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Francesca Petronio



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Francesca Petronio



Francesca has over 20 years’ experience of representing clients in litigation and arbitration cases, with a focus on commercial, restructuring and corporate M&A disputes.

She has wide expertise in white collar crime matters, including internal investigations, administrative and criminal liability and compliance matters under Italian Legislative Decree 231/2001. She also regularly assists clients on a range of issues in connection with compliance programmes, legal risks and data protection law.



Via Ansperto 5

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Admitted as Avvocato, Italy, 1997

Qualified to plead before the Italian Supreme Court, 2010


JD, University of Parma, 1994


Awards & accolades

Finalist in the category “Most important Court Case of the Year” for her assistance to Royal Dutch Shell in the OPL Criminal Case in Italy

Global Investigation Reviews Award, 2022

Shortlisted as “Best in White Collar Crime”

Women in Business Law Awards 2019, IFLR

Finalist as “Compliance Lawyer of the Year” and for “The Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance”

C5 Women in Compliance Awards 2019

Published work

  • Co-author (2023) “Anti-corruption Measures in Italy” in the Elgar Concise Encyclopedia on Corruption Law, Edward Elgar Publishing

  • Co-author (2022) “Delegation of powers and consequences for non-executive directors' liability under Italian law”, Lexology

  • Petronio, F (2022) “Data protection considerations in internal investigations (recent developments)”in IBANET, International Bar Association

  • Co-author (2022) “A Brief Overview of the Recent History of Italian International Anticorruption Laws” in The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement, U.S.: Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory

  • Co-author (2018) “The Secretary of the Board of Directors” Italy: Giuffrè Editore in collaboration with AIGI

  • Petronio, F (2018) “New Law on Whistleblowing in Italy” in Ethic Intelligence.