Baker McKenzie has advised AmRest Holdings SE on the framework of the acquisition of 15 restaurants operated under the KFC brand from KFC France SAS. The acquisition was accompanied by the conclusion of a franchise agreement for each of the 15 restaurants. The transaction is valued at approximately 33.3 million euros.

This acquisition should allow AmRest to further strengthen its presence in the French market, after the initial acquisition of 40 KFC restaurants in 2017/2018 and the acquisition of the Pizza Hut delivery restaurants, which was finalised in May 2017, and will also enable KFC France to develop its franchise network. AmRest is effectively planning to open around 150 KFC restaurants on the French market by the end of 2023.

AmRest Holdings SE is the leading listed operator of restaurant chains in Central and Eastern Europe. It manages more than 2015 restaurants in 26 countries under various well-known brands such as Pizza Hut, Burger King, Sushi Shop, Starbucks, La Tagliatella, Blue Frog and, Kabb. AmRest is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

KFC France SAS is part of the American group YUM! Brands Inc. which owns 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries. The group owns restaurant chains including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, global leaders in their respective categories (chicken, pizza, Mexican food).

The Baker McKenzie team was led by Alyssa Auberger, Partner, with Guillaume Nataf, Partner, and Noémie Devico, Associate for contractual/corporate issues, as well as Hervé Jégou, Partner and Corentin Dolivet for real estate issues.

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