Christopher J Bellini

Christopher J. Bellini specializes in advising U.S. and international clients in the financial services industry concerning transactional, regulatory, capital markets, legislative and enforcement matters.  In particular, with respect to transactional matters, he advises on the bank regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, merchant banking and other equity investments, and fund formation.

His advice on regulatory matters often focuses on innovative products and services as well as the reforms implemented pursuant to new banking laws and regulations, such as the Dodd-Frank Act and its amendments to the Bank Holding Company Act, the National Bank Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, the Federal Reserve Act and other banking laws.  This includes providing advice concerning the covered fund provisions of the Volcker Rule, affiliate and insider transactions, financial statement and securities offerings disclosures, enhanced prudential standards, CCAR, DFAST, and other capital rules and standards.

Mr. Bellini is a frequent lecturer, presenter and writer on matters relating to financial institutions.


Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP:  Partner and Chair of Financial Institutions Group: 2011-2015.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP:  Partner and Co-Chair of Financial Institutions Group: 2000-2011.  Associate: 1994-1999.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:  Attorney and Special Bank Examiner: 1989-1994.

Arthur Anderson & Co.:  Senior Auditor: 1983-1986.


Georgetown University Law Center:  Mr. Bellini earned his law degree Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Law Center and teaches the course International Banking in the United States.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst:  Mr. Bellini received an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983.  He majored in accounting and minored in economics.


Mr. Bellini has been recognized by the following organizations:

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Legal 500

DC Super Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Professional Associations and Activities

Vice-Chair and formerly Secretary & Member, Federal Bar Association Banking Committee Executive Counsel.

Formerly, Co-Chair, ABA Banking Law Committee’s Legislation and Regulation Subcommittee.

Formerly, Editor-in-Chief, Banking Law Journal, ABA Banking Law Committee.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

Mr. Bellini is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars.