead of suggesting the simplest one, and they always try to make things clear and understandable.

Key clients



Soho House


Capgemini Italia

CVZ Casa Vinicola Zonin

Fanuc Italia

Vivienne Westwood

The firm: As the Italian practice of international law firm Withers LLP, 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.

Withers understands the Italian marketplace and how business is done, and, in particular, appreciates the importance of developing personal relationships.

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

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.

Through a network of Italian desks based across Withers’ offices in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and the support of over 60 Italian-speaking lawyers, the Milan and Padua teams provide clients with an integrated international service for cross-border matters.

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

Areas of practice: Business: banking; brands; commercial litigation and arbitration; commercial; corporate; compliance; corporate finance; cultural assets and art; employment; entrepreneurship; insolvency; intellectual property and technology; real estate; sports law; and tax.

Personal: cultural assets and art; employment; family office and family business; legal risk management; litigation; probate and trust management; residential real estate; immigration; tax; trust and succession planning; and wealth structuring.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A
Corporate finance
Family office and family business
IP and technology
International tax
Litigation and arbitration
Luxury assets
Real estate
Trust and succession planning
Wealth structuring
Number of lawyers : 600+
at this office : 40
Associazione Studi Legali Associati
Contact : Roberta Crivellaro (+39 02 8821 4224,
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