Hervé Ekué

Managing Partner

Hervé is Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee and Board.

He joined Allen & Overy in France in 2001 and was the Allen & Overy Managing Partner of France between 2018 and 2024.

Hervé specialises in debt capital markets and derivatives, including derivative transactions across a broad range of asset classes, structured repurchase transactions and securities lending. He also advises financial institutions and corporates on financial law and financial restructuring, with a focus on the structuring and issuance of debt, hybrid, digital and derivative securities.

Enjoying significant recognition from his peers, Hervé has been Chambers’ top-ranked lawyer in Debt Capital Markets in France for many years and is the only ranked “Star Individual”. In 2023 he was ranked in France as part of the “Top 40 lawyers of the CAC40 companies” (Forbes/LJA).


Representative matters

The syndicate of banks on EDF's issuance of green bonds financing nuclear energy projects aligned with the EU Taxonomy, the first of its kind in the European market.

The banking syndicate (arrangers, lenders and hedging banks) on the setting up of a new EUR1.2 billion financing in Europe for Phoenix Tower International.

The underwriting syndicate, including BNP Paribas as Global Coordinator, Sole Bookrunner and Lead Manager and several international investment banks as Co-Managers, on the EUR1,000,000,000 Perpetual Fixed Rate Resettable Additional Tier 1 Notes issuance of BNP Paribas.

Ubisoft on the placement of bonds convertible into and/or exchangeable for new or existing shares (“OCEANEs”) due 2028 by way of a public offering only to qualified investors, for a nominal amount of EUR470 million.

Pro bono

As Allen & Overy Managing Partner of France, Hervé made Allen & Overy France a leader in the firm’s global DE&I priorities. Hervé ultimately created programs within the office (including Legal à Egal, Premiers Pas…), having developed an ambitious but concrete action plan with the support of a diverse committee of representatives from across the office. Clients were central to Hervé’s approach, often collaborating with or inviting key contacts to events and training sessions relating to gender, social diversity, disability, or sexual orientation. Within the market, Hervé is considered a leader for DE&I and often invited to debate including with government ministers, speak at conferences and give press interviews.

Deeply committed to corporate and social responsibility, Hervé has also been a strong supporter of pro bono initiatives at global and local levels and has contributed to the development of the Paris office own pro bono program. The associations supported on a pro bono basis include: AADH (Alliance des avocats pour les droits de l’Homme), Article1, Barreau de Paris solidarité, Droit comme un H !, IT IS NOW, Paris Peace Forum, Safe Passage, Rejoué, #Led By Her, Chemins d’avenirs, Clinique juridique de la Sorbonne, Café Joyeux, La cravate solidaire.

Published Work

  • Diversité et inclusion dans le monde du droit - Le Point - 20 avril 2023
  • Video: Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, February 2022
  • Interview with Chloé Enkaoua, L’AGEFI Hebdo, “L’avocat en entreprise”, February 2021
  • Filming for the series “Je le jure”, Doctrine, February 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence & Debt Capital Markets: Is AI sufficiently trustworthy, ethical and inclusive?", ICMA (International Capital Market Association), March 2024
  • Speaker at A&O EU Law Academy for Digital Finance & Blockchain matters, 3 sessions in 2023
  • Keynote speaker, The Night of Creators in Barcelona "Overview of certain European legal issues related to digital finance", June 2022
  • Speaker, Client Webinar « Le Règlement Prospectus III (RPIII) : 1 an après », December 2020 - January 2021 - February 2021

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, ICMA (International Capital Market Association)
  • Member HCJP (Haut Comité Juridique de la Place)
  • Member, Paris EUROPLACE
  • Member, Institut Montaigne
Hervé is available and has a perfect knowledge of the market. He has a very sensible and commercial approach
Chambers Global France (Capital Markets: Debt), 2023
He is an extraordinary partner and expert in his field. He is very skilled to manage diverse groups of clients, finding commercially sensible solutions for the parties under very tight calendars and under very stressful conditions
Legal 500 EMEA - France (Capital Markets: Debt), 2023


  • Star Individual, Chambers Global/Europe - France (Capital Markets: Debt), 2024
  • Star Individual, Chambers Global/Europe - France (Capital Markets: Debt), 2023
  • Band 2, Chambers Global/Europe - France (Capital Markets: Derivatives), 2023
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 EMEA - France (Capital Markets: Debt), 2023
  • Star Individual, Chambers Global/Europe - France (Capital Markets: Debt); 2022
  • "Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers - France (Banking and Finance Law Capital Markets Law -Derivatives Structured Finance), 2023



Paris, 1999


Master in Banking & Finance, University of Paris V Descartes, 1995-1996

Post Graduate Degree, Private & Business Law, University of Paris V Descartes, 1994-1995


French, English, Spanish
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.