Francesca Rolla

Francesca Rolla
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Who's Who Legal Product Liability Defence

With over 25 years' experience and admitted to plead before higher courts, Francesca Rolla has led the Italian litigation and arbitration practice at Hogan Lovells since 2001 (and since 2009, the investigations, white collar and fraud department). She is also the Italian representative of the firm's class action practice.

Recognised as one of the leading experts in product liability in Italy, Francesca assists her clients throughout the product life cycle, from advising on safety, compliance and liability issues, through to managing recalls and defending claims associated with marketed products, including product-related B2B litigations and supply chain disputes.

She has extensive experience and an impressive track record of wins, having handled most of the landmark and most complex product liability cases in Italy, both for international and national clients operating in industry sectors as diverse as life sciences, automotive, aviation, industrial equipment, electronics, consumer goods, IT and new technologies. She has litigated and won hundreds of court cases at all instances (including the supreme court and the constitutional court), often in the context of multi-jurisdictional litigations. She also has significant experience in mass tort and multi-party litigations and has successfully handled the first product liability related class action brought in Italy under the 2010 class action law.

Drawing on her extensive experience in product liability and mass tort litigation and in non-contentious advice, combined with her industry understanding, Francesca also advises clients on strategies to mitigate litigation risks, to adopt pre-litigation remedies, and in settlement negotiations. She also provides strategic assistance to manage potential exposure to criminal or regulatory investigations, advising clients on how to avoid the legal, commercial and reputational risks posed by investigations and prosecutions, and assists in conducting internal investigations, representing clients before criminal or other public authorities when investigations are eventually commenced.

At the forefront of Italian litigators, Francesca is singled out for her "strong experience in litigation". Clients praise the fact that she is "very proactive and a very easy person to reach out to" and offers "relevant, effective and tailored strategies for each matter".

Francesca is ranked as a leading lawyer by the major legal directories, such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal for product liability, dispute resolution and life sciences. She won the 2015 Euromoney LMG European Woman in Business Law Award and the ILO Client Choice Award in 2014 and has been named as Acritas Star in 2017 and 2018.

Francesca is a member of the International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC) and of its EMEA executive committee. She is author of several publications on product liability issues and regularly speaks at seminars and conferences.

Beyond the professional arena, Francesca Rolla also shows her leadership and decision making role as co-champion in the citizenship and pro bono panel for continental Europe at Hogan Lovells, proactively encouraging new initiatives across the region. She is also the partner responsible for all citizenship and pro bono activities in Italy and is involved, also as a speaker, in events organised by the leading CSR players in Italy.

WWL says: Francesca Rolla is “a very impressive practitioner” who offers clients over 25 years’ experience representing clients on matters including life sciences, automotive and consumer goods.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

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