Les Editions Lefebvre Sarrut is the result of a merger between Editions Francis Lefebvre and Editions Législatives in 1999, with a focus on publishing, professional education, and database integration. Editions Lefebvre Sarrut (as well as Formation Francis Lefebvre) specializes in tax, law, accountability, and social publishing, addressing the requirements and professional ethics for corporations and their international branches. It includes the main French Academic Law publisher, Dalloz, bought from Hachette in 2005.

Editions Francis Lefebvre was initially founded in 1930, building on its founders since 1894. Editions Législatives, founded in 1947, is a publisher of loose-leaf-collections and a leader in social and business law.

While Les Editions Législatives and La société des éditions Francis Lefebvre merged in 1999 into today’s holding of Les Editions Lefebvre Sarrut, both companies and Dalloz continue to act as separate editorial and commercial entities. Thier combined yearly revenues (from all their activities, including software development and professional education) are ca. 1 billion EUR.

The company has offices in Spain, Italy, Belgium and UK.

Key company developments in 2011 & 1st half year 2012


Levebvre Sarrut is a privately held company and does not release any financial information aside from the annual revenue. It shows continuous growth over the past 5 years.

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In 2010, the company introduced a new legal service, Jurisprudence Chiffree (Case Law in Numbers), a Web-based application enabling lawyers and other legal researchers to gain immediate insights by visualizing relevant quantitative data from decisions handed down by 35 different Courts of Appeal across France. The service results from a new cooperation with US based TEMIS, a leading provider of Text Analytics software solutions for the Enterprise. Founded in 2000, TEMIS operates in the United States, Canada, UK, France and Germany, and is represented worldwide through its network of certified partners.

In 2009, Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut acquired a stake in Dhimyotis, a company specialized in digital authentication and electronic signature services.

Editions Dalloz, acquired in 2006 from Hachette Livre, is a publisher of Civil Law, including the French Little Red Book series.

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