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Charles Gavoty


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  • Columbia University (LL.M. 2002; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar); Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne (DEA in Business Transactions Law with honors 1999; Maîtrise with high honors 1998); ESSEC Graduate School of Management (Diploma 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • Paris and New York Bars

Government Service

  • Legal Services of the French Department of Defense (1997-1998)

Recognized as a leading lawyer, Charles Gavoty serves clients in the hi-tech, biotech, medtech, and fintech industries in matters relating to capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and private equity. He represents a large number of emerging companies and their managers or investors in transactions ranging from seed to late-stage financing, private and public M&A deals, IPOs, private placements, and rights issues, to corporate structuring and management compensation packages.

Representative of Charles's work is his involvement in Completel's friendly takeover by Altice for $1 billion; the successful defense of Wavecom against Gemalto's hostile bid and the subsequent friendly takeover of Wavecom by Sierra Wireless; the sale of Novexel to AstraZeneca for US$505 million; the sales of Capitain Train, We Are Cloud, MobPartner, Movea, and Ipdia; the IPO of Inside Secure, SuperSonic Imagine, and Tronics; the equity lines of Cellectis, Inside Secure, and Carmat; the convertible bonds (Oceanes) issue of Inside Secure; the last financing rounds of Frichti, Alkemics, and DataBerries; and the investment by Benchmark, NJJ, and Idinvest in Zenly.

Charles's other recent representations of tech/biotech companies include Alkemics, Carmat, Cellectis, Clustree, Criteo, Databerries, Frichti, Inside Secure, Happn, Novexel, Orange, SAP, Slimpay, Stratumn, SuperSonic Imagine, Theranexus, Veolia, and Voltalia, and, on the investors' side, Alven, Benchmark, Bpi, Hi Inov, Idinvest, Index, Kima, Korelya, Kreaxi, NJJ, Omnes Capital, Otium, Partech, Seventure, Sofinnova, Valar, and XAnge.

In 2001, he received the Lavoisier Scholarship awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Cited yearly as a leading lawyer in France for venture capital in Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, Private Equity Magazine, Option Droit & Finance, and Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit

    Gold Award for Paris M&A team, Palmarès des avocats ceremony (2014) and for the Capital Markets team,"Le Monde du Droit" ceremony (2015)

    Recommended for capital markets in Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA


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Charles Gavoty