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Publicis Groupe: Joint press release from Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group



Paris and New York
, May 9, 2014 - Publicis Groupe S.A. (Euronext Paris: PUB) and Omnicom Group
Inc. (NYSE: OMC) today jointly announced that they have terminated their
proposed merger of equals by mutual agreement, in view of difficulties in
completing the transaction within a reasonable timeframe. The parties have
released each other from all obligations with respect to the proposed
transaction, and no termination fees will be payable by either party.

This decision was unanimously approved by the Management Board and the
Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe and the Board of Directors of Omnicom

In a joint statement, Maurice Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Publicis Groupe, and John Wren, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Omnicom Group, stated: "The challenges that still remained to be overcome, in
addition to the slow
pace of progress, created a level of uncertainty detrimental to the interests
of both groups and their employees, clients and shareholders. We have thus
jointly decided to proceed along our independent paths. We, of course, remain
competitors, but maintain a great respect for one another

About Publicis Groupe

Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world's
leading communications groups. The Groupe offers a full range of services and
skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), advertising (BBH,
Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi&Saatchi), public affairs, corporate
communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying
(Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia), healthcare communications,
with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), and finally, brand
asset production with Prodigious. Present in 108 countries, the Groupe
employs more than 62,000 professionals. | Twitter: @PublicisGroupe || LinkedIn: Publicis Groupe | |Viva la Difference !

About Omnicom Group

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate
communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty
firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and
interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and
other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than
100 countries.| Twitter: @Omnicom

|Contact |
|Publicis Groupe |
|Peggy Nahmany Corporate Communications + 33 (0)1 44 43 72 83 |
|Martine Hue Investors Relations + 33 (0)1 44 43 65 00 |
|Stéphanie Constand Investors Relations + 33 (0)1 44 43 74 44 |
| |
|Omnicom Group |
|Joanne Trout Corporate Communications + (1) 212-415-3669 |
|Shub Mukherjee Investor Relations + (1) 212-415-3011 |


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Publicis Groupe via Globenewswire


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