Fidal - France’s largest business law firm

France’s largest business law firm

As strategic partners of businesses, institutions and organizations, we strive to use the law as a driving force to enhance their performance and growth in France and internationally.

1922

Established in

€M367

of turnover in 2018

90

offices throughout France

1450

associates, jurists and consultants
a unique approach to practice our profession
Working alongside our clients for 96 years, we know all the economic and institutional players and understand their issues.
Proud of our history but clearly focused on the future, we are constantly adapting our services to anticipate our clients’ needs and assist in their development.
In all areas of legal and tax advice and litigation, locally or internationally, our clients work with women and men with in the field experience who speak the same language and understand their needs.
Our pursuit of excellence and innovation enable us to provide insightful and enterprising advice which is also strategic and pragmatic.
In this way, we are a driving force in the development of new law that protects companies and organizations and enhances their competitiveness and success.
The Firm’s governance
Fidal is a SELAS (société d’exercice libéral par actions simplifiées).

The company is managed by an Executive Committee with a Chairman, Yves de Sevin, and a Managing Director, Régis Lassabe.

A Deputy Managing Director, Dominique Ferré, and three Executive Directors assist the Board:
- Carole Chatelain, Executive Director in charge of Human Resources
- Jean-Henri Daudignon, Executive Director in charge of internal staff management
- Philippe Grosjean, Executive Director in charge of development.

The Executive Committee is elected by a Supervisory Board for a renewable four-year term. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the Executive Committee’s management and is elected every three years by the general meeting of partners. Didier Millot has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since March 2018.

This mode of governance encourages broad-based consultations among partners, while granting to the Executive Committee the autonomy necessary to exercise its power of management.
The partners meet at annual general meetings, convened to approve the financial statements for the past fiscal year, to approve the main strategic guidelines as defined by the Executive Committee and to appoint new partners to the firm.
Fidal's share capital is held exclusively by lawyers working within the firm. Our shareholding policy is one of the most liberal in the profession, with more than one third of our lawyers being partners. This organization makes it possible to better understand the workings of the firm and share with them the profits generated by the firm as a whole.
Fidal - Yves de Sevin and Régis Lassabe

Yves de Sevin, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Régis Lassabe, Managing Director

The Technical Division
Unique on the market, Fidal’s technical division, composed of lawyers from the head and regional offices, is a think tank of recognized experts, including both practitioners and academics, dedicated to the technical excellence of the firm and the development of its clients.

The technical directors and their respective teams are organized into 9 departments covering all of the firm’s practice areas. They provide a cross-disciplinary perspective and analysis of the issues faced by our clients. They are the guarantors of our expertise.
SAFEGUARD AND DEVELOP
SAFEGUARD AND DEVELOP
  • Establish Fidal’s doctrine and train the lawyers on new legislative and regulatory provisions
  • Ensure that our clients receive the same high level of service throughout France
  • Accompany the development of our clients by offering customized and adaptable services
REPRESENT AND CONNECT
REPRESENT AND CONNECT
  • Involvement in standard-creating processes to ensure that they meet the needs of the economy
  • Represent the firm before institutions and administrations
  • Provide a comprehensive approach to assisting clients on cross and multi-disciplinary issues
DECIPHER AND INNOVATE
DECIPHER AND INNOVATE
  • Provide a forward-looking analysis of new standards in order to better ascertain their significance and decipher their impact
  • Develop innovative solutions to turn legal obstacles into opportunities
  • Create innovative digital tools to anticipate the needs of clients and assist them through their transformations
Together, we nurture the pursuit of excellence and innovation to deliver advice that is at once bold and sound, pragmatic and strategic. In doing so, we participate in the creation of a legal environment that actively contributes to the competitiveness and long-term success of organizations.
Operational Departments
Our operational departments support operational teams by providing them with the technical backup required for their activities. These are key functions that enable lawyers and legal experts to work efficiently and help the firm to expand, while contributing to client satisfaction.
Operational Departments
Our History

1922

Fiduciaire de France was established
Fiduciaire de France was established
Albert Liothaud, a chartered accountant, created Fiduciaire de France, a tax and accounting services firm in Grenoble. A year later, the firm moved to new premises on Rue de Penthièvre in Paris. Léon and Fernand Galtier, both specialists in insurance valuation and expertise, joined the Board of Directors.

1924

The team of pioneers is now complete
Albert Méary tax specialist and tax inspector
Albert Méary, tax specialist and tax inspector, joined the Executive Committee. He developed the legal advisory, tax and accounting services and was instrumental in the firm’s decentralization.

1928

Closer proximity to our clients
Fiduciaire de France in 1928
Fiduciaire de France already had 10 head regional divisions and 24 offices. With the law enacted in 1925, it could also provide legal services alongside tax consulting.

1935

A thriving business
Fiduciaire de France in 1935
Fiduciaire de France continued to expand, with 43 regional and local offices, 235 employees and 5,000 clients.

1945

Audit and advisory are separated
Audit and advisory are separated
The French “Ordre des Experts Comptables” issued an order that accounting activities be separated from legal and tax activities. The Fiduciaire de France (future KPMG SA) was kept as an accounting firm and a separate Société Juridique et Fiscale de France (to later become FIDAL) was established for the legal and tax advisory services.

1955

A new era
Fiduciaire de France in 1955
More than 25,000 clients use the firm's legal and tax services in metropolitan France and North Africa. A new chapter begins in the firm’s history following the death of Albert Méary, who dedicated more than 30 years’ service to the firm’s development.

1971

Status of legal advisor created
Société Juridique et Fiscale de France in 1971
Legislation is passed to regulate the legal profession, creating the status of Legal Advisor, with a view to bringing together the attorney and legal advisor professions. The only shareholders of Société Juridique et Fiscale de France are now its legal advisors and attorneys.

1972

Fiduciaire de France celebrates 50 years
Fiduciaire de France celebrates 50 years
As Fiduciaire de France celebrates its 50th anniversary, Société Juridique et Fiscale de France already has 650 legal advisors.

1991

Fidal is created
Fidal is created in 1991
Upon the merger of the attorney and legal advisor professions, Société Juridique et Fiscale de France became Fiduciaire Juridique et Fiscale de France and took its current name, Fidal.

2003

Separation of the audit and consulting professions
Fidal in 2003
Fidal, in consultation with KPMG SA (formerly Fiduciaire de France), reaffirmed the independence of its lawyers, initiated back in 1945 with the separation of legal and tax consulting activities from accounting. Fidal has nevertheless remained one of the preferred partners of KPMG Tax International.

2012

A new development strategy
A new development strategy
Fidal is developing its network of global partners, which is expanding rapidly, and is confirming its strategy of opening up to the business world by creating a new division: Fidal Innovation, which provides industrial property and patent advisory services.
GENDER EQUALITY INDEX
The firm’s 2018 global gender equality index score is 74.

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