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Gide Loyrette Nouel, counsel to Groupe Auchan
December 5, 2012   
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Gide Loyrette Nouel advises Groupe Auchan on the acquisition of Real's business in Central and Eastern Europe. Groupe Auchan will take over the operational activities and real estate assets of the Metro Groupe subsidiary in Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

The acquisition of Real Eastern Europe comprises 91 Real hypermarkets in Poland, Russia, Romania and Ukraine, as well as 13 shopping centres in Russia and Romania. This includes 54 hypermarkets located in Poland. The purchase price of this transaction amounts to EUR 1.1 bn.

The acquisition still requires approval from the relevant antitrust authorities and will most likely be closed in 2013.

Legal counsel to Auchan: The multi-jurisdictional team of Gide Loyrette Nouel offices (Bucharest, Kiev, Moscow and Warsaw) was co-ordinated by Paris office partners Christophe Eck (corporate) and Emmanuel Reille (antitrust).

In Poland, the team was led by partners, Dariusz Tokarczuk and Hugues Moreau, assisted by senior associates Szymon Chwaliński (antitrust), Błażej Czwarnok (real estate), Joanna Jasiewicz (employment) and Edyta Zalewska (corporate).

Legal counsels to Metro: Hengeler Mueller co-ordinated the matter with Christof Jaeckle (partner) and Bjoern Bork (associate) on the corporate aspects, and Christoph Stadler on the antitrust aspects. In Poland, Metro was advised by the law firm Studnicki, Pleszka, Ćwi±kalski, Górski.

Notes to Editors

Gide Loyrette Nouel is a premier international law firm and the first to have originated in France. Founded in Paris in 1920, the Firm now operates from 19 offices in 15 countries. It has over 600 lawyers drawn from 40 different nationalities. Gide Loyrette Nouel offers some of the most respected specialists in each of the various sectors of national and international finance and business law.

Gide Loyrette Nouel was one of the first international legal practices to open an office in Poland in 1990. Today, the Firm employs over 40 lawyers and tax advisors in Warsaw. GLN Warsaw's clients include financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, investors, real estate developers, public companies and government ministries.

For further information, please visit our website: www.gide.com.

For further information, please contact:

Gide Loyrette Nouel Poland
Magdalena Jakubaszek - Business Development, Marketing and PR Manager
Tel. +48 22 344 00 91, +48 510 070 292, e-mail: magdalena.jakubaszek@gide.com
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