Francesca Gesualdi’s practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration.

She regularly represents domestic and foreign clients in a wide range of disputes, including class actions, involving corporate, commercial, banking and financial matters, as well as bankruptcy and competition issues across numerous industries, including energy and media.

Francesca joined the firm in 2002. From 2002 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2012, she was resident in the Rome office. From 2006 to 2007 she was resident in the New York office.

Selected Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee (2023-2027), and responsible for continuing legal education, of the Commission for International Relations (CRINT) of the Milan Bar Council
  • Member of the Committee for The Relations with BigLaw of the Milan Bar Council

  • Member of the Italian Society of International Law
  • Visiting student at U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, on a scholarship granted by the University of Milan 
  • Fulbright Scholar


Italy Enacts Comprehensive Civil Justice and Arbitration System Reform,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, October 27, 2022

The First Birthday of the New Italian Class Action Rules,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, May 19, 2022

The Milan Chamber of Arbitration Adopts New Measures in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 30, 2020

Italy’s New Measures to Mitigate the Economic Effects of COVID-19,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 9, 2020 

Italy’s Economic Measures to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 12, 2020

Italy and COVID-19 – Practical and Legal Guidance on Key Business Issues,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 12, 2020

“The Civil Law Consequences of Corruption Under the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts: An Analysis in Light of International Arbitration Practice,” The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts (Ius Comparatum—Global Studies in Comparative Law), Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2015

“El Derecho del Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Italia,” in Selected Issues on International Arbitration: The Italian Perspective, Thomson Reuters (co-authors: F. Emanuele, M. Molfa), 2014

“Conflictos de Interés de los árbitros. Deber de revelación y deber de declaración de los árbitros,” in Tercer Número del Anuario Latinoamericano de Arbitraje (diretto da Carlo. A. Soto Coaguila - Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje), in corso di pubblicazione (co-author: F. Emanuele)

“The Law of International Commercial Arbitration in Italy” in Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Europa (Aspectos Actuales y Regímenes Jurídicos), Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre, 2013 (co-author: F. Emanuele)