Elodie Valette

Counsel, Paris



Elodie Valette is counsel in the Commercial Litigation team of White & Case in Paris.

She assists major French and foreign corporations, from all industry sectors, including in particular banking finance and technology, in relation to complex and serial litigation before both French courts and foreign jurisdictions.

As a skilful litigator, she also has expertise in relation to on-demand guarantees and debt collection, including precautionary and enforcement measures.

She is a member of Association Droit et Procédure and Association des avocats praticiens des procédures et de l'exécution (AAPPE).

Elodie is involved in pro bono work. She assists a cancer research association regarding the treatment of the donations and a legacy received and works closely with the AADH (Alliance des avocats pour les droits de l'homme - The Alliance of lawyers for human rights).

Before joining White & Case in 2012, Elodie acquired experience in the private sector as well as within bailiff offices.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
École Nationale de Procédure (ENPEPP)
Postgraduate Degree (Master 2), Litigation & Enforcement Proceedings
Université de Grenoble II
in Legal Studies
Aberdeen University


Assisting a major French bank faced with criminal and civil charges of commercial malpractice (duty of information, duty to warn, duty of advice, unfair terms, legality of escalator clause, misleading advertising and deceptive or unfair business practices) in the context of a class action, brought by consumer associations and hundreds of individuals, relating to a portfolio of variable rate loans which were granted to individuals in a foreign currency.

Advising major French banks in the context of a dispute between the bank and borrowers contesting the validity of the calculation of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR – TEG/TAEG) mentioned in their loan offer or agreement.

Assisting financial institution with the regulatory compliance, review and update of existing contracts with existing laws and regulations (Directive 93/13/CEE on unfair terms transposed into domestic law - Directive 2014/17/UE 2014 on consumer credit agreements relating to residential real estate transposed into domestic law – Order of November 3rd, 2014 on private provision of essential services - Reform of contract law).

Advising and representing French corporations in proceedings before the commercial and civil courts, including emergency procedures.

Assisting an international industrial group resisting a demand made by a contractor under an on-demand bank guarantee issued by the Paris branch of a bank.

Multiple disputes relating to precautionary and enforcement measures.

International disputes relating to the funding of aircrafts.

Assisting and advising an international industrial group in a mediation further to the wrongful termination of a contract.

Advising a Mexican bank on French law issues relating to representation and succession rights, in the context of a major dispute in Mexico against members of a famous deceased artist's family.


Toward e-justice with the transformation of the French legal system?; White & Case Alert, 12.03.2018, (co-author with Philippe Métais)

Paris as an international jurisdiction: creation of chambers specialized in crossborder disputes; White & Case Alert, 12.02.2018, (co-author with Philippe Métais)

French discovery and bank secrecy, Option droit & affaires, 10.01.2018 (co-author with Philippe Métais) (published as « Référé probatoire et secret bancaire »)

Proceedings' regulation instrument, JCP G, 51, 1360, 18.12.2017 (co-author with Philippe Métais) (published as « Le séquencement comme instrument de régulation de l'instance »)

Wrong stipulated Annual Percentage Rate: from nullity to a possible and proportionate sanction, JCP G, 356, 27.03.2017 (co-author with Philippe Métais) (published as « TEG erroné : de la nullité vers une sanction seulement éventuelle et proportionnée? »)

Litigation and enforcement in France: overview, a Q&A guide to dispute resolution law in France ; PLC Global guide to Dispute Resolution, january 2016 and 2017 (co-author with Elisabeth Oger-Gross, Anastasia Pitchouguina and Anaïs Harlé).