Drinks company InBev has restructured its legal team following the shock resignation of its high-profile European general counsel Deepak Malhotra.
InBev has now split Malhotra’s roles, creating the new post of general counsel for corporate in the process.
The company has hired Benoit Loore from the Belgian Banking Commission to fill the new corporate role and promoted former Central and Eastern Europe general counsel Oleg Moubarakshin to fill Malhotra’s shoes as European general counsel. Both jobs are based in Belgium.
It is understood that Malhotra left the company because of the strain of travelling from the UK to Belgium for work.
InBev chief legal counsel Sabine Chalmers said: “Unfortunately his role required relocation to Belgium and I think on a personal level it was getting too much.
“I know Deepak has a number of opportunities in the UK that he’s looking at, but I’m not sure which one he’ll go for.”
Malhotra chairs the Commerce and Industry Group and is a highly respected in-house lawyer.
He could not be contacted for comment before The Lawyer went to press.