France: Product Liability Defence 2019

In this chapter we recognise 27 lawyers who have been selected for their outstanding expertise and experience in domestic and international product liability disputes across a broad range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Cécile Derycke Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, Paris
2. Thomas Rouhette Signature Litigation Paris, Paris
3. Simon Ndiaye HMN & Partners, Paris
4. Jacques-Antoine Robert Simmons & Simmons, Paris

Signature Litigation achieves highly in this year’s research, with its practitioners achieving three listings this year.
Global Elite Thought Leaders Thomas Rouhette is a pre-eminent figure in the French market. He has 30 years of litigation experience, and has particular expertise in product liability cases pertaining to the life sciences sector.
Emmanuèle Lutfalla draws recommendations from peers across the EU, the USA and Asia. She has over 26 years of experience representing insurers and reinsurers in product liability matters.
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis stands out in the market for her highly respected product liability, toxic tort and mass litigation expertise.

HMN & Partners also performs impressively, with three listings in total for its lawyers.   
Simon Ndiaye is a very well-known name” in the market who is identified as one of the top product liability practitioners in France this year. He excels in advising large insurance companies on domestic and international product liability litigation.
Bernard Mettetal has “an excellent reputation” among peers in France, and has over 40 years of experience handling international litigation regarding product liability claims on behalf of insurers.
Gérard Honig is described by market commentators as “a prominent name in the field”, known for his work on product liability matters with a special focus on the aviation sector.

Hogan Lovells’ Cécile Derycke is “a truly outstanding lawyer” who ranks as one of the titans of the French product liability defence market. Her practice focuses on multi-jurisdictional life sciences cases.

Christine Gateau is a "top-notch lawyer” and “one of the best in her field”, say peers. She is noted for “handling many international high-profile, high-stakes cases” and is well versed in representing clients before the civil and commercial courts in France.

Jacques-Antoine Robert of Simmons & Simmons is one of the leading names in the market who is “extremely well known for life sciences work”.

Vonnick Le Guillou at DLA Piper is “a highly respected name” and “a strong pick for aviation matters”. She has over 30 years of experience as a litigator in international product liability matters pertaining to the aerospace industry.

Erwan Poisson with Allen & Overy focuses on representing clients in the banking and finance sectors in liability matters and shareholder disputes.
Denis Chemla is a well-established figure in the French market who stands out as “one of the best” when it comes to product liability and regulatory defence matters.

At Squire Patton Boggs, Carole Sportes is lauded as “an excellent opponent” by peers. She leads the dispute resolution practice, and focuses on product liability litigation pertaining to the insurance, aviation and pharmaceutical sectors.
Valérie Ravit is “a great competitor” say sources, who is well regarded for her impressive expertise handling product liability and risk-related litigation. 

Simon Foreman at Courrégé Foreman is one who peers “highly respect in the product liability space”. He is described as “an outstanding lawyer who does lot of aviation work”.

Benoit Charot of Reed Smith is credited for his product liability work in asbestos cases as well as commercial proceedings pertaining to breach of contract and contractual liability.

Laurent Martinet with Dechert is well versed in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes across the chemic, energy, IT, and aviation sectors. One peer says, “When we are conflicted we refer our cases to him.”  

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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