Thomas Rouhette > Signature Litigation AARPI > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Signature Litigation AARPI
49/51 avenue George V
75008
France

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation

Position

Thomas is a founding partner of the Paris office of Signature Litigation and a leading commercial and international litigator. Previously a partner in a major international law firm, Thomas has almost 30 years’ experience in litigation and is recognized as one of the leading French litigators.

Thomas has a seasoned, wide and multifaceted practice. He is an expert in international, cross-border litigation and has acted in some of the most high-profile litigations before the French courts on behalf of companies in the scope of a wide-ranging practice, including contract litigation, product liability corporate and banking disputes as well as fraud and asset tracing.

Career

Associate, Siméon & Associés, 1991; Partner, Siméon & Associés, 1998; Partner, Lovells, 2001; Partner, Hogan Lovells, 2010; Partner, Signature Litigation, 2019.

Languages

English and French.

Memberships

Board member, International Association of Defense Counsel; Member, Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC); Chair, Superior Appellate Commission of the French Football Federation (FFF).

Education

Sciences-Po, Panthéon Assas University, Panthéon Sorbonne University.

Lawyer Rankings

France > Aviation

(Leading individuals)

Thomas RouhetteSignature Litigation AARPI

Boutique litigation practice Signature Litigation AARPI has continued to grow since its opening in Paris in January 2019 with the arrival of international commercial arbitration specialist Flore Poloni from August Debouzy in September 2020. The firm’s focus on dispute resolution and insurance matters makes it a popular choice for a range of clients in the aviation industry including airlines, constructors, and insurers who benefit from the department’s ability to advise on cross-border matters. With a strong track record in product liability cases relating to high-profile accidents, the group counts several industry leaders including Boeing, Global Aerospace and Rolls Royce as clients. Founding partner Thomas Rouhette is highly regarded for his work on cross-border contentious matters.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

(Leading individuals: Product liability litigation)

Thomas RouhetteSignature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI is the market’s go-to-firm for domestic and cross-border product liability cases. The firm handles a large and prominent caseload for leading industrial companies, including top cases in the aviation, automobile and electronics sectors, and recently a sensitive case concerning nuclear equipments. The team is also highly regarded for its know-how in defending companies against toxic tort claims and deals with a high amount of claims brought by employees regarding asbestos and other chemical substances  In addition, the team also acts in a wide range of other disputes, including commercial litigation and financial product- related cases. Thomas Rouhette and Sylvie Gallage-Alwis co-head the practice. The arrival of the very promising Flore Poloni, who joined in Summer 2020 as partner from August Debouzy where she was a counsel, strengthened the team.

France > Insurance

Since its creation in January 2019, Signature Litigation AARPI quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters. The boutique specialises in complex litigation, both in France and internationally, with the majority of matters multijurisdictional in nature, with the firm’s London presence a key asset for cross-border work. The practice unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators, chief among them practice heads Emmanuèle Lutfalla and Thomas Rouhette. In September 2020, the arrival of former August Debouzy counsel Flore Poloni as partner bolstered the group’s international commercial arbitration capabilities.