Paris Team Hosts Workshops to Promote Diversity in French Legal Sector

Les Entretiens de l’Excellence

Sponsored Event | November.30.2018 | 1:30pm - 7:00pm (Central European Standard Time)

Orrick Rambaud Martel

Our Paris office has once again partnered with Les Entretiens de l’Excellence to introduce diverse French law students to a wide range of career paths in the legal industry.

Les Entretiens de l’Excellence promotes access to higher education and equal opportunity among young students from diverse ethnic, socio-economic and geographic backgrounds.

During this year’s event, 34 law professionals – including lawyers, magistrates, in-house lawyers and general counsels, contract managers, compliance officers and data protection officers – took part in an afternoon of small-group workshops, offering career insights and feedback to more than 100 students from 9 law schools. Students also had the opportunity to apply for internships in different legal fields.

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This is our second year hosting the event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Les Entretiens de l’Excellence. Thanks to our team of organizers: Benjamin Cichostepski and Yann Schneller, who is an active member of the organization, with support from Janina Dahmouh, Marie-Elise Douge and Adélaïde Jomier.



  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage Partner Technology Companies Group, Mergers & Acquisitions


Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage is a member of Orrick’s Technology Companies Group in the Paris office.

For nearly 15 years, Benjamin has been advising high-potential innovative companies as well as Venture and Tech Growth investors on all their corporate private equity and M&A transactions in France and worldwide.

As such, he is involved in every stage of their development, from incubation and fundraising to external growth and industrial or stock market exits.

Benjamin has notably a recognized experience in assisting French companies seeking to establish themselves in the United States. He assists French start-ups throughout their growth overseas as well as a clientele of American investors or buyers.

From his first venture deal in 2006, where he represented Lightspeed Venture Partners in Wikio’s Series A, which became Teads, a company that he then accompanied for 11 years until its sale to Altice, Benjamin has led more than 200 Corporate Tech transactions and has been involved in the main exit transactions in recent years, particularly Franco-American ones (Neolane/Adobe, La Fourchette/TripAdvisor, Stupeflix/GoPro, eNovance/Red Hat, Regaind/Apple, Zenly/Snap, Teads/Altice, Getaround/Drivy, Glose/Medium, Sqreen/Datadog, Lalilo/Renaissance Learning). Benjamin has thus contributed to placing the firm's Tech practice in the Top 3 most active law firms in France (Capital Finance’s ranking of “the most active law firms in French venture capital" in 2019 and 2020 – Capital Finance is the weekly business newsletter of Les Echos, the French equivalent of FT and WSJ).

Recognized each year as one of the best lawyers in the market in Venture and Tech Growth, Benjamin is ranked as the most active tech lawyer in France in 2019 by transaction volume in CFNews’ ranking (February 2020 – CFNews is the French equivalent of PitchBook and focuses on private equity data). He is also ranked by Chambers Europe in the Private Equity category in 2020 and 2021.



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Africa

Janina Dahmouh Managing Associate Energy, Infrastructure


Janina focuses on public procurement (PPP and concessions) and public domain law.

She regularly works on regulatory issues and has a particular focus on the energy sector. She advises both private entities and public entities in the development of projects, with a main focus on renewable energy.

Before joining Orrick, Janina completed several internships with French and other major international law firms and also with an independent administrative authority (ARCEP).