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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.

"Francesca Petronio masters the art of the litigation, providing clients with the right advice during the whole process." Chambers Europe 2022 (Dispute Resolution: Italy)

"Francesca is a good lawyer, and it is a pleasure to work with her because she has the ability to analyse deeply each element of the claim." Chambers Europe 2022 (Dispute Resolution: Italy)

"Francesca Petronio is fantastic. She is very good at bridging Italian law with foreign clients.” Chambers Europe 2022 (Dispute Resolution: Italy)

“Francesca Petronio is a prominent lawyer who advises on anti-bribery international programmes.” Chambers 2022 (Compliance: Italy)

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Publications: 13 April 2023

A&O Italy Podcast – Episode 3: New Italian arbitration rules… "That’s amore? "

The reform of the rules on arbitration came into effect on the 1st of March in Italy. Will the reform contribute to making Italy a more arbitration-friendly jurisdiction?

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Admitted as Avvocato, Italy, 1997

Qualified to plead before the Italian Supreme Court, 2010


JD, University of Parma, 1994


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.

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