Rexel in €1.7 Billion On-Sale of Hagemeyer Businesses Post-Acquisition

July 1, 2008

Cleary Gottlieb represented Rexel S.A. in its sale to Sonepar S.A. of assets, entities and operations of Hagemeyer N.V. The sale followed Rexel's successful €3.1 billion tender offer for Hagemeyer. Cleary Gottlieb also represented Rexel in the concurrent sale of Rexel Germany to Sonepar and (along with local counsel) acquisition of Sonepar Sweden from Sonepar. Rexel received aggregate proceeds (including debt transferred) of approximately €1.7 billion from the deals.

Rexel and Sonepar had agreed in October 2007 to enter into the deals, subject to the launch and successful completion by Rexel of a tender offer for Hagemeyer. The tender offer, in which Cleary Gottlieb represented Rexel, successfully closed on March 14.

The transferred Hagemeyer entities are located in the United States, Australia, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland and Northern Germany (consisting of six branches). The divestitures were preceded by several reorganizations. The final deal closed on June 30.

Rexel is based in France. It is the leading worldwide distributor of low and ultra-low voltage electrical products. Rexel has a presence in 34 countries, over 34,800 employees and 2007 pro forma sales of €14.3 billion. Cleary Gottlieb represented the underwriters in Rexel’s IPO in 2007.