Carole Sportes is the managing partner of our Paris office and leads our International Dispute Resolution department in Paris.

    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.

    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 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 defense 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 in 1998 the Litigation and Insurance department of a global law firm.

    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.

    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. She is also the exclusive author for France of the Aviation Law Review.

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    Arbitration

    • Representing a French blue chip company in an arbitration proceeding related to a shareholders’ dispute.
    • Representing a foreign state in several arbitration proceedings relating to corrupted investments and construction contracts.
    • Representing before French courts foreign state entities in enforcement proceedings related to arbitration awards.

    Aviation

    • Representing Flash Airlines, its insurers and reinsurers (148 fatalities, 650 claims) before the French courts regarding the Sharm El Sheikh accident of January 2004.
    • Representing Air New Zealand in the criminal proceedings in relation to the Airbus A 320 crash in Perpignan of November 2008.
    • Representing Worldwide and European Airlines for their cargo and passengers’ claims.

    Product Liability

    • Representing a major International pharmaceutical company in the massive French litigation concerning the drug DES.
    • Representing one of the most preeminent industrial companies in a large litigation concerning the Lyme syndrome.
    • Advising and representing a US manufacturer of medical devices in multidistrict product liability litigation.

    Insurance

    • Advising and representing a major international insurer in a large litigation against a European insurer relating to a coverage issue applicable to an entire portfolio.
    • Advising and representing a European middle-size insurer in handling the run-off of a property and casualty insurance French portfolio.

    Education

    • CAPA, 1995
    • Université de Montpellier, Business Law School/DEA, Droit privé, 1994
    • Université de Montpellier, Maîtrise en Droit privé, 1993

    Admissions

    • Paris, 1995

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • IAWA – International Aviation Women’s Association
    • SFDAS – Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial
    • AIDA – Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances

    Languages

    • French
    • English
    • Best Lawyers 2020 in Product Liability and Transportation
    • Nominated Lawyer of the Year 2019 in transportation by Best Lawyers.
    • Among the few recommended lawyers in France by The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 for insurance and aviation
    • Recommended in the Who’s Who Legal Product Liability Defence 2019 and Who’s Who Legal Insurance and Reinsurance 2014 – 2019
    • Listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers 2016 – 2019
    • Listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law 2016 – 2019
    • Ranked by Chambers Europe 2018 in France Transportation – Aviation Band 3

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