HSF confirmed alongside Freshfields, Linklaters as advisers as AB InBev eyes $275bn SABMiller mega-merger

Magic circle firms win lead roles as world's largest brewer seeks to tie up with rival SABMiller

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills have picked up key roles as Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev, the world’s largest brewer, are confirmed to have proposed a merger with rival SABMiller that would create a $275bn (£177bn) company.

SABMiller issued a statement last month saying it had been informed that AB InBev intended to make a bid proposal for the company.

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