Francesca Petronio

Delfino Willkie Farr

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Delfino Willkie Farr
Milan, IA
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Francesca Petronio has extensive experience in litigation, cross-border disputes and litigation, domestic and international arbitration, bankruptcy, corporate litigation matters. She specializes in white collar crimes, administrative and criminal liability and compliance matters under Legislative Decree 231/2001, and also assists domestic and international clients in internal investigations and defends them before regulatory authorities or in the context of criminal investigations. She also regularly assists clients on compliance programs-related issues, legal risks and data protection law.

She is regularly invited to speak on various legal topics in Italy and abroad and is also a contributor to law and economic publications and newspapers.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Ranked as leading individual and team by Chambers Global 2021 and by  Chambers Europe 2021 in the Dispute resolution and Compliance section regarding Italy
  •  Recommended as leading White Collar Crime practitioners in Italy by Euromoney's Expert Guides in 2020 and 2021
  • Shortlisted as “Best in white collar crime” by IFLR 2019 for the Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Law Awards 2019
  • Named Dispute resolution lawyer of the year at the 2018 Awards held by the publishing group Le Fonti
  • Shortlisted as finalist at the C5 Women in Compliance Awards 2019 as Compliance Lawyer of the Year, The Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance, and with her team as Regulatory Firm of the Year, Fraud & Corruption Investigation Team of the Year
  • Named Best Regulatory Firm of the Year at the International Women in Compliance Awards 2017, shortlisted as finalist as Compliance Lawyer of the Year in Women in Compliance Awards 2018
  • Only Italian professional named among the 100 Remarkable Women in Investigations from around the world by the Global Investigation Review 2015
  • Ranked as leading individual and team by The Legal 500 2019 in the Dispute resolution section and as practice co-head in the Compliance section regarding Italy
  • Named Litigation Lawyer of the Year at the Top Legal Awards 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member of the Milan Bar Association since 1997
  • Officer of the International Bar Association and Quality Officer of IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee
  • Admitted to practice before Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation
  • Lecturer at the National School for In-house counsels of AIGI since 2011
  • Co-founder of the Arbitrando association (


  • University of Parma, Italy J.D., 1994 (magna cum laude)
  • Attended a post-graduate course on Italian Bankruptcy Law in 2007

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Crime