Non-profit organisations - Social and solidarity-based entrepreneurship

Non-profit organisations - Social and solidarity-based entrepreneurship

We work with, advise and defend, both on legal and fiscal terms, an extensive number of non-profit organisations and a variety of actors in the social and solidarity-based economy, in all of their activity domains.
attorneys and legal specialists
years of experience


We have recognised expertise in many business sectors : philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, culture, research, sports, denominations and religions, social and medical-social establishments, professional organisations, patronage and sponsorship, education and vocational training, works councils, mutualist sector, cooperatives, etc.

We contribute to all stages of the life and development of structures in the social and solidarity-based economy, notably in the following situations :

  • creation of social structures (foundations recognised as a public interest and other forms, associations, endowment funds, unions, cooperatives, mutual groups, etc.),
  • upstream and downstream tax consulting for the creation of organisations,
  • monitoring of day-to-day operations,
  • reflection, set-up and complete support for reorganisation, restructuring and development strategies,
  • restructuring operations : combinations, pooling, mergers, divisions, partial asset transfers, etc.,
  • sectoring or set-up of subsidiaries for commercial activities,
  • legal, fiscal and social audits,
  • management of relations between employers, employees and volunteers,
  • relations with local authorities, the State and government agencies,
  • drafting of contracts suited to the characteristics of non-profit organisations (partnership, consortium, loans for use, secondment, etc.),
  • management of internal conflicts and specific legal disputes,
  • management of tax, administrative and social disputes,
  • dissolution and voluntary winding up,
  • insolvency proceedings,
  • patronage and sponsorship,
  • support for philanthropic projects by companies, families or individuals,
  • consulting and support for social entrepreneurs, for the creation and development of their projects.

With a wealth of unique and historical experience, the “Non-profit organisations – Social and solidarity-based economy” department relies on a team that, with approximately 25 lawyers and legal specialists, is one of the largest and best structured in FRANCE.

It innovates and regularly contributes to the development of the legal and regulatory framework of organisations in the Social economy.

Finally, it draws on the specific areas of expertise of the firm’s other departments, notably “Social law - Social protection”, “Public law”, “Corporate law - Mergers-acquisitions”, “Personal data” and “Life sciences”.

Rankings of the department

  • Legal 500 EMEA :
    • « The firm is one of the market’s stand-out advisors for non-profits and foundations, thanks to Xavier Delsol, founding partner and chairman of the firm ».
  • Décideurs 2021 :
    • Taxation of non-profit organizations – Unbeatable


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