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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
75116 PARIS

France > Compliance Tier 1

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's Paris team assists a prominent client base of French and international groups, and can rely on complementary state-of-the-art US capabilities. The practice advises on the setting up of compliance programmes (anti-corruption, money laundering, sanctions, human rights) and also has experience assisting clients with compliance follow-up work requested after the signing of judicial settlements with US authorities, such as conducting global risk assessments of convicted companies. The practice also regularly conducts internal investigations. Additionally, the team also a strong domestic practice, assisting companies with the setting up of French compliance programmes and AFA-led audits. The team is led by Bryan Sillaman and includes the highly regarded Michael HunekeAnne GaustadNicolas Tollet; and counsels Marie-Agnès Nicolas and new arrival Edouard Gergondet, who joined from Mayer Brown in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Sillaman


‘Excellent team, always responsive and with whom dialogue is easy to establish.’

‘Nicolas Tollet is always available. He knows his team well, which allows him to assign the right person to support the client.’


‘Bryan Sillaman and Anne Gaustad are very professional and efficient’.

Key clients


France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

Headed by Félix De Belloy, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP defends leading companies, CEOs and individuals. The practice is involved in a wide range of headline cases and also regularly handles corporate, financial and employment law criminal issues. It also has strong capabilities when it comes to handling international corruption and fraud investigations, notably for leading banks or their senior executives.

Practice head(s):

Félix de Belloy

Key clients

Cohen’s family

Société Générale


Yves Le Masne (ORPEA)

Work highlights

  • Defend Yves Le Masne, Orpea’s former CEO who is facing several criminal proceedings for various serious allegations.
  • Assisting two individuals regarding an extensive cross-border litigation between the Libyan Investment Authority and Société Générale based on bribery allegations.

France > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises companies operating across the life sciences, publishing, advertising and entertainment industries on contentious copyright and image right matters, and also assists in domain name disputes. Stefan Naumann is admitted in France and California and leads the practice group, supporting clients with transactional matters, including distribution and merchandising agreements, in addition to handling copyright disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Naumann

Key clients

Coorstek Bioceramics

Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.

Hanna Barbera




For Goodness Sake


Fresenius Medical

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 5

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bonnard; Sena Agbayissah

Key clients

Togolese Republic

Fusion for Energy/ ITER Project

Work highlights

  • Representing the Togolese Republic in an ICSID arbitration against Togo Terminal-Bolloré.

France > Industry focus: Telecoms 

The practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP was established in January 2023 with the arrival of former head of Dentons‘ telecoms team Christophe Fichet, a specialist in communications work in both domestic and international contexts, and noteworthy associate Adrien Morisse.

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
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Other offices : Rio de Janeiro* (*In cooperation with Saud Advogados)