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David-James Sebag


David-James Sebag is a partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate practice group. He specializes in mergers & acquisitions, venture capital, as well as growth and private equity transactions, in particular for cross-border transactions. He represents numerous international groups and private equity funds for their investments in France and companies for their operations (acquisitions, partnerships or financing) in France and the United States. He regularly advises investors, institutions and entrepreneurs for their M&A, VC or growth operations, particularly in the sectors of new technologies, health or sensitive activities (in the sense of foreign investment control).


He graduated from Columbia Law School (LL.M. 2001) and from Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne University (postgraduate degrees in US business law and tax law).


David-James recently advised various investors (Idinvest Partners, Partech Ventures, Temasek, Balderton Capital, CDC International, Serena Capital, Kennet Partners, Samsung Venture, CMCIC, Piton Capital or Siparex) on their investments in European technology companies, including Alan, Devialet, Sendinblue, Molotov, Nuxeo, Financefox, Secret Escapes or ManoMano. He has also assisted companies including MWM, Odaseva, Spendesk, Dreem, Launchmetrics, Happn, Storefront, Dataiku, Coorpacademy, DJiT and Launchmetrics during their fundraising or their flip in the United States.


Chambers Europe 2022 – Venture Capital (Band 1)

“Strong private equity team with a particular focus on venture capital, acting for both investors and emerging companies. Recognised for its expertise in the technology sector. Regularly represents domestic and international clients in pan-European and cross-border mandates.

David-James is ranked in Chambers Europe 2021  –  Private Equity: Venture Capital.

David-James Sebag acts for venture capital funds and startups on transactions spanning sectors such as e-commerce, entertainment and insurance. Clients enthuse: “He is a very commercial and pragmatic venture capital lawyer,” adding: “He is highly organised and responsive.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2022 – Venture/Growth Capital (Tier 1)

“Gide successfully maintained its reputation as a venture and growth capital leader, attracting a consistently high flow of matters from investors and issuers. Technology matters account for the majority of transactions, with other key instructions originating in the e-mobility, software, retail and insurance markets (…).

David-James is ranked as “Leading Individual” in Legal 500 EMEA 2021 – Venture Capital.

David-James Sebag – great experience and really responsive. All that you could wish for in a client relationship partner as well as your main transactional partner.

Pierre Karpik and David-James Sebag lead the team with talent. They are very involved in the files, very available.”

Best Lawyer 2021 – Venture Capital

David-James is recognized in Venture Capital in Best Lawyers 2021.


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