Dec 19 2012, 1:04am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
Barcelona, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The Spanish unit of real estate group Carso, which is owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, purchased 439 properties for $563.7 million from Spain's CaixaBank, the Spanish financial institution said in a filing with stock market regulator CNMV Tuesday.
CaixaBank signed long-term leases, with purchase options, with the buyer for the buildings, which house bank branches.
The financial institution expects to book a gain on the deal.
Grupo Carso is owned by Slim, who is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's richest person.
Slim, a shareholder in CaixaBank, controls, among other companies, telecom giant Telmex.
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