Roberta Crivellaro



Roberta leads our Italian practice and is a partner in the corporate team.

She concentrates on corporate, commercial and real estate cross-border transactions with particular attention to those where one of the parties are a family office or a family business.

Roberta acts as the point of reference for many Italian companies doing business around the world and for foreign companies and individuals investing in Italy. Her legal training and experience in various jurisdictions, together with an in-depth knowledge of various legal systems and foreign laws, have heightened her ability to synthesise the principles of civil law (european law) and common law (Anglo-Saxon system).

Roberta is the first Italian woman to become a partner of a city firm in London, and is also one of the few female managing partners of a structured Italian law firm.

‘Elle’ magazine quoted her among the first ’100 women of excellence in Italy’ (October 2010).

In 2011, she was elected the first ‘Female Lawyer of the year’ by Toplegal (first Italian monthly legal directory)

‘A’ magazine quoted her as one of the 50 top manager women in Italy (February 2012)

Roberta has been mentioned as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by Legal 500 EMEA in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In 2014, under her guidance, the Italian practice received Toplegal’s annual award as the ‘Best Place to Work’.

In 2018 she featured in Forbes Italia’s ‘Italian Women of Achievement . This list highlights individuals who are active in the areas where Italy plays a major role on the international stage and is one of only two lawyers included.


Lecturer - AIFO ’s Family Offices Master Programme, 2016 - 2018

‘Investing in wine estates in the US: opportunities and regulatory considerations’, Winetowine (Vinitaly), 5-6 December 2017

‘Conversazioni sul talent delle donne: Withers champions Italy’s female professionals’, April - May - July 2017

Lecturer at the Executive Master on Wine Export Management, organized by Edmund Mach Foundation, May 2017

I nuovi modelli per l’export del vino - 7esimo seminario internazionale di marketing del vino, 4 November 2016

‘Private Law and Business - Le cd. Warranties nei contratti di cessione di partecipazioni societarie’, 8 April 2016

‘Future Trends in US and China Wine Markets’, 21 January 2016

‘Let’s Debate: Access to Food, Food Safety’, EXPO Milan - 10 July 2015

‘Women at the TOP: Companies of Excellence in the Spotlight. Padua and its Talented Women: Science, Innovation and Research - Vocation and Planning’, Padua - 14 May 2015

‘Food & Beverage & TTIP: Italian Sounding, Single Trademark - A Challenge or an Opportunity’, Withers, Milan - 1 April 2015

‘TTIP: Reinforcing Transatlantic Trade: an Opportunity for Growth’, American Chamber of Commerce, Verona - 27 March 2015

‘Secondo Forum Food & Made in Italy’ - IlSole24Ore, 7 November 2014

‘Made in Britain: Winter Sales - How to Go About Purchasing a UK target Company and take advantage of Current Market Conditions’

‘Armonizzazione delle Successioni Internazionali nell’Unione Europea - Un Traguardo Raggiungibile?’ Withers Milan, 21 Ottober 2014

‘Il trust per la difesa del patrimonio familiare del passaggio generazionale’ - Banca Mediolanum Vicenza,16 May 2013

‘Succession and Tax for UK Property Owners’ - Withers Milan, 28 February 2013

‘Art. 62’ - Ascom Treviso, 11 February 2013

‘Investing in Italian Property’ - Withers London 1 February 2013

‘Insolvency in the USA, UK and Italy: Comparison, Similarities and Transferring from One Jurisdiction to Another’

‘Investing in US Property: Opportunties and Instruments’

‘Investing in London and UK Property: Why Now and How to Do It’

Track record

Provides ongoing assistance to Italian food and beverage companies with the opening of flagship stores/restaurants in the US and in the UK.

Provides assistance to foreign investors in their purchase of SPV active in the touristic sector.

Assistance to numerous Italian companies in the process of internationalization (drafting of agency, distribution, franchising agreements, etc.).

Assistance to famous international fashion stylists with reference to their agreements with Italian fashion houses.

Provided advice to an American State on its supervision of one of the largest transactions ever to be completed between an Italian and a US company.





‘Franchising contract in the United States of America: franchisor’s disclosure obligations’, Problematiche giuridiche per l’impresa - un’antologia

Roberta has given many interviews on various subjects to Italian and English media; among the most recent are the following: Forbes Italia, Il Sole24Ore, Italia Oggi, Legalcommunity, Toplegal and Campden FB.

‘Le 100 Donne Italiane Vincenti’, Forbes Italia, April 2018

‘L’avvocatessa dei billionaires’, Forbes Italia, January 2018

‘I paesi piu’ attraenti per gli studi legali’, Legal - Mercati e Business, 18 March 2017

‘Le Signore del Diritto scalano la governance delle law firm’, Italia Oggi, 6 March 2017

‘Contratti & co,: gli errori da non commettre nella definizione di un rapport commercial all’estero’, WineMeridian, 5 August 2016

I am an advocate of equal opportunities for women in the workplace

From the first day I started studying law at Padua University I knew I wanted to be an international lawyer dealing with corporate/real estate cross border issues. In particular, I enjoyed learning about different systems of law - civil and common law, which proved to be most appropriate as I now deal with these differences on a daily basis.

I also love to travel, both within Italy and to other countries, which my job entails.

To relax and wind down, during my free time I cook and am a big fan of the Mediterranean diet. Healthy food is a must at home. When my children were in primary school, I sent them off with packed lunches to be sure they were eating correctly.

I am an advocate of equal opportunities for women in the workplace and in particular in the legal profession. At Withers, there are many women in senior positions, which I find most inspiring.

Me in a minute

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Professional advisers
  • Families and family offices
  • Farms and estates
  • Hotels and hospitality
  • Food and drink
  • Fashion
  • Brands
  • Private companies

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+39 02 8821 4224  Phone
+39 02 2900 2161  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Padua, Italy, LL.B, Equivalent
Year of First Admission:
1994, Italy - Avvocato; 2005, England and Wales


Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano

Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales

International Bar Association

British-Italian Law Association

Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK - Honorary Treasurer

Fondazione Bellisario

30% Club

English and Italian
Birth Information:
Padua, Italy, 1966

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