Roberta Crivellaro


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

Roberta is also European Leader of our business division and heads our ‘Italian Desks’ worldwide.

She is leading partner in the Italian corporate and real estate teams and specialises in all aspects of corporate and real estate domestic and cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on food & beverage and hospitality sectors.

Roberta acts as the point of reference for many prominent Italian companies, family offices and family businesses doing business around the world, and foreign companies and HNWI investing in Italy.

Her long-lasting experience in different jurisdictions, together with an in-depth knowledge of various legal systems and foreign laws, strengthen her ability to make full use of both the principles of civil law (European law) and common law (Anglo-Saxon system), being dual qualified both in Italy and in England and Wales.

Roberta is the first Italian woman to become a partner of a City law firm in London; she is also one of the few female managing partners of a major Italian law firm.

A leading figure in the Italian legal market, Roberta has gained numerous awards throughout her career.

Among her latest recognitions, she has been mentioned for several years (including 2020) as "Leading Lawyer" in the food sector by the international directory Legal 500 EMEA.

The Italian legal directory "LegalCommunity" listed Roberta amongst the Best-50 Italian lawyers in Italy in 2019, mentioning her ‘remarkable professional skills’ and her ‘strong leadership ability’. In addition, the same publication in 2020 listed her amongst the few female managing partners of a law firm in Italy, therefore contributing to an important change within the Italian legal market, historically led by men.

She was listed in Forbes Italy’s top tier 100 legal and strategic consultants in Italy in 2018 and also featured in Forbes Italy’s ‘Italian Women of Achievement’, - one of only two lawyers on this list - which highlights major individuals active in the areas where Italy plays a role on the international stage.

Her team was recognised as ‘Transatlantic Private Client Team of the Year 2018’ in the USA for its structuring advice to the Mayor of Venice, and won the LegalCommunity Award for best advisors to the food sector in Italy in 2019.

She teaches and lectures on several master courses, such as AIFO master (The Italian Association of Family Offices) and the Bocconi University AIDAF course (the Italian Association of Family Businesses).

A strong advocate of female empowerment, she is also recognised as one of the most outstanding representatives of female leadership in Italy and is frequently interviewed on the topic by the Italian media.

Секретарь Claudia Rinaldi


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 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

‘Roberta Crivellaro has enviable technical competence.’

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Track record





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.

Italy, 1994

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

STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales

International Bar Association

British-Italian Law Association

Fondazione Bellisario

30% Club

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

В двух словах о себе

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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