Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > Paris, France > Firm Profile

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
75116 PARIS

France > Compliance Tier 1

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP‘s deep and highly experienced Paris bench frequently joins forces with the firm’s experts in Washington DC. The firm is highly recommended for anti-corruption and bribery matters, both on national scale and in a cross-border context. Among the large client base are many leading French IT, aeronautics, engineering, energy and luxury goods companies which enlist the practice with the setting up and review of compliance programmes, ranging from domestic to global in scale. The practice also has extensive experience in AFA-led audits. The excellent practice is led by Bryan Sillaman and includes the strongly recommended Michael HunekeAnne GaustadNicolas Tollet and Marie-Agnès Nicolas who was promoted to partner early 2022. Former counsel Olivier Dorgans  left the firm in April 2021. Jan Dunin-Wasowicz made counsel in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Sillaman


‘Rare experts in compliance investigations.’

‘The Paris office has significant experience accompanying companies that are under review by the French Anti-Corruption Agency, which is reassuring when one is going through the process for the first time.’

‘Nicolas Tollet is very intelligent, bi-lingual and pragmatic. He has a lot of experience in all aspects of an anti-corruption compliance program and is very generous with his advice. His extensive international experience working on compliance programs in Brazil, the US and France gives him a useful breadth of experience. He is extremely responsive and approachable, making it easy to go to him for advice.’

‘Remarkable availability. Ditto in terms of responsiveness. A dedicated team that fully understands our needs. Reassuring legal advice and perfect technical mastery.’

‘Availability, responsiveness, constant inventiveness of partners and collaborators.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus in relation to Airbus’ January 30, 2020 resolution of criminal investigations led jointly by the US, UK and French authorities.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s practice head Félix de Belloy obtained a headline victory after his client, former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, was acquitted by the court in proceedings relating to accusations of illegally financing his 1995 presidential campaign. The team is also involved in several investigations involving cross-border corruption issues in addition to managing sensitive tax fraud cases. It acts for major companies, executives, and several leading French banks. The Paris practice can also draw on the firm's US capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Félix de Belloy


‘Remarkable team, able to handle massive files over a long term period, led by Félix de Belloy, an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Félix de Belloy is a recognised star, with high-level technique that is matched by his strong presence in courts.’

Key clients

E. Balladur

Cohen’s family

M. Gudmundsson (former President of the Landsbanki)

Société Générale


Work highlights

  • Won an acquittal decision for client Edouard Balladur, France’s former Prime Minister, before the Court of Justice of the Republic who was being tried over allegations of illegally financing his 1995 presidential campaign.
  • Acting on behalf of Société Générale in a cross-border litigation with the Libyan Investment Authority based on bribery allegations.
  • Defending M. Gudmundsson, the former President of Landsbanki, in proccedings relating to the collapse of the Islandic bank.  

The firm: Hughes Hubbard is widely recognised as a leading international law firm. Starting from its origins in New York in 1888 – and nearly 50 years ago in Paris – Hughes Hubbard has developed a litigation and international arbitration practice that is among the most lauded in the world. Hughes Hubbard also has a diverse and extensive corporate practice with particular strength in handling M&A, corporate governance, joint ventures and capital markets. Other global practices include labour law, business restructuring, aviation finance, anti-corruption/FCPA and intellectual property, international trade, and antitrust and competition.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Paris office has achieved substantial recognition for its dispute resolution practice, covering both international arbitration and business litigation. Partners act as advisors and arbitrators in the areas of international commercial arbitration and investment agreements. The litigation department is particularly active in the commercial, industrial, banking and finance sectors, as well as handling matters involving white-collar crime. The FCPA/anti-corruption practice regularly assists large international clients in their most sensitive matters.

The corporate team covers all aspects of business law and matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. It advises French and foreign companies on issues that arise out of their business activity in France and assists them with their strategic plans for locating and developing in the United States.

The banking and finance group is renowned in the areas of financing, asset management, capital markets and regulatory matters. It also assists with matters pertaining to carbon trading markets and financing projects in Africa.

The employment practice assists both French and international clients on issues relating to individual and collective labour law, and represents them before all the courts handling employment-related matters. It has particular experience in carrying out restructuring projects.

The intellectual property practice group is particularly renowned for litigation involving patents, advice and litigation in the film industry, and for its work in terms of trade marks, copyright, drawings and models, image rights and domain names.

The antitrust and competition team has considerable experience in notifying the French and European authorities of concentrations. It also assists clients by advising and handling matters involving state aid, ententes, abuse of dominant positions and distribution networks.

Arbitration, litigation
Banking and finance
Bankruptcy, insolvency
Labour, employment
Corporate M&A and commercial
FCPA and anti-corruption
Antitrust and competition
Intellectual property
Number of lawyers : 299
at this office : 28
Contact : Bryan Sillaman
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Washington DC
Other offices : Miami
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Jersey City
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Kansas City
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro* (*In cooperation with Saud Advogados)