Olivier Edwards is a lawyer in Orrick’s Paris office, member of the Technology Companies Group. He advises emerging companies and venture capital funds on investment, merger and acquisition matters with an emphasis on cross-border deals.
Olivier has been and is continuously recognized in Chambers & Partners, and has been described by his clients as “a very senior lawyer with vast experience in the merger and acquisition process,” "a talented lawyer and leading figure.“ He is a top-tier venture capital practitioner renowned for his fund-raising prowess and is often called the “godfather" of French venture law.
He recently integrated the Legal 500 Hall of fame in Venture Capital for receiving "..constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession." (Legal 500)
With a great experience on cross-border merger and acquisitions deals, and joint-venture operations, Olivier has worked with key players of the tech market such as eBay, Sony Ericsson, Softbank, Astanor, Biom'Up, Balyo, Aledia and Partech.
With Matteo Daste, Olivier is a co-founder and co-Chair of Silicon Valley’s Europe Desk which strengthens our unique positioning alongside European companies aiming at Silicon Valley’s capital and technologies and US corporates looking for investment opportunities in Europe.
Before joining Orrick as a Senior Counsel, Olivier was a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel and was the Head of European Venture department at Morgan Lewis law firm.