Family business reorganizations
Roberta is active in family business reorganizations, regularly assisting prominent Italian families with complex successions and corporate restructuring issues. In addition, she often advises on M&A transactions on behalf of the founders of family businesses.
Italian real estate advice
Roberta is a leading expert in Italian real estate. By way of example, she provides ongoing assistance to an international luxury club and hospitality complex that has invested in new concept hotels in Italy. She is also very active in trophy asset transactions where one of the parties is often a foreign investor.
Wine industry advice
Due to her long-standing experience in the food & beverage sector, with a particular focus on wine, Roberta provides ongoing assistance to some of Italy's most prominent wine producers and organisations. She acts for them in various matters such as M&A, joint ventures, acquisitions of wine estates and a variety of commercial agreements especially in relation to their international activities.
In 2021 Roberta was listed in LegalCommunity's annual rankings of the 50 best business lawyers in Italy, one of only five women.
Roberta often participates as a leading speaker and moderator in various events and round tables. Amongst her latest featured events and webinars:
"Wine Calling: Strategies for investing in US wineries," Withers presentation for select Italian clients - January 27, 2022, co-presenter
'Covid-19 and hospitality: challenges and future of the sector', Webinar in partnership with Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, World Capital, Silver Fir Capital, Currie & Brown and Credit Agricole, May 2020
'Generational succession in Italian SMEs', Webinar in partnership with Milano Notai and Bocconi University, AIDAF, May 2020
Ambrosetti - Withers: 'Governance, tutela del patrimonio e continuità generazionale nelle imprese familiari', ('Governance, wealth planning and generation continuity in family business'), Arcugnano (Vicenza, Italy), September 2019
'Facciamo 31': 'Thinking out of the box', September 2019
STEP Annual Italy Congress: 'The new vocabulary in Wealth Planning' - 'Family businesses: governance and succession agreements; evolution and proposals' November 2019 (and previous STEP annual congresses)
Lecturer - AIFO's Family Offices Master Programme, 2016 - 2020
'Investing in wine estates in the US: opportunities and regulatory considerations', Winetowine (Vinitaly), December 2017
'Conversations on women talent: 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