Francesca Rolla

Francesca Rolla


Email francesca.rolla@​

Phone +39 02 720 2521

Fax +39 02 72025252

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Francesca Rolla is described as "very skilled and precise." She heads the dispute resolution team in Italy and has an impressive portfolio of experience.

Chambers Global 2016

With almost 30 years' experience, Francesca Rolla's activity spans almost all areas of contentious work (from product liability litigation, mass torts and white collar crimes to corporate and commercial litigation) across industry sectors as diverse as life sciences, automotive, insurance and consumers goods. She is the head of our Italian Litigation practice and of the Investigations, White Collar & Fraud group in Italy. She is also one of the Litigation practice's primary liaisons to the firm's global Aerospace, Defense, and Government Services sector team.

Be it a corporate dispute, a class action or a complex commercial litigation, domestic or cross border, before State courts of Arbitral tribunals, Francesca is at the forefront of Italian litigators, with the ability to "translate the obscure Italian proceedings into easily understandable language". Drawing on her extensive experience in product liability and mass tort litigation and in non-contentious advice (such as on product safety and product compliance), combined with industry expertise, Francesca also advises on remedies and strategies to manage potential exposure to criminal or regulatory investigations and assists in conducting internal investigations, representing clients before regulatory or criminal authorities when investigations are eventually commenced.

Francesca is ranked as Leading Individual in Chambers, Legal 500, and Who'sWho Legal for Dispute Resolution, Life sciences and Product Liability. She won the 2015 Euromoney LGM European Woman in Business Law Award as best in Product Liability and the 2014 ILO Client Choice Award for Product Liability.  She is listed as Life Science Star for Italy by LGM Life Sciences.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Dispute Resolution, Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA


Legal 500 EMEA


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
Legal 500 EMEA


Woman in Business Law Award for Product Liability
Woman in Business Law Award


Best lawyer for Product Liability in Italy
ILO Client Choice Award


"Clients assert that Francesca Rolla 'knows the peculiarities and is able to translate the obscure Italian proceedings into easily understandable language'."
Chambers Global


"Head of department Francesca Rolla is described by sources as an 'experienced life sciences adviser - very knowledgeable, skilled and reliable'."
Chambers Europe - Life Sciences


'Co-operative, prompt and precise’
Legal 500 - Dispute Resolution


" Francesca Rolla heads Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s life sciences team, which ‘perfectly knows the global market’.
Legal 500 - Healthcare and Life Sciences


Francesca Rolla ‘combines legal knowledge with a practical and business-oriented approach’
Legal 500 EMEA


'She is a good presenter and has a human touch, and is very convincing in terms of how she brings the arguments across'
Chambers Europe


Dispute Resolution (Italy)
Chambers Global

Education and admissions


Law Degree magna cum laude, Università Statale di Milano, Milano, 1988

Department of Economics and Political Science, University College London, 1985


International Association of Defence Counsel ("IADC")

International Bar Association (IBA)

Representative experience

Product litigation and compliance assistance for major U.S. and European life sciences companies, including advice on criminal investigations and proceedings

Defending companies in a range of industries (automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, electronics, tobacco) in individual and multi-party product liability claims

Successfully assisting a leading tobacco manufacturer in the first product-related class action filed in Italy

Assisting a American multinational technology company with internal investigations and defence in the pending criminal investigations

Defending a Fortune 500 multinational in product compliance criminal investigations and in the parallel proceedings before the Italian Regulatory Safety Authority

Representing a German renewable energy company in criminal investigations (including money laundering, fraud, violation of public regulations on building permits)

Assisting clients of different industries (automotive; chemical; consumer, life sciences, luxury) in contractual disputes (distribution, supply and agency agreements)

Representing clients in diverse industries (energy, infrastructures, IT, luxury, consumers goods) in post M&A arbitrations for breach of Representations and Warranties

Assisting an international manufacturing company in two follow on actions brought before the Courts of Bologna and Genoa by more than 70 companies claiming damages

Assisting a beverage corporation in a complex commercial dispute in Italy and abuse of dominance, breach of contract and millionaire debt recovery

Advising a world leader company in transport and energy infrastructure in respect of bribery and corruption carried out by employees of the company seconded abroad

Defending a University in a landmark litigation over ownership of an estate in Italy, over 800m US$ worth, bequeathed to our client

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