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

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 heads its product liability practice. 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, cosmetics, new technologies, 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 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 de demain: Responsabilité des produits)

Sylvie Gallage-AlwisSignature Litigation AARPI

Signature Litigation AARPI est l’une des grandes références du marché pour la gestion d’affaires en responsabilité des produits, de dimensions nationale et internationale. Le cabinet gère un volant d’affaires à forts enjeux dans ce domaine, pour des entreprises industrielles de premier plan. Il traite notamment plusieurs dossiers de place dans les secteurs de l’aéronautique, de l’automobile et de l’électronique. Il a aussi récemment été mandaté pour intervenir dans une affaire sensible concernant des équipements nucléaires. L’équipe traite enfin un grand nombre de procédures en responsabilité et en indemnisation du préjudice d’anxiété lié à l’amiante ainsi qu’à d’autres substances chimiques, engagées par des salariés. Parallèlement, l’équipe se voit également confié des litiges de nature variée, dont des contentieux commerciaux et financiers. Thomas Rouhette et Sylvie Gallage-Alwis codirigent la pratique. L’arrivée de la très talentueuse Flore Poloni (ex counsel chez  August Debouzy ) qui a rejoint le cabinet à l’été 2020 en tant qu’associée, vient encore renforcer la pratique.

France > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

(Next Generation Partners: Product liability litigation)

Sylvie Gallage-AlwisSignature 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.

Comparative Guides

France: Product Liability March 2021 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Product Liability laws and regulations that may occur in France.