France: Product Liability Defence 2018

This year’s research shines the spotlight on 23 esteemed product liability lawyers. The practitioners listed here have been highly recommended for their vast experience advising and defending corporates, financial institutions and insurance companies in disputes and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas Rouhette Hogan Lovells, Paris
2. Emmanuèle Lutfalla SCP Soulie & Coste-Floret, Paris
3. Jacques-Antoine Robert Simmons & Simmons, Paris

HOGAN LOVELLS achieves an impressive four listings in this chapter.
Thomas Rouhette “enjoys a very good reputation for product liability work” and comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike for his expert handling of complex disputes and regulatory matters.
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis stands out in the product liability space for “her creative solutions and strategic understanding of the many cases she works on”.  One client notes, “She is a great communicator.” 
Cécile Derycke impresses peers with her strong litigation practice and intricate regulatory knowledge. She is regularly engaged in major disputes and draws high praise from peers who note, “She does excellent work in the life sciences sector.”
Christine Gateau stands out as “a very impressive lawyer” who provides pragmatic and strategic advice in complex product liability cases.

Three standout individuals from HMN & PARTNERS’ renowned product liability group are listed here.
Simon Ndiaye enjoys “an outstanding reputation” for his superb litigation practice. Peers say, “He is famous for aviation accident cases,” and is a go-to representative for major insurance companies.
Gérard Honig is a prominent figure in the market who “is very well known” for his strong dispute resolution practice and experience spanning the aviation and pharmaceutical sectors.
The “excellent” Bernard Mettetal is a seasoned litigator with vast experience representing major corporations and insurers in the manufacturing industry.  

ALLEN & OVERY sees two practitioners listed here.
Denis Chemla heads the firm’s litigation practice and receives wide-ranging endorsements for his extensive expertise defending corporate clients and financial institutions across the aviation sector.
Erwan Poisson is a trusted adviser to major domestic and foreign companies in complex product liability disputes. He has outstanding experience in the aviation industry and comes highly recommended for his product liability work in the space.

Two highly regarded practitioners from SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS are featured here.
Valérie Ravit is described as “a very smart lawyer and excellent defence counsel” by peers who highlight her impressive advocacy in healthcare sector litigation proceedings. 
Peers say that Carole Sportes “has an excellent reputation” for handling complex disputes. She is held in high esteem as “an excellent lawyer for aviation matters”.

SCP SOULIE & COSTE-FLORET’s Emmanuèle Lutfalla is praised as “a great lawyer” and is highly recommended for the sophisticated counsel she provides to producers and manufacturers.

SIMMONS & SIMMONS is home to Jacques-Antoine Robert who is described as “an eminent practitioner” by peers who add, “He is very strong for product liability work in the life sciences sector.”             

Vonnick Le Guillou is a leading name at DLA PIPER who is highly commended for her expert handling of multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes.

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