Félix de Belloy’s practice focuses on litigation, primarily white-collar matters and commercial litigation. He and his team represent a wide range of high-profile individuals and handle matters involving cross-border corruption issues. In Chambers (Europe/France guide, White-collar crime, 2018-2019) “Félix de Belloy is described as “an excellent lawyer.” His experience spans a range of white-collar crime matters, including fraud and bribery allegations.” Félix has also been ranked by Legal 500 Paris in white-collar and commercial litigation since 2011, by Best Lawyers France in Criminal defense since 2016 and “Excellent” in 2019 by Décideurs (Litigation & Arbitration - White-Collar Crime).
Félix is a graduate of University Paris V Paris-Descartes and University Paris II Panthéon – Assas. He was elected Premier Secretary of the Conférence du Stage in 2004. The Paris Conference du Stage is a prestigious three-round mooting competition between young lawyers, which takes place every year at the Paris Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Félix was an associate and partner at Beaussier & Associés (which later merged with White & Case and became head of its White-Collar Crime Department). In 2009, he was partner at and co-founded Boken Avocats (former “Beauquier, Belloy & Gauvain”), a French litigation boutique firm specializing in white collar-crime defense and commercial litigation.
Cross Border/Financial Matters
Advised a major French bank during judicial investigations in Jersey (UK) for money-laundering
Advised a major US company during judicial investigations in Paris for corruption/FCPA violations in West Africa
Assisted a major French bank’s Treasurer in the Libor case, in investigations spanning the US, UK and France
Advised two bank managers facing prosecution in the US (DoJ) and in France (PNF) for alleged bribery in Libya
Advised several members of a family in an action against a French bank, facing a claim of more than € 300 million and criminal allegations in France and the US
Advised the former Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in the “Karachi” case
Advised Gabonese President Bongo’s heirs and assigns in the “ill-gotten gains” judicial proceedings brought by the French authorities
Represented a Saudi businessman who allegedly bribed a French political figure
Represented a French citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay (acquittal obtained after 3 years of detention in Guantanamo and 2 years of detention in France)
Represented Sikh students, in a claim for religious discrimination against the French State which banned them from wearing Sikh turbans at school
Class action against the French State for ethnic profiling which resulted a successful outcome after litigation spanning five years and a Court decision recognizing, for the first time in France, racial discrimination during “stop and search” police operations