Ugo Privitera

Ugo Privitera: Attorney with Studio Legale Withers
  • Avvocato (Italian qualified lawyer) - REL at Studio Legale Withers
  • Piazza Missori 3, Milan, Italy 20123
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Ugo is an associate in the private client and tax division and is a dual qualified Italian lawyer and English Solicitor.

Ugo mainly advises clients on international succession and trust planning as well as on complex cross-border inheritance matters with a particular focus on English and Italian conflict of laws issues, also in the context of high-profile litigation. His practice includes assisting international high-net and ultra-high-net worth individuals and families, their advisors or trustees, with English, Italian and EU substantive and tax issues.

Ugo has gained experience also in English and Italian family law matters, with a particular emphasis on issues regarding jurisdiction over separation and divorce proceedings, the analysis of matrimonial regimes applicable to ‘international couples’, the validity and effectiveness of nuptial agreements in different jurisdictions and the impact of all the foregoing factors on estate and tax planning matters.

As part of the process to qualify as a Solicitor, Ugo has spent six months working in each of the following English departments of the firm: Wealth Planning, Family, Corporate (Milan) and Litigation & Arbitration.

Ugo has been based in London since he joined the firm in 2010 and, up to the end of August 2014, worked with the UK Italian Desk on matters with a main Italian angle. At the UK Italian Desk, Ugo has gained expertise on international succession and estate planning, with particular emphasis on the analysis of conflict of law issues and the application of private international laws, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. As an avvocato, he has also built a significant expertise on investments in the Italian real estate market, assisting both on residential and commercial purchases and in asset and share deals.

He has also expertise in a range of commercial matters (e.g. agency, distribution, licence), having provided general commercial support to UK, Italian and international corporate clients, also in contentious contexts. He also has knowledge in the use and application of international conventions and European laws applicable to international contracts as well as on jurisdictional issues and the enforcement of foreign judgments.


Prenuptial agreements in the UK - - Speaker at an international conference organised by the Milan Bar Association (11 December 2015)

Track record

Assisting New Zealand trustees on the implications for the trust arising from an underlying multi-million litigation between the beneficiaries

Negotiating and implementing a settlement agreement between heirs, based both in the UK and in Italy, for a high net worth individual in the context of a succession whereby Italian forced heirship rules applied.

Advising a UK high net worth individual who inherited an estate with worldwide assets settled in trusts and corporate structures in relation to a claim put forward by his siblings on the basis of the Italian forced heirship rules.

Assisting on complex international probate matters where estates include assets in various jurisdictions, including the use of double tax treaties.

Advising on the acquisition of Italian real estate by a trust based in the UK and dealing with the subsequent agreements entered into by the trustees to start up a hospitality business.

Assisting a world-renowned client active in the fashion industry with managing his licence relationship with an Italian fashion house which was then put into liquidation.

Advising and assisting a leading and multi-award winning provider of in-flight entertainment on its numerous claims against and/or put forward by the liquidators of an Italian airline.

Advising and representing Italian local authority on complex and multi-million pound interest rate swaps litigation against two UK-based banks.



Areas of Practice (3)

  • Luxury assets
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Italy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+44 (0)20 7597 6012  Phone
+44 (0)20 7597 6543  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Catania, Law, Masters
Year of First Admission:
2013, Italy; 2017, England and Wales


European Lawyer registered with the SRA ( REL )

Member of the Italian Bar

Member of the Catania Bar Association (Avvocato)

Solicitors Regulation Authority (Solicitor)

Italian and English
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