Pierre Karpik is a partner in Gide's Mergers-Acquisitions/Corporate practice group. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate law.
Pierre is more specifically involved in venture capital and capital investment transactions, particularly high-tech, and is counsel both to investors (Eurazeo/Idinvest, Isai, 360, Ventech, Accel, BlackFin, BpiFrance, etc, to corporate entities interested in the starup companies (Legrand, CNP, CMA, Société Générale...) and to issuing companies (Doctolib, BlaBlaCar, Meilleurs Agents or Younited Credit, as well as, in the past, Fortuneo, Price Minister,, etc.). He advises investors and growth companies on their funding rounds, restructuring, external growth transactions and their exit.
Pierre Karpik has maintained close ties with the Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) business school, where he provides training on venture capital.
He has from day one be regularly listed as a Leading Individual in the Private Equity - Venture Capital section of the Chambers Europe and Legal 500 directories, as well as in the rankings of French magazines Décideurs and Option Droit & Affaires.
« Pierre Karpik et David-James Sebag dirigent l’équipe avec talent. Ils sont très impliqués dans les fichiers, très disponibles. Julien Negroni et Donal Davy sont des atouts exceptionnels pour l’équipe. »
Legal 500 Paris 2022 - Private Equity : Capital risque et Capital developpement
« The team is led by trio Pierre Karpik, David-James Sebag and Louis Oudot de Dainville who bring extensive expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors to the table. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Private Equity: Venture / Growth Capital
« Pierre Karpik is a foremost venture capital lawyer and maintains a client base of leading private equity funds, venture capital firms and insurance companies. He assists with investments in sectors spanning finance, food and IT. »
Chambers Europe 2022 - PE: Venture Capital
« Pierre Karpik and David-James Sebag lead the team with talent. They are very involved in the files, very available. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Pierre Karpik is a foremost venture capital lawyer and maintains a client base of leading private equity funds, venture capital firms and insurance companies. He is praised by one client for his "amazing venture capital experience and very strong negotiation skills," adding: "It is super helpful to have him on our side; he is a hard worker and I can call him anytime." He assists with investments in sectors spanning finance, life sciences and IT. »
Chambers Europe 2021
« Outstanding private equity team with particular focus on venture capital and fund-raising, acting for both investors and companies. Recognised for its expertise in the technology sector. Also noted for its leading practice in fund formation matters including private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds. Clients appreciate the team's 'really quick and good understanding of who we are and our constraints.' Sources value the provision of 'the multi-expertise of a one-stop shop and the follow-up on all subjects by a single team.' Pierre Karpik is a key player in the French venture capital market. One client highlights his 'excellent knowledge of the mechanisms and practices,' adding that he is an 'extremely good negotiator with a real ability to understand the business stakes of his clients.' He advises investors and issuers on their capital investment transactions. »
Chambers Europe 2018
« Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. handled a large number of venture and growth capital instructions and acts for investors and target companies. The group covers the full range of investment issues, from the drafting and the negotiation of investment agreements to issuing securities and setting up profit-sharing and incentive plans, for executives and shareholders. Private investments in public equity are one of the firm’s key strengths. Pierre Karpik is the key name for venture and growth capital matters and has a core focus on the high-tech sector. Recent highlights include advising the investors on the €100m fundraising for high-tech electronics player Devialet and acting for the investors on the fundraising for Actility, which attracted investors including Bpifrance, KPN Ventures and Inmarsat. Other instructions came from Ulule, Dataiku and Qapa. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018