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.

Roberta was listed in 2019 Forbes Italia top tier 100 legal and strategic consultants in Italy.

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. Also, within the same year, Roberta and her team won ‘Transatlantic Private Client Team of the Year 2018’ in the USA.

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’.

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

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

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


Roberta Crivellaro coordinated a team providing English and Italian advice to assist Italia del Gusto in setting up a UK company for the first digital multi-brand Italian food platform in the UK. The team was readily available and attentive to our needs, and we particularly appreciated their professionalism and competence.

Italia del Gusto

Italy practice managing partner Roberta Crivellaro, who divides time between Milan and Padua, has extensive expertise in the food and beverage sector.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

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

Legal 500 EMEA, 2016

Roberta is highly professional, rapid and knowledgeable, always focused on the substance of the matter and delivery time.

Legalcommunity M&A directory, 2017

Roberta Crivellaro is recommended for her ‘sound knowledge of the wine industry and high level of professionalism’.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

The ‘business-savvy’ Roberta Crivellaro has ‘extraordinary talent’.

Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

‘Upfront and commercially adept’ managing partner Roberta Crivellaro is the head of the food practice group at Withers Studio Legale.

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Managing partner Roberta Crivellaro ‘focuses on the end goals of the business’.

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Roberta Crivellaro, who is the head of Withers Studio Legale’s Italian practice, is particularly experienced in undertaking corporate and commercial work for clients in the food and beverage sector.

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

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

Legal 500 Europe, 2020

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.).

Italy, 1994

England and Wales, 2005

‘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

Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano

Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales

International Bar Association

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

En resumen sobre mí

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.



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