InBev ruling triggers M&A fears in China

December 1, 2008 In November China’s Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) waved through InBev’s $52bn acquisition of Anheuser-Busch. However, in a single-page ruling, Mofcom also imposed a number of unanticipated restrictions that will prevent InBev acquiring further interests in four key companies in the Chinese beer market, sparking fears that Chinese authorities could use the laws to shield domestic industry from foreign competition.

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