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.
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.
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.
England and Wales, 2005
Roberta is often contacted by major Italian newspapers, such as ‘Corriere della Sera’ and ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’, to provide her insights on the food and beverage sector (especially with regard to the wine market) and on the real estate market in Italy, in relation to hotels and hospitality.
Amongst her latest feature articles and publications:
‘Pink Power’, Italia Oggi Sette, 2020
‘Flessibilità e condivisione dei ruoli in famiglia’, (‘Flexibility and sharing of family roles’) Il Sole 24 Ore, 2020
‘I consigli di Roberta Crivellaro per fare carriera come avvocata’, (‘Roberta Crivellaro advises on legal careers for women’), 2019, Corriere della Sera
‘Le 100 donne Italiane vincenti’, (‘The top100 Italian female winners’), Forbes Italy, 2018
"L’avvocatessa dei billionaires", (‘Lawyer to the billionaires’), Forbes Italy, 2018
‘I paesi più attraenti per gli studi legali’, (‘the most attractive countries for law firms’), Market and Business Magazine, March 2017
‘Le signore del diritto scalano la governance delle law firm’, (‘Women Lawyers move up in the governance of law firms ‘) Italia Oggi, March 2017
STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales
International Bar Association
British-Italian Law Association
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
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.