Carole Sportes is the managing partner of the firm’s Paris office. She leads the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Carole acts for states and state entities in numerous high-profile investment treaty claims, as well as corporations in international commercial arbitrations with a focus on the aviation, insurance and M&A industries.
She has broad expertise in handling complex multijurisdictional disputes and representing parties in commercial and investment arbitration, as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.
Recent highlights include a victory in a multimillion-euro commercial arbitration for a global food products giant and a landmark decision obtained from the Cour de cassation (the French Supreme Court) in a related international arbitration matter.
Her practice encompasses the areas of commercial and corporate disputes, aviation, insurance, reinsurance and product liability disputes, including pharmaceutical products.
Clients working with Carole are sensitive to her tenacity and extensive experience in dealing with high-value cases; dealing with technical and complex matters; and in handling mass tort litigation and the correlative ability to craft and ensure a coherent defence strategy in multidistrict litigation.
Carole began her career in 1995 as a corporate lawyer in Paris at a multinational professional services group. She then decided to turn to a litigation practice and joined the Litigation and Insurance department of a global law firm in 1998.
Before joining the firm in January 2015, Carole co-founded and contributed for 10 years to the development of a French boutique law firm in Paris, specialised in cross-border and domestic litigation.
Carole actively contributes to debates on product liability. She is co-author of the French chapter for the ICGL publications Class & Group Actions Guide and Product Liability Guide.
Litigation Before French Courts