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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quadrille Capital participates in $80 million financing round of EvaneosJones Day advised Quadrille Capital SAS in connection with the $80 million round of financing of Evaneos SA, a leading internet marketplace for complex, tailor-made, long-haul vacations.
  • Ring participates in €18 million financing round of LinkfluenceJones Day advised Ring SAS in connection with the €18 million (US$21 million) financing round of Linkfluence, a leading social data intelligence company that offers unique solutions for the monitoring, analysis, and activation of social media channels.
  • Tiller Systems raises €12 million in Series B roundJones Day advised Tiller Systems, a French-based company that develops and manufactures a certified cash register solution, in connection with its €12 million (US$13.9 million) Series B round of financing led by Ring Capital, Omnes Capital, and 360 Capital Partners.
  • Kalray completes €47.7 million IPO on Euronext Growth market of Euronext in ParisJones Day advised Kalray S.A., a manufacturer of a new generation of manycore processors, and Gilbert Dupont and Portzamparc as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners in connection with Kalray's €47.7 million (US$56.1 million) initial public offering on the Euronext Growth market of Euronext in Paris.
  • Alven Capital invests in FeedJones Day advised Alven Capital Partners in connection with the €15 million (US$17.3 million) round of financing of Feed, a smart food company.
  • Bpifrance Investissement, Alven Capital, Citizen Capital Partenaires, and NJJ Capital invest $60 million in OpenClassrooms alongside General AtlanticJones Day assisted OpenClassrooms, Bpifrance Investissement, Alven Capital, Citizen Capital Partenaires, and NJJ Capital in connection with the $60 million round of financing of OpenClassrooms, an online course platform, led by General Atlantic.
  • Bpifrance and Balestier participate in €27 million financing round of LimFlowJones Day represented Bpifrance and Balestier in connection with a €27 million (US$33.5 million) Series C round of financing of LimFlow SA, a developer of innovative, peripheral endovascular technology transforming the treatment of critical limb ischemia.
  • 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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