Financial attaché with the French Embassy in Canada in 1974, Sylvain Héfès started his career at the Rothschild Bank in Paris in 1976 (until 1980). He joined NMR in London for two years before returning to the Paris-based bank where he was deputy chief executive officer from 1982 to 1989.
In 1990, Sylvain Héfès joined Goldman Sachs in London where he was a General Partner from 1992 to 2004. He held the positions of Head of French operations, Chief Executive Officer for the European private banking operations, Co-Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Goldman Sachs International and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank AG. He graduated from HEC Paris.