2004-2009 IN ADDITION TO THE ACQUISITION of Market Place, a specialised event communications agency and Temp- A-Store in the United Kingdom (temporary structures), Promotor International and AGOR (organisation specialist), GL events registers very strong growth in the B2B segment with the acquisition of six new industry trade fairs.

THE GROUP DEVELOPS ITS INTERNATIONAL NET- WORK of venues, acquiring Hungexpo, the operating company of the Budapest Exhibition Centre and wins management concessions for the Riocentro Conven- tion Centre of Rio de Janeiro, Pudong Expo for the city of Shanghai, the Brussels Square meeting centre, the Turin Lingotto Fiere exhibition centre, Curitiba Estaçao Embratel convention centre and the Rio de Janeiro Arena in Brazil and the World Forum Congress Centre of The Hague. GL events acquires Traiteur Loriers to accelerate the development of its Food & Beverage strategy.

IN 2005 AND 2007, the Group launches two rights issues that raised 35.7 million and 77.6 million.

IN FRANCE, GL events wins concessions for the Metz Exhibition Centre, Exhibition and Convention Centres (Nice, Amiens), the Roanne Scarabée multifunctional hall, the Troyes Convention Centre and the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. GL EVENTS acquires Traiteur Loriers to accelerate the development of its Food & Beverage strategy.

2010 THE CREATION of GL events Exhibitions on 1 January 2010 enables the Group to strengthen the level of service provided to exhibitors and visitors alike, in coordination with the different event industry players and profession- als.

IN FRANCE, GL events was selected to manage the Palais Brongniart.

GL EVENTS wins a historic contract for the FIFA World Cup 2010™ in South Africa. The Group also strengthens its position by contributing to a number of international events such as the Shanghai World Expo.

2011-2012 GL EVENTS CONFIRMS ITS LEADERSHIP for a number of international events: the Africa Cup of Nations in Qatar, the RBS 6 Nations rugby championship and summit meetings for the French presidency of the G8 and G20, the London Olympic Games, the Rio+20 Summit, etc.

ACQUISITIONS OF BRELET, a French provider of temporary installations for trade fairs and events, Slick Seating Systems Ltd, a UK-based specialist in the design and manufacture of grandstands and seating solutions in the UK and Commonwealth countries, and Serenas, Turkey s leading PCO.

WITH THE RENEWAL OF THE MANAGEMENT CONCESSION FOR TOULOUSE EXPO EXHIBITION CENTRE, the management concession for the new Ankara Convention and Exhibition Centre in Turkey and La Sucrière in Lyon, GL events continues to build its inter- national network of premium venues.

GL EVENTS CARRIES OUT A CAPITAL INCREASE to accelerate its development in emerging markets and, in particular, Brazil with a very promising line-up of major events in 2016. Sofina becomes a Group shareholder.

DEVELOPMENT OF FOOD & BEVERAGE.

EXPORTING PROPRIETARY EVENTS to different geographical regions confirms its potential for generating high added value for the Group (Première Vision in New York, São Paulo and Moscow, the Bocuse d Or in New York, Sirha in Shanghai and Geneva, etc.).

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