Firm Profile > Signature Litigation AARPI > Paris, France

Signature Litigation AARPI
49/51 avenue George V
75008
France

Aviation Tier 1

Signature Litigation AARPI has established a strong practice following the arrival of Thomas Rouhette from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP in January 2019. The team represents high-profile clients including airlines, constructors, and insurers in litigation, with several cross-border cases. It is a popular choice for commercial and product liability cases relating to high-profile accidents, where it acts for constructors and insurers against customer claims. The team's record in litigation has enabled it to gain several major mandates, including cases of significant public interest.

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Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Continental Motors Inc.

Global Aerospace

Rolls-Royce Plc

Compliance Tier 2

Few months after opening its Paris office at the beginning of 2019, UK firm Signature Litigation AARPI attracted Nicolas Brooke to its bench. Brooke joined from a general counsel position at Société Générale where he earned a wealth of experience overseeing groundbreaking international and domestic investigations targeting the bank, notably playing a key role in reaching a settlement for his bank in the LIBOR case with the French, US and Japanese authorities and the European Commission. Brooke further managed a landmark case regarding corruption of Libyan public officials which led to simultaneous settlements with the US Department of Justice and the French Parquet National Financier. Brooke's unique experience is now highly sought after by companies and individuals seeking to set up compliance programmes or assistance with domestic and international investigations.

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Testimonials

‘Nicolas Brooke has outstanding professional skills and shows a good sense of strategy. His previous experience as general counsel led him to play a key role in the negotiations of multi-jurisdictional settlements with prosecution authorities; he thus perfectly knows the international investigations environment.’

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Opened in January 2019, UK litigation firm Signature Litigation AARPI has high flying ambitions in Paris. The 12-lawyer boutique was founded by two former key lawyers in Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's Paris office -  Thomas Rouhette and Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, as well as insurance partner Emmanuèle Lutfalla , who came from insurance boutique Soulié & Coste Floret. The firm already manages an impressive caseload covering product liability and insurance matters and multi-jurisdictional cases.  Rouhette notably handles high-profile disputes in the aviation sector relating to airline disasters. He also deals with significant corporate, commercial and financial cases. Gallage-Alwis is making a name for herself for high-profile toxic tort and product liability cases, handing a number of asbestos claims.  Lutfalla meanwhile is acting for Allianz following a nuclear accident in the West of France. The firm was also retained by Renault to assist with a domestic governmental inquiry into diesel emissions.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides high-quality and irreproachable work’.

‘Thomas Rouhette is practical and provides client-oriented advice’.

Key clients

Allianz

AXA

Boeing

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Emerson

Euralis

Ferroglobe

GE

Honeywell

Meritor

Mersen

Renault

Société Générale

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Ugitech

Gibraltar > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Boutique disputes practice Signature Litigation specialises in high-value commercial litigation, contentious trusts and estates matters, regulatory issues and insolvency cases. Much of the work involves cross-border elements. Elliott Phillips, who is a specialist in international trusts and estates disputes, is the main contact. His practice also covers civil fraud, asset tracing, insolvency and shareholder disputes. Associate Steven De Lara is also recommended.

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Key clients

GibFibre Limited

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

BWIN GVC Holdings (Gibraltar) Limited

Fidux Trust Company

Signature Litigation is best known as a unique model commercial litigation and arbitration practice with a unique “all member” economic structure. The firm has no transactional practice, and therefore very few conflicts of interest, and none of the distractions which come with a multi-practice law firm with offices across many jurisdictions.

Signature Litigation was founded in 2012 by senior lawyers with many years’ experience in leading practices, specialising in high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. Headquartered in London, with offices in Paris and Gibraltar, the firm was founded to meet the increased demand for highly experienced litigation and arbitration advice and support in complex cases, where the dedication of a niche specialist firm yields results.

The firm: In 2019, Signature Litigation established its Paris office. The firm is distinct from anything else in the French market – it is the only cross-channel, conflict free, firm focused solely on high-end litigation, compliance/investigations and arbitration. No other firm in the market has this advantage, giving the firm a real edge in developing new work streams and supplying superior legal services.

The Paris based partners are all leading experts within their areas of expertise, most notably international commercial litigation, product liability & toxic tort litigation, insurance & reinsurance litigation, compliance & investigations, and international commercial arbitration.

The firm has continued its strong growth this year with several high-value cases and an expanding team of high-calibre individuals. The office’s work spans a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, telecoms, aviation, automotive and consumer goods, and its client base comprises market leading multi-national corporates. In 2020, the firm appointed specialist commercial arbitration practitioner Flore Poloni to its partnership, to establish its arbitration practice in Paris. Flore’s appointment signals to the legal market a compelling arbitration proposition, which dovetails with the firm’s existing and established litigation and investigations offering and adds complementary experience to the already well settled London based international arbitration team.

Types of work undertaken: Signature Litigation specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. It handles complex, multi-party disputes that challenge the commercial and reputational viability of its clients. The firm advises on many of the most high-profile cases, which set precedents and receive significant media attention.

Signature Litigation’s product liability & mass toxic tort practice is led from its Paris office and focuses on assisting major entities with every litigation and compliance issue that may arise with regulators, suppliers or consumers. The firm advises clients on all aspects of liability following their products from the day they are designed until they are placed on the market, handling disputes in France and in London.

Signature Litigation’s insurance & reinsurance practice focuses on complex international insurance disputes. Combining the expertise in its Paris and London offices, Signature Litigation has acted for some of the leading insurers and reinsurers on high value disputes, particularly in Europe, Latin America, the Mediterranean basin, Asia and West Africa.

Signature Litigation has deep experience in dealing with regulatory disputes in the banking & financial sectors and conducting corporate investigations for clients in a broad range of business sectors. The Firm also advises clients in connection with investigations initiated by the anti-corruption agency, the AFA.

Signature Litigation’s arbitration practice has experience representing clients in high value and complex international arbitrations in a variety of sectors including defence and IT, as well as bringing ancillary or enforcement proceedings before national courts. It is well known for setting up lean teams to deal with matters in an agile and efficient way.

Expertise in mediation is also shared among the partners.

Department Name Email Telephone
Nicolas Brooke nicolas.brooke@signaturelitigation.com +33 (0)1 70 75 58 00
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis sylvie.gallage-alwis@signaturelitigation.com +33 (0)1 70 75 58 00
Emmanuèle Lutfalla emmanuele.lutfalla@signaturelitigation.com +33 (0)1 70 75 58 00
Flore Poloni flore.poloni@signaturelitigation.com +33 (0)1 70 75 58 00
Thomas Rouhette thomas.rouhette@signaturelitigation.com +33 (0)1 70 75 58 00
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicolas Brooke  photo Nicolas Brooke Nicolas is a partner in the Paris office of Signature Litigation. He…
 Sylvie Gallage-Alwis  photo Sylvie Gallage-Alwis After 10 years practicing in a major international law firm, Sylvie became…
 Emmanuèle Lutfalla  photo Emmanuèle Lutfalla After 26 years practicing in both major international law firms and top…
 Flore Poloni  photo Flore Poloni Flore specialises in international commercial arbitration. She has 12 years’ experience representing…
Mr Thomas Rouhette photo Mr Thomas Rouhette Thomas is a founding partner of the Paris office of Signature Litigation…
Partners : 5
Number of other fee earners : 13
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IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
International Association of Defense Counsel
Insuralex (Global Insurance Lawyers Group)
International Association of Defense Counsel (iADC)
Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)