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SABMiller case study


SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents.

Its wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.

Having advised SABMiller since before its listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1999, we work closely with the highly acquisitive brewer’s in-house legal, corporate finance and treasury teams on a wide array of corporate, M&A, finance, IP, tax and litigation matters throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising on a broad based black economic empowerment deal in its South African business, The South African Breweries Limited (SAB).
  • Advising on the joint venture between Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company to form MillerCoors.
  • Advising on the US$1.2bn acquisition of the outstanding interest in Kompania Piwowarska.
  • Advising on a dispute over the production and distribution of certain beer brands in Tanzania.
  • Advising on a Euro 1 billion Eurobond issue.

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