Magic circle trio in on £26bn drinks deal

Three magic circle firms have scored plum roles on the financing of InBev’s $52bn (£26.12bn) acquisition of US drinks company Anheuser-Busch, the makers of ­Budweiser beer. Allen & Overy (A&O) secured bank mandates advising BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan on Anheuser-Busch’s financing.

London partner Melissa Samuel led the firm’s team. Clifford Chance London partner Rod McGillivray led the firm ­advising InBev on the debt side of the deal, while Linklaters Belgium partner Francois De Bauw, with counsel Gilles ­Nejman, advised the drinks company on equity financing and local securities issues.