CharlesGavoty

Partner

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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.

Experience

  • Gilbert Dupont; Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG; and Portzamparc complete IPO of BoostheatJones Day advised Gilbert Dupont; Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG; and Portzamparc, as joint global coordinators, joint lead managers, and joint bookrunners, in connection with the initial public offering of Boostheat SA, a designer, developer, and producer of technologically advanced, energy efficient, and sustainable heating solutions, on the regulated market of Euronext in Paris.
  • CARMAT completes €60 million reserved offering for specialized and strategic investorsJones Day advised CARMAT SA, a designer and developer of the world's most advanced heart project, aiming to provide a therapeutic alternative for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure, in connection with its €60 million (US$66.3 million) share capital increase, reserved for investors, specialists of the healthcare and life sciences industry, or strategic partners of CARMAT.
  • Alven Capital, Idinvest Partners, Seventure, and Korelya Capital participate in €50 million Series C financing round of JobteaserJones Day assisted Alven Capital Partners, Idinvest Partners, Seventure Partners, and Korelya Capital in connection with the €50 million (US$55 million) Series C round of financing of Jobteaser, an online recruitment platform directly integrated into 200+ European universities, led by Highland Europe.
  • Akeneo raises €41 million in financing roundJones Day advised Akeneo, a French company that develops and sells software for managing data relating to product catalogs as well as its historical investors, Alven Capital Partners and Partech Partners, in connection with Akeneo's €41 million (US$45.1 million) round of financing.
  • Sentryo sold to CiscoJones Day represented Sentryo SAS and its shareholders in connection with the sale of Sentryo, a France-based provider of device visibility and security solutions for industrial control system (ICS) networks, to Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions.
  • Critizr raises €15 million in financing roundJones Day advised Critizr, a French company that develops a customer feedback management solution dedicated to the points of sale, in connection with its €15 million (US$16.8 million) round of financing led by 83North.
  • Incepto Medical raises €5.6 million in financing roundJones Day advised Incepto Medical, a French company engaged in the business of co-creation, development, and distribution of AI-based applications for medical imaging in the field of diagnosis and treatment of diseases, in connection with its €5.6 million (US$6.3 million) round of financing led by AXA Venture Partners, Bpifrance Investissement, and CapDecisif Management.
  • Seventure sells Chronotruck to GEFCOJones Day represented Seventure Partners in connection with the sale of Chronotruck, a company that connects shippers and carriers through an innovative digital platform, to GEFCO, a leading logistics provider.
  • Ring participates in €9 million financing round of BleckwenJones Day represented Ring Capital in connection with the €9 million (US$10 million) financing round of Bleckwen, a software editor of anti-fraud solution for banks.
  • Heetch and its existing shareholders participate in $38 million financing round of HeetchJones Day advised issuer and existing investors in connection with the $38 million Series B round of financing of Heetch, a ride-sharing platform with operations across France and French-speaking Africa.
  • Alven Capital and Kerala Ventures invest €10 million in financing round by Georges.techJones Day advised Alven Capital Partners and Kerala Ventures in connection with the €10 million (US$11.3 million) financing round of Georges.tech, a French-based company engaged in the design, development, editing, and management of accounting software.
  • Inside Secure acquires Verimatrix for approximately $145 millionJones Day advised Inside Secure in its all cash acquisition of Verimatrix, Inc. for up to approximately $145 million in cash (including a potential earn-out).
  • Funds managed by Partech Partners and Serena Capital participate in $11.7 million Series A financing round of Odaseva TechnologiesJones Day represented Partech Partners SAS and Serena Capital in connection with the $11.7 million Series A round of financing of Odaseva Technologies, an advanced cloud data platform built for enterprises addressing salesforce back-up, archiving, and GDPR.
  • Idinvest Partners participates in €25 million investment in MaltJones Day represented Idinvest Partners SA in connection with the €25 million (US$28.5 million) round of financing of Malt, a French-based company that develops a marketplace connecting freelances with companies.
  • Omnes Capital and Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Investissement invest €7 million in Teach on MarsJones Day advised Omnes Capital S.A. and Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Investissement in connection with the €7 million (US$7.9 million) Series A round of financing of Teach on Mars, a French-based developer of mobile and internet learning applications.
  • Seventure and CM-CIC Capital Privé sell majority stake in Presto Engineering to NewAlpha Asset ManagementJones Day represented Seventure Partners and CM-CIC Capital Privé in connection with the sale of a majority stake in Presto Engineering, a provider of industrialization and semiconductor manufacturing solutions in the industrial sector, to NewAlpha Asset Management.
  • Alven Capital participates in €10 million financing round of Typology (Good Brands)Jones Day advised Alven Capital SA in connection with the €10 million (US$11.4 million) financing round of Typology (Good Brands), a French-based company engaged in the conception and distribution of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods products.
  • Seventure participates in €6 million financing round of HomerezJones Day advised Seventure Partners in connection with the €6 million (US$6.9 million) financing round of Homerez, a French-based company that develops an on-line real estate agency.
  • Adyax acquired by SmileJones Day assisted the founders of Adyax, an agency which is the recognized European leader in the open source CMS Drupal and that handles large-scale projects, in connection with its sale to Smile, the European leader in Digital and Open Source services.
  • Alven Capital and Idinvest Partners participate in $45 million financing round of MeeroJones Day advised Alven Capital and Idinvest Partners in connection with the $45 million Series B round of financing of Meero, a French-based company that is a leader in large-scale photography and video production.
  • Additional Publications

    • June 28, 2004
      Vers une extension de l'obligation de renégocation en matière contractuelle ?, Petites Affiches
    • November 17, 2003
      La loi de securite financiere: une loi d'insecurite juridique, Option Finance
    • August - September 2001
      L'absorption par une societe par actions simplifiee exige-t-elle le consentement unaime des associes de la sciete aborbee? Bulletin Joly Societes

    Speaking Engagements

    • January 29, 2013
      Le Private Equity : où en sommes-nous ?
    • May 2007
      Strategic Negotiations, panelist, INSEAD
    • Annually 2005-2013
      The Management Package, ESSEC Business School
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