Roberta Crivellaro


  • Education: University of Padua, Italy, LL.B equivalent
  • Admitted: Italy - Avvocato, 1994 • England and Wales, 2005
  • Languages spoken: English • Italian
  • Year joined: 2005
  • Year became partner: 2008


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Withers Studio Legale  

Roberta is the Managing Partner of the Italian practice in Milan and responsible for the firm's five Italian desks worldwide. She specialises in corporate and commercial cross-border transactions as well as residential and commercial real estate. She acts as the point of reference for many Italians and their companies doing business around the world and foreign companies and individuals investing in Italy.

Her legal training and experience, 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) with the concepts of Common Law (Anglo Saxon system).

Roberta Crivellaro, who is ‘extremely competent and very knowledgeable’, has developed considerable food and beverage sector expertise.

Legal 500 EMEA,  2016

Roberta Crivellaro’s ‘knowledge of both Italian and other EU laws is a competitive advantage to clients.’

Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

The firm received the Best Place to Work award in 2014 (Top Legal Awards) 

Since 2014, Roberta has been ranked as a 'Recommended Lawyer' by Legal500 EMEA.

In 2012, Roberta was listed in Italian magazine, 'A' , as one of the top 50 women Managers in Italy today.

In 2011, Roberta was named Italian Female Lawyer of the Year by 'Top Legal', Italy’s specialist legal publication and website magazine.

In 2010 Roberta was named one of Italy's 100 Women of Excellence by Elle Italia magazine.


  • Assists Italian food and beverage companies with the opening of their flagship stores/restaurants in the US and in the UK;
  • Acts on behalf of foreign investors on their purchase of a special purposes vehicle in the hotel-tourism sector;
  • Advises numerous Italian companies on the expansion of their activities outside of Italy (agency, distribution and franchising contracts, etc);
  • Provides advice to international high fashion designers on their contracts 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;

Publications and speaking engagements

Roberta has spoken on the following topics:

  • 'Made in Britain: Winter Sales - How to Go About Purchasing a UK target Company and take advantage of Current Market Conditions', Milan, 28 January 2009
  • 'Investing in London and UK Property: Why Now and How to Do It', Milan, 23 April 2009; Vicenza, 24 April 2009
  • 'Investing in US Property: Opportunties and Instruments', Rome, 25 May 2010; Milan, 26 May 2010
  • 'Insolvency in the USA, UK and Italy: Comparison, Similarities and Transferring from One Jurisdiction to Another'
  • Investing in Italian Property – Withers London, 1 February 2013
  • Art. 62 – Ascom Treviso, 11 February 2013
  • Succession and Tax for UK Property Owners – Withers Milan, 28 February 2013
  • Il trust per la difesa del patrimonio familiare del passaggio generazionale – Banca Mediolanum Vicenza,16 May 2013
  • Armonizzazione delle Successioni Internazionali nell'Unione Europea – Un Traguardo Raggiungibile? Withers Milan, 21 Ottober 2014
  • Food Forum Made in Italy Sole 24 ore, 7 November 2014
  • Secondo Food Forum & Made in Italy – Il Sole 24 Ore Milan, 7 November 2014
  • TTIP: Reinforcing Transatlantic Trade: an Opportunity for Growth, American Chamber of Commerce, Verona, 27 March 2015
  • Food & Beverage & TTIP: Italian Sounding, Single Trademark – A Challenge or an Opportunity, Withers, Milan, 1 April 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
  • Let's Debate: Access to Food, Food Safety. EXPO Milan, 10 July 2015
  • 'How to Draft an International Contract According to Italian Law'
  • Future Trends in US and China Wine Markets, 21 January 2016  
  • Private Law and Business – Le cd. Warranties nei contratti di cessione di partecipazioni societarie, 8 April 2016
  • I nuovi modelli per l'export del vino – 7esimo seminario internazionale di marketing del vino, 4 November 2016
  • Lecturer - AIFO's Family Offices Master Programme, 21 November 2016
  • 'Conversazioni sul talent delle donne: Withers campions Italy's female professionals', April - May - July 2017
  • 'Wine Export Management - Corso avanzato export manager', MACH Foundation, 19 May 2017

Roberta is frequently interviewed on various topics by Italian and UK publications including most recently Il Sole 24 Ore, Italia Oggi, Gambero Rossi, TopLegal and Campden FB.


  • Italian Bar
  • Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales
  • International Bar Association
  • British-Italian Law Association
  • Business Club Italia
  • Registered as a European Lawyer with Law Society
  • Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK - Honorary Treasurer
  • Fondazione Bellisario
  • Associazione ValoreD
  • 30% Club

On a personal note

Roberta, a great cook, is a staunch supporter of Jamie Oliver's campaign for healthier food and encourages everyone to eat the Mediterranean option. 


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