DWF, KWM and Osborne Clarke aid M&S's Anglo-French expansion
DWF and French outfit Gide Loyrette Nouel are among a number of firms to land roles as Marks & Spencer (M&S) looks to expand its food business in the UK and France. The retailer plans to open 150 Simply Food stores across the UK over the next three years, to add to the 427 outlets currently in operation. It said the expansion will create more than 5,000 retail jobs. About half of the new stores will be owned by M&S and located on high streets and at retail parks. The remainder will be opened by existing franchise partners, which include BP, travel retail company SSP and service station operator Moto. The M&S-owned Simply Food store acquisitions will be led by M&S's in-house property legal team, supported by law firm trio King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWM), DWF Biggart Baillie and Osborne Clarke (OC).
DWF and French outfit Gide Loyrette Nouel are among a number of firms to land roles as Marks & Spencer (M&S) looks to expand its food business in the UK and France.
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