The EU Commission clears acquisition between two largest global brewers, respectively third and fourth in Europe, subject to conditions (AB InBev / SABMiller)

ABI/SAB: The emergence of a global beer giant and its challenges for merger review* In a nutshell In May this year, the European Commission approved the acquisition of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev subject to conditions. The Commission found in its phase I investigation that the transaction would have likely led to non-coordinated effects in many countries where both parties are present. Further the Commission concluded that the merger as originally designed would increase the risk of price coordination among brewers in Europe. In response to these concerns, the Parties committed to divest the entire SABMiller European business. 1. Introduction On 24 May 2016, the Commission cleared the acquisition of SABMiller plc (SAB, United Kingdom) by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (ABI,

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Jean-Christophe Mauger, Julia Fischer, The EU Commission clears acquisition between two largest global brewers, respectively third and fourth in Europe, subject to conditions (AB InBev / SABMiller), 24 May 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2016, Art. N° 86467

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