Arsene > Paris, France > Firm Profile

75008 PARIS

France > Tax Tier 2

Arsene is a high-profile tax boutique with a deep bench and comprehensive range of expertise. The firm has high-level expertise in various areas, with its private equity tax practice of advising leading international and French investment funds on tax due diligence and structuring of large LBO transactions as a core line of work. Recently, the firm was also retained to advise on one of France’s most significant M&A transactions in 2021. The group’s transfer pricing capabilities are also highly impressive. The excellent property tax practice is sought after by several US investment funds which turn to the practice for high-stakes litigation pertaining to withholding tax. Managing partner Denis Andres is highly recommended. Also recommended are Mirouna Verban  and Alexandre Rocchi for corporate tax advice; Roland Schneider  for tax litigation; François Lugand for real estate tax, as well as Vincent Desoubries  and Benoit Bec  for international tax and transfer pricing.

Practice head(s):

Denis Andres

Other key lawyers:

Mirouna Verban; Alexandre Rocchi; Roland Schneider; François Lugand; Vincent Desoubries; Benoît Bec


‘Beyond technical skills, the firm offers very qualitative support and has a real entrepreneurial vision.’

‘Great ability to follow all tax issues and anticipate all portfolio topics. The team is very involved, knows how to build a real relationship with its clients and find ideas to create value for all parties.’

‘François Lugand is a person of exceptional analytical skills, who knows how to position himself clearly on subjects while always protecting the interests of his clients. He knows how to be ‘straight to the point’ and does not hesitate to follow up on subjects. His team is also very talented, in particular Pierre Lucas (counsel), who follows in François’ footsteps and knows how to be hyper- efficient and deep in his analyses.’

‘Proactive, pragmatic and serious firm.’

‘A French specialist in LBO companies. Close proximity, great listening and real business partner on simple, but also complex subjects.’

‘What is very appreciable is Mirouna Verban’s availability, the quality of our discussions, openness and the search for a solution. She always respects the timing, with quality solutions, even when the deadlines are short. The long-term support, stability of the team, is very appreciable.’

‘This is a team of tax experts. In addition, the firm knows, through its in-depth knowledge of its clients, to create a special relationship allowing him to be as close as possible to their needs.’

‘An innovative firm, knowing very well the sector of activity of our organisation. It is a responsive, creative structure with which I work with complete confidence. Advice given is pragmatic, secure and always taking into consideration the constraints, culture and environment of our organisation.’

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HOROMETRIE (Richard Mille)








Work highlights

  • Advised M6 on the merger with TF1 (leading French Media groups), one of the largest transaction of the year (market capitalisation of ca. $5bn).
  • Advising PERNOD RICARD on a tax and transfer pricing analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the worldwide allocation of the profit and losses generated.

The firm: Arsene is the first business law firm in France exclusively specialising in tax. A founding member of the Taxand international network (spanning 50 countries, with 400 partners and 2,000 tax advisors), Arsene is independent and not related to any audit or law firm.

Founded in 2004 by Frederic Donnedieu de Vabres and Olivier Vergniolle, Arsene is a true success story. Within ten years, the firm has positioned itself as a credible alternative to Big four firms and is considered a high added value firm by the market. Arsene has reached the size of 100 lawyers and economists among which are 21 high-level partners and achieved more than €40m in annual revenues, making the firm one of the top law firms in France from a turnover standpoint.

M&A – private equity Denis Andres
M&A – private equity Frédéric Teper
M&A – private equity Alexandre Rocchi
Customs Marc Brocardi
Energy and environment David Chaumontet
Corporate tax management and strategy Olivier Vergniolle
Corporate tax management and strategy Franck Chaminade
Corporate tax management and strategy Mirouna Verban
Transfer pricing Antoine Glaize
Transfer pricing Vincent Desoubries
Transfer pricing Benoît Bec
Tax audit and litigation Roland Schneider
Tax audit and litigation Nicolas Jacquot
Real estate François Lugand
Real estate Franck Llinas
Real estate Stéphanie Hamis
R&D, research tax credit, IP and innovation funding Alain Recoules
R&D, research tax credit, IP and innovation funding Pierre Marchand
Corporate executives Frédéric Donnedieu de Vabres
VAT and indirect taxes Nathalie Habibou
Corporate executives Franck Chaminade
Contributions and local taxes Olivier Vergniolle
Contributions and local taxes Patrice Corbin
Contributions and local taxes Brice Picard
M&A – private equity Brice Picard
Number of lawyers : 2000+ including 400 partners
at this office : 100 including 21 partners
Founding member of Taxand
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