Francesco Sbisà


  • Criminal law, with particular focus on:
    • corporate bankruptcy
    • tax offences
    • workplace health and safety
    • medical liability
    • crimes related to the Bank of Italy’s and Consob’s supervisory functions
    • corporate administrative liability
  • Assistance to multinationals: investigated under Italian Legislative Decree No. 231/01
  • Summoned as civilly liable parties in high-profile criminal cases concerning:
    • economic matters
    • environmental matters
    • workplace health and safety
  • Assistance to multinational directors and executive management involved, as defendant or victim, in criminal investigations and court trials

Foreign languages: English, French


  • Member of the Art and Cultural Property Focus Team
  • Member of the Banks Focus Team
  • Member of the Corporate Compliance & Investigations Focus Team
  • Member of the Corporate Governance Focus Team
  • Member of the Environmental Sustainability Focus Team
  • Member of the Luxury Focus Team
  • Member of the Sports Law Focus Team
  • Member of the Tax Litigation Focus Team
  • Joined as a partner in 2014
  • Director of the National School of the Joint Criminal Chambers (2012-2016)
  • Vice President of the Criminal Chamber of Milan (2010-2015)
  • Member of several supervisory bodies of multinational companies


Ranking and Awards

The Chambers & Partners international legal directory lists Francesco as an expert in Italy in white collar crime.


“He is a great lawyer who comes from a classical tradition.”

(Chambers & Partners)


  • Lecturer on the EMBA master’s course run by the Milan Polytechnic Business School
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Territorial School of the Milan Criminal Chamber
  • Collaborator at the University of Milan in the Faculty of Law from 1993-2012 in Comparative Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law
  • Participant in PRIN 2007 as a member of the Milan Research Unit, part of the National Research Program of the University of Florence (2007-2012)
  • Member of the Italian Bar, admitted to practice clients before the Italian Supreme Court
  • Ph.D in comparative criminal procedural law from the University of Milan
  • Law degree from the University of Milan

Knowledge Sharing

Applicability of Legislative Decree No. 231 of 2001 to foreign companies that do not have offices in Italy

For the first time since Legislative Decree No. 231 of 2001 (“Decree 231”) entered into force the Italian Supreme Court expressed its view on the issue of Decree 231’s applicability …

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Dialoghi sulla Corporate Governace: tax matters into Corporate Governance

On 19 November, our Corporate Governance Focus Team held the third meeting of the “Dialoghi sulla Corporate Governance” series. This one was dedicated to the need for BoDs to be involved in and have control over tax matters. Professors, tax experts, prosecutors and tax managers discussed …

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SGR and liability for management and coordination and ex D.Lgs. n. 231/01 for acts of controlled companies

Is the asset management company (SGR) - who acts on behalf of the investment funds - liable for management and coordination ex art. 2497 of the Italian civil code and ex D.Lgs n. 231/01 for acts performed by controlled companies? Yes, according to a recent decision of the Court of Milan. …

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BonelliErede introduces its ESG group - 30 November 2021

BonelliErede has launched a multidisciplinary ESG group in response to the ever more important ESG (environmental, social and governance) challenges facing the corporate world today. The ESG group is an offshoot of the firm’s Corporate Governance Focus Team, which will oversee its work. It br …

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BonelliErede launches Art and Cultural Property Focus Team - 14 September 2016

Created to meet the growing demand for services in this area, the new focus team brings together BonelliErede professionals who have a proven reputation in advising international art galleries, auction houses, museums and cultural foundations, financial institutions and private banks, collector …

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BonelliErede and the Tax Executives Institute host the conference “Tax Climate Change: Managing Tax Risk and Intangibles Post-BEPS” - 15 October 2015

Members of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and BonelliErede – acting as event sponsor – will be playing a key role in the two-day TEI Autumn conference kicking off today in Milan. The conference will provide an arena to discuss the topic “Tax Climate Change: Managing Tax Risk a …

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