Sylvie Gallage-Alwis > Signature Litigation AARPI > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Signature Litigation AARPI
49/51 avenue George V
75008
France

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Class Actions

Position

After 10 years practicing in a major international law firm, Sylvie became one of the founding partners of the Paris office of Signature Litigation and has headed its product liability practice since 2019. She specialises in all cutting-edge complex disputes linked to products, namely product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation/class action, regulatory compliance, and environment.

Sylvie has experience in all ranges of product-related litigation. She represents a variety of globally recognised manufacturers from industries such as automotive, electronic products, life sciences, cosmetics, new technologies/marketplaces, steel, energy, food, toys, etc.

She is further known in the French market as a leading toxic tort / mass litigation lawyer. As such, she has been involved in most pro-company case law rendered in recent years, notably in asbestos-related and chemical-related cases, with some cases mentioned in the French Civil and Social Security Codes because of the significant reversal in case law they represent.

Sylvie is both an Avocat à la Cour in France and a Solicitor in England & Wales.

Career

Trained, Hogan Lovells Paris, 2007; Counsel, Hogan Lovells Paris, 2008 to 2018; Partner Signature Litigation 2019.

Languages

English and French.

Memberships

Member; Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA); Member, Committees vice Chair; Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

Education

Université Panthéon-Assas Paris 2; Trinity College Dublin; The London School of Economics and Political Science; ESSEC Business School Paris.

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Résolution des litiges > Contentieux commercial et de droit des sociétés

(Les grands avocats du marché: Responsabilité des produits)

Sylvie Gallage-AlwisSignature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI est le cabinet de référence du marché pour les litiges à forts enjeux en matière de responsabilité civile. De nombreuses sociétés industrielles françaises et internationales confient ainsi au cabinet leurs dossiers les plus sensibles en matière d’exposition à l’amiante. Le cabinet est également impliqué dans plusieurs litiges stratégiques en responsabilité en lien avec les secteurs de l’automobile et des télécoms, initiés par des agences de régulation, des associations de consommateurs ou encore des particuliers. L’équipe a aussi récemment été retenue par Casino pour le défendre dans le cadre du lancement du premier litige en responsabilité dans le secteur de la grande distribution, portant sur le non-respect allégué par le groupe du devoir de vigilance concernant ses activités au Brésil et en Colombie. Le volant d’affaires est très varié et comprend également des litiges commerciaux et des contentieux internationaux – y compris des procédures d’exécution de jugements étrangers. Enfin, le cabinet s’est récemment vu confier la gestion de deux nouveaux litiges commerciaux distincts, dans les secteurs des médias et de l’hôtellerie, dont les enjeux sont particulièrement élevés. La pratique est codirigée par Thomas Rouhette et Sylvie Gallage-Alwis.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals: Product liability litigation)

Sylvie Gallage-AlwisSignature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI is the market’s go-to-firm for high-stakes civil liability disputes, notably acting for many French and international industrial companies concerning highly sensitive asbestos claims. The practice is also involved in several strategic liability cases in the automobile and telecoms sectors, initiated by regulators, consumer associations or individuals. Lately, the team was also chosen by Casino to act on France’s first liability claim concerning the retail industry in connection with the group’s alleged non- compliance with the recent law on duty of vigilance in relation to its activities in Brazil and Columbia. The practice’s varied caseload also includes commercial disputes and disputes involving cross-border elements, including foreign judgment enforcement cases. It was recently appointed in two distinct high-stakes commercial disputes in the media and hospitality sectors. Thomas Rouhette and Sylvie Gallage-Alwis co-head the practice.