Benjamin Cichostepski-Lesage

Partner

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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.

  • Representative transactions include the following:

    Companies and founders

    • Acinq: Seed, Series A
    • Alan: Series A, B, C, D, acquisition of Jour
    • Algolia: YC flip, Series A, B, C, D
    • Alltricks: Seed extension, acquisition by Decathlon
    • Ambler: Series A
    • Beam: Seed, Series A
    • BulldozAir: YC Flip, Series A
    • Botify: Series B, C
    • Cajoo: Seed, Series A
    • Chefclub: Series B
    • Comet: Seed extension,  Series A
    • Dataiku: Acquisition of a stake by Capital G/Google, Series D, E
    • eNovance: Acquisition by Red Hat
    • Fretlink: Series A, B
    • Getaround: Acquisition of Drivy
    • Glose: Acquisition by Medium
    • Hiresweet: YC flip, Seed
    • Homa Games: Series A
    • iBanFirst: Series B
    • Ilek: Series A
    • In&Motion: Seed, Series  B
    • Jow: Seed+, Series A
    • Kaiko: Seed, Series A
    • Kactus: Series A
    • Klaxoon: Series B
    • La Fourchette: Acquisition by TripAdvisor
    • Lalilo: Series A, acquisition by Renaissance Learning
    • Livestorm: Series A, B
    • Luko: Seed, Series A, B
    • Nabla: Series A
    • Neolane: Acquisition by Adobe
    • Opal os: Seed
    • Paycar: Seed, acquisition by Le Bon Coin
    • Payfit: Series B, C, D
    • Polar Analytics: 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, Seed extension, Series A, B
    • Sqreen: YC flip, Series A, acquisition by Datadog
    • Strapi: Seed, Series A
    • Stupeflix: Seed, acquisition by GoPro
    • Tempow: Seed
    • Totem: Seed, Seed Extension, Series A
    • Virgil: Seed
    • Zefir: Seed
    • Zenly: Series A, B, acquisition by Snap
    • Zyl: Seed, Seed extension

    Investors

    • Ace Capital Partners: Preligens (previously Earthcube)
    • Atlantic Bridge (UK): iObeya
    • Atomico (UK): Oh Bibi!, SheeldMarket
    • Battery Ventures: Shippeo
    • Bessemer Venture Partners (U.S.): Criteo
    • Bpifrance: Kyriba (U.S.), Launchmetrics (U.S.), LumpApps, Ornikar, Owkin (U.S.), Prodontis (U.S.), Ribogenics (U.S.), Swile
    • Cathay Innovation: OnTruck, Owkin (U.S.)
    • Diamond Edge Ventures (U.S.) (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporate Venture): Lactips
    • Frst: Escape
    • Idinvest/Eurazeo: Swile
    • index Ventures (UK): Ankorstore, Swile
    • Lighstpeed Venture Partners (U.S./ISR): Wikio (aka Teads)
    • Hardware Club: Remedee Labs, Cowboy, Augmenta
    • Mundi Ventures (SP): +Simple.fr
    • Raise Capital: Courbet, Jabmo, Bergamotte
    • Serena Capital: Work4, Powder, Norbert Health
    • Stride VC: Purchasely
    • Upfront Ventures (U.S.): Ynsect, Prevision.io
    • XAnge: DynAdmic, Believe