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January 26, 1988

N.V. Gevaert said will lead a group of investors aiming to buy most of the new shares issued by Societe Generale de Belgique S.A. last week. Societe Generale, Belgium's largest and oldest holding company, issued 12 million new shares in an effort to fend off a takeover bid from Italian financier Carlo de Benedetti. The new shares increased Societe Generale's capital by 60% and diluted de Benedetti's holdings.

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