Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage leads 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. Co-head of Orrick’s French Desk located in the heart of the Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley), he assists French start-ups throughout their growth overseas as well as a clientele of American investors or buyers.

From his first venture deal at Orrick 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 170 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). Benjamin has thus contributed to placing Orrick’s Tech practice in the Top 3 most active law firms in France (Capital Finance’s ranking of “the 20 most important law firms in French venture capital in 2019”, January 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.

  • Representative transactions include the following:

    Companies and founders

    • Acinq: Seed & Series A
    • Alan: Series A, B, & C
    • Algolia: YC flip, Series A, B, & C
    • Alltricks: Seed extension & acquisition by Decathlon
    • Ambler: Series A
    • Beam: Seed
    • BulldozAir: Series A
    • Botify: Series B
    • Comet: Seed extension & Series A
    • Dataiku: Acquisition of a stake by Capital G/Google & Series D
    • eNovance: Acquisition by Red Hat
    • Fretlink: Series A & B
    • Getaround: Acquisition of Drivy
    • Hiresweet: YC flip & Seed
    • iBanFirst: Series B
    • Ilek: Series A
    • Inato: Seed & Series A
    • Jow: Seed+
    • Kaiko: Seed & Series A
    • Kactus: Series A
    • Klaxoon: Series B
    • La Fourchette: Acquisition by TripAdvisor
    • Lalilo: Series A
    • Livestorm: Series A
    • Luko: Seed & Series A
    • Matera: Series A
    • Neolane: Acquisition by Adobe
    • Paycar: Seed & acquisition by Le Bon Coin
    • Payfit: Series B & C
    • Riot Security: Seed
    • Regaind: Acquisition by Apple
    • Saagie: Series A extension & B
    • Sencrop: Seed & Series A
    • Shipfix: Seed
    • Shipup: Seed & Series A
    • SimpliField: Series B
    • Sorare: Seed
    • Sqreen: YC flip & Serie A
    • Strapi: Seed & Serie A
    • Stupeflix: Seed, Seed extension & acquisition by GoPro
    • Tempow: Seed
    • Totem: Seed & Seed Extension
    • Virgil: Seed
    • Wemaintain: Seed & Series A
    • Zenly: Series A, B, & acquisition by Snap
    • Zyl: Seed & Seed extension

    Investors

    • Atlantic Bridge (UK): iObeya
    • Atomico (UK): Oh Bibi!
    • Bessemer Venture Partners (U.S.): Criteo
    • Bpifrance: Kyriba (U.S.), Launchmetrics (U.S.), LumpApps, Ornikar, Owkin (U.S.), Prodontis (U.S.), Ribogenics (U.S.)
    • Cathay Innovation: OnTruck, Owkin (U.S.)
    • Diamond Edge Ventures (U.S.) (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporate Venture): Lactips
    • Frst: Escape
    • Lighstpeed Venture Partners (U.S./ISR): Wikio (aka Teads)
    • Hardware Club: Remedee Labs, Cowboy
    • Mundi Ventures (SP): +Simple.fr
    • Raise Capital: Courbet, Jabmo, Bergamotte
    • Upfront Ventures (U.S.): Ynsect, Prevision.io