Freshfields, CC lead on CVC's $2bn buyout of AB InBev CEE breweries

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has advised key private equity client CVC Capital Partners on the biggest buyout of the year so far. CVC has agreed a deal worth $2.23bn (£1.36bn) to purchase the Central and Eastern European operations of Anheuser-Busch InBev across nine countries, in one of the largest private equity deals ever carried out in the region. The acquisition will give CVC control of the Staropramen beer brand. The team at Freshfields was headed up by corporate partner Chris Bown alongside corporate partner Sebastian Lawson. Partners David Winfield and Martin Hutchings advised on finance aspects, while Cologne-based partner Matthias Koch handled intellectual property and David Aitman worked on competition. AB InBev turned to panel firm Clifford Chance for advice with corporate partners Rob Crothers and Amy Mahon leading the magic circle firm's team.

legalweek.com Freshfields, CC lead on CVC's $2bn buyout of AB InBev CEE breweries
Sat, Oct 17, 2009 legalweek.com