Alexandre Ancel


Alexandre specialises in M&A, joint-ventures and reorganisations.

He has an impressive track record on domestic and cross-border transactions. His sector expertise includes deals in the infrastructure, energy, TMT and wine spaces. 


Representative matters

Bolloré on the EUR5.7 billion disposal of Bolloré Africa Logistics to MSC.

Bolloré on its divestment of 100% of Bolloré Logistics to CMA-CGM on the basis of an enterprise value, net of minority interests, of EUR5bn.

Campari Group on its contemplated acquisition of premium Cognac Courvoisier, valuing Courvoisier at USD1.32 billion.

Electra, European specialist in fast charging for electric vehicles, on its third fundraising for an amount of EUR 304M invested by Dutch pension fund PGGM. This is the largest equity fundraising in France, and the second in Europe in the charging sector.

Pro bono

Free legal advice in the framework of the "Solidarity Bus" set up by the Paris Bar and the City Authority

Published Work

  • Getting the Deal Through - Gas Regulation 2011, co-written with Florence Ninane et Jean-Yves Ollier
  • Co-author, De la difficulté de la qualification juridique des quotas et crédits carbone en droit français, Option Finance, 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • 'Executive Briefings' organised by Premier Cercle on the theme:" Trading Energie : plus qu’une ressource, un actif à haut potentiel. Valoriser, optimiser et gérer la volatilité des prix", 18/10/2012
  • Les Echos Conférences – Energie 2010 : Décarbonisation et efficacité énergétique : les nouveaux défis Intervention on: "La réforme du marché de l’électricité en France", 16/02/2010
  • Gazelec Conference on the theme : "L'efficacité de la réglementation et des procédures administratives applicables à l'énergie éolienne : comparaisons européennes", 23/11/2007

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables
  • Member, Association Française de Droit de l'Energie (AFDEN)
Alexandre Ancel is here to defend his clients' interests. He finds creative solutions, provides a good level of detail and advises you on when to pick your battles - he is very good at that.
Chambers Global 2024 - (Corporate / M&A High-end capability)
Alexandre Ancel is very commercial and he knows when we need him. He knows when the client should front the negotiation and also when to make a point; he is very efficient.
Chambers Global 2024 - (Corporate / M&A High-end capability)


  • Band 4, Chambers Global 2024 - (Corporate / M&A High-end capability)
  • Recommended, Legal500 EMEA 2023 - France (Project Finance)
  • Band 4, Chambers Global/Europe 2023 - France (Corporate/M&A)
  • Highly regarded, IFLR1000 2021 - France (M&A)
  • Global leader recommended in Energy, Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders 2020 - France
  • Recognised Practitioner, Chambers Global/Europe 2019 - France (Corporate/M&A)
  • Band 5, Chambers Global/Europe 2022 - France (Corporate/M&A)



Admitted to the Bar, Paris, 1997

Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2021


Post Graduate Degree (Mastère), International Business Law and Management, ESSEC Business School, 1997

DJCE, University of Poitiers, 1995

Post Graduate Degree, Business Law, University of Poitiers, 1995

Master, Business Law, 1995


English, French
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.