“Fine and reliable legal and strategic analyses; exceptional communication skills and understanding of customer needs; transparent and serious communication.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2024

Biography

Counsel Ela Barda is a litigator specialising in commercial litigation, civil fraud and enforcement matters at Signature Litigation’s Paris office.

Ela has a particular focus on high-profile cross border disputes and frequently advises international clients on complex issues of conflicts of laws and jurisdiction, asset tracing and asset recovery proceedings. She has extensive experience in investigating, initiating and defending all types of civil fraud claims.

Ela represents both claimants and defendants before the French civil and commercial courts at all stages of litigation. She has in-depth experience in pre-action proceedings on a wide range of interim applications. In addition, Ela has developed a strong expertise in the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

Ela regularly acts for French and international online platforms in civil and commercial disputes.

Ela also represents manufacturers in commercial and product liability disputes in the aviation field, as well as company directors in personal liability cases before commercial courts in the scope of insolvency proceedings.

She is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Commercial Litigation in The Legal 500 EMEA 2024 Guide. She is praised for her “fine and reliable legal and strategic analyses” and commended for having “exceptional communication skills and understanding of customer needs.” Additionally, Ela is also ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Guide for her Aviation expertise.

Ela qualified in 2014 and speaks French, English and Turkish. Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Ela worked at the Paris office of a major international law firm.

Experience

  • Representing a US company operating an online marketplace for short- and long-term homestays in various regulatory and civil liability disputes before French courts against individuals and local authorities.
  • Representing a CIS bank in a high profile case against the bank’s former owner in a EUR 1 billion judgment enforcement proceedings involving piercing the corporate veil and attachment of assets located on the French Riviera and in the French West Indies.
  • Representing a French video-sharing platform in relation to the enforcement in France of adverse judgments issued by Italian courts.
  • Representing a leading US online payment platform in a dispute following the termination of a French company’s account.
  • Representing a US mobile game developer in pre-trial discovery proceedings before French courts.
  • Representing an international aircraft manufacturer in connection with a commercial dispute arising from a plane accident.
  • Representing a US aircraft manufacturer in the defence of personal injury claims arising from major aircraft accidents.
  • Assisting a video sharing platform in a commercial dispute following a termination of talks with a multinational IT company.
  • Representing company directors in personal liability cases in various disputes pending before the French Commercial courts in the scope of insolvency proceedings.
  • Assisting a leading French bank on asset-tracing and debt collection in a civil fraud case against Ukrainian counterparties, in the scope of enforcement proceedings involving piercing the corporate veil and attachment of assets located abroad.

Publications

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2024: France – Lexology: Getting the Deal Through – 23 August 2023

Signature Litigation promeut Ela Barda au rang de counselLe Monde du Droit – 11 July 2023

International Comparative Legal Guide – Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2022ICLG – 4 April 2022

Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery 2022: FranceCDR Essential Intelligence – 31 March 2022

Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery 2021: FranceCDR Essential Intelligence – 19 March 2021

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