Arsene > Paris, France > Firm Profile

75008 PARIS

France > Tax Tier 2

Arsene is a powerhouse on the French market with a team of more than 150 lawyers. The tax firm offers a broad range of expertise; from day-to-day management to strategic tax reorganisation, due diligence, transactional tax structuring, transfer pricing, international taxation and litigation. The firm is especially strong in the field of private equity and LBO, where it is retained by many leading French and international investment funds to assist with the due diligence and tax structuring. The firm also advises large corporations and fields an excellent transfer pricing practice. It also handles real estate tax. Managing partner Denis Andres is highly regarded, while other key members include: Mirouna Verban and Alexandre Rocchi for corporate tax advice; Roland Schneider for tax litigation; François Lugand and Franck Llinas for real estate tax, as well as Vincent Desoubries and Benoit Bec for international tax and transfer pricing. Yoann Chemana is also forging a reputation in this area.

Practice head(s):

Denis Andres

Other key lawyers:

Mirouna Verban; Alexandre Rocchi; Roland Schneider; François Lugand; Vincent Desoubries; Benoît Bec; Yoann Chemana; Franck Llinas; Fabien Billaert; Nathalie Habibou


‘Team dedicated to tax law with a 360° view on the subject. Great capacity for initiative and analyses on all tax issues ranging from operational taxation to structuring’.

‘François Lugand and his team, including Pierre Lucas, are clearly the best tax lawyers in Paris. they have a very strong ability to innovate, find solutions to problems, anticipate all needs. They are deal makers, know how to make you make the right decisions, and are decisive.’

‘The team is proactive.’

‘Fabien Billaert is generally very available to his clients and finds pragmatic solutions that can easily be implemented by companies. Nathalie Habibou assists us on VAT and provides very operational advice. She knows how to adapt to her interlocutor.’

‘Responsiveness and competence, and good listening to the customer’.

‘Denis Andres has considerable experience. Yoann Chemama shows great responsiveness and pragmatism’.

‘Arsene has a very competent, responsive and business oriented team. It always knows how to understand the needs of its clients, seeks out the best specialists according to the issues at stake and ultimately finds innovative and appropriate solutions.’

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Work highlights

  • Advised M6 within the merger with TF1 (leading French Media groups).
  • Advised Pernod Ricard Group worldwide on its Transform & Accelerate Plan.
  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI) on the acquisition of GEDH.

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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