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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

367

€M turnover in 2018

90

offices throughout France

1450

lawyers, legal experts and consultants
A unique approach to practice our profession
Working alongside our clients for 97 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 within 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 a 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 into 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_Executive_Commitee_Yves de Sevin et Régis Lassabe

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

The Technical Division
The Technical Division, a unique approach on the market, brings together more than 190 lawyers, located throughout France, to develop services offered by the firm and to ensure that they keep pace with the latest legislative and regulatory developments. They guarantee our expertise.

Their role:
- Develop the firm's legal principles and guidelines
- Guarantee quality service
- Liaise with institutions and administrations
- Ensure the sharing of knowledge
- Coordinate and develop the firm's technical activities
- Develop innovative solutions

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 directions
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 in1935
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
Fidal expands abroad
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.

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