Les Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut is a leading European tax and regulatory publisher, initially stemming from a merger between Editions Francis Lefebvre and Editions Législatives in 1999 with a focus on publishing, professional education and database integration. Les Editions Francis Lefebvre was founded in 1930 ad Les Editions Législatives was founded in 1947. Les Editions Législatives publishes loose-leaf-collections and is a leader in social and business law.

Both companies continue to act as separate editorial and commercial entities along with Dalloz, the leading French academic law publisher and publisher of the Little Red Book series, which it purchased from Hachette in 2006.

Les Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut specializes in tax, law, accountability and social publishing targeted at international corporations, with a focus on professional expertise.

The group has offices in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and the UK.

Analysis & Key Developments


Lefebvre-Sarrut is a privately held company that does not release any financial information aside from the annual revenue and overall profit referenced in the chart.

Internal Organization

The international brands owned by Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut include Sdu Uitgevers in the Netherlands, Lefebvre-El Derecho in Spain, Larcier group in Belgium, Indicator in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and FLMemo in the UK.

The group co-owns the brands Juris in Germany (45%) and Ipsoa Francis Lefebvre in Italy (50%).

ELS also operates in professional training in France, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands leveraging on the strong brands of its publishing division.

In 2014, ELS Gestion was created by les Editions Lefebvre-Sarrut as an exclusive service company to bring together all the support needs.

Key Developments

In 2016, ELS acquired Larcier group, the leading publisher of legal content in Belgium with a growing presence in the French and Luxembourg markets. Larcier also has a strong position in professional products on the Belgian market.

Additionally in 2016, le group strengthened its position on professional training with the acquisition of CAA.

In 2013, the group acquired SDU, a Dutch publisher with leading positions in legal, tax and regulatory and business information as well. Through SDU, ELS now has a 45% control in Juris, a German online publisher.

In 2011, the company acquired 100% of Publishco Holding NV, a Belgian publishing company. The Group Publishco holding NV publishes books and newsletters under the Indicator Brand in 5 European countries.

In 2006, Editions Dalloz was acquired from Hachette Livre, and is a publisher of Civil Law, including the French “Little Red Book” series.

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