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Francesca Petronio


Francesca has over 25 years’ experience of representing clients in litigation and arbitration cases, with a focus on complex commercial, restructuring, energy 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.  

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

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris, 06/2018
  • Speaker, OECD – 2nd Annual International Conference on “National anti-corruption guidelines: establishing dialogue between the public and private sectors”, Paris, 11/09/2017
  • Speaker, “Double Jeopardy and Managing Risks in Cross-Border Investigations and Prosecutions”, IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, Paris, 13/06/2017 

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Co-founder of Arbitrando, an Italian association to promote the use of arbitration.
  • Member of the whistleblowing working group created by AITRA (Italian Association for Transparency and Anti-Corruption)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of AODV231, The Association of Members of the Supervisory Bodies pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001 (Associazione dei Componenti degli Organismi di Vigilanza ex D.Lgs. 231/2001)


Francesca Petronio masters the art of the litigation, providing clients with the right advice during the whole process.
Chambers Europe 2023 (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 2023 (Dispute Resolution: Italy)


  • 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
  • “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” Le Fonti (Italy), 2018



Admitted as Avvocato, Italy, 1997
Qualified to plead before the Italian Supreme Court, 2010


JD, University of Parma, 1994


Italian, English
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.