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Henri Wagner



Henri Wagner



Henri heads the Luxembourg Banking practice. He served from 2008 to 2018 as Managing Partner of Allen & Overy in Luxembourg.

He specialises in international banking and financial services regulatory matters including the establishment of banks, financial services professionals and electronic money institutions as well as MiFID, CRD and related regulatory issues. He has more than 30 years of experience working in these areas.

Henri is a member of the banking and capital markets committees of the Luxembourg supervisory authority of the financial sector (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF). He is also a member of the MiFID Steering Committee, the Legal Affairs Committee and the Banking Supervision Committees of the ABBL. Henri co-chairs the PSF working group and the payment institutions and electronic money institutions working groups of the Haut Comité de la Place Financière (HCPF). Henri was a member (2009-2015) of the Consultative Working Group of the Corporate Finance Standing Committee of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). He was also a member of the board of directors of the Luxembourg Bankers' Association (ABBL).

He is an active member of our FinTech task force, supporting clients from established financial institutions, incumbents and start-ups in developing innovative products.

He regularly publishes articles on banking and finance issues and represents Luxembourg on the advisory board of the Capital Markets Law Journal (published by Oxford University Press).

Henri is one of only a few practitioners to be ranked in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Banking, finance and capital markets.

“.. Henri Wagner acts on the full range of capital markets transactions, and on banking matters more broadly. […] One source enthuses: ‘I rate him for sure. He has a very strong knowledge of the market and business’.” Chambers Global 

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Admitted as avocat à la Cour, Luxembourg, 1993

Admitted as avocat, Luxembourg, 1990


DESS, Banking & Finance Law, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), 1990 

Maîtrise, Private Law, University of Strasbourg, 1989 

Studies, Institute for Comparative Law of Strasbourg, 1989

Experience highlights

Pro bono

  • Member of the Allen & Overy team advising the Croix Rouge (Red Cross)

Published work

  • Author, (2019) ""ICOs – Luxembourg Legal Aspects”, in Les services financiers dans un monde digital, p.51-60, Anthemis 
  • Co-author, (2021) ""The International Capital Markets Review"", Law Business Research.
  • Co-author, (2021) ""The Lending and Secured Finance Review"", Law Business Research. 
  • Author, (2018) Brexit unleashes new wave of US corporate migration, Luxembourg Business Report.
  • Co-author, (2017) Preliminary documents (loan financing) Q&A: Luxembourg, Practical Law – Cross-border Loan financing, Thomson Reuters.
  • Co-author, (2017) Corporate loan facilities Q&A: Luxembourg, Practical Law – Cross-border Loan financing, Thomson Reuters.
  • Le banquier luxembourgeois et le droit international privé"", Anthemis, 2017 (co-author) 
  • ""Expedited Corporate Debt Restructuring in the EU"", Oxford University Press, 2015 (co-author) 
  • ""High Tide for the Issue of High Yield Bonds in Luxembourg"", Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 50, December 2012 (co-author)
  • ""Enforcing financial collateral arrangements in the new world - challenging times!"", Bulletin Droit et Banque, No. 47, April 2011 (co-author)
  • ""Debt buy-backs and liability management revisited"", Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 46, November 2010 (co-author)
  • ""Debt Buy-Backs and Liability Management: New Buzzwords ?"" Bulletin Droit et Banque No. 44, October 2009 (co-author) 
  • ""Set-off Law and Practice, an International Handbook"", second edition - Luxembourg Chapter, edited by William Johnston and Thomas Werlen, Oxford University Press, September 2009 
  • ""Regulated covered bonds: a comparative review"", Capital Markets Law Journal, Oxford University Press, Vol. 4, No. 3, July 2009 (co-author) 
  • ""Financial Services Regulation in Europe"", second edition - Luxembourg chapter, Oxford University Press, November 2008