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South Africa approves SABMiller's merger with AB InBev

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Staff writer ▼ | June 30, 2016
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Drink   AB InBev has now obtained approval in 16 jurisdictions

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved with conditions Anheuser-Busch InBev's combination with SABMiller.

The $108bn merger, which was announced last year and will create the world's largest brewer, is now on track to close in the second half of 2016.

AB InBev has now obtained approval in 16 jurisdictions but still needs approval from US and Chinese regulators.

"In the remaining jurisdictions where regulatory clearance is still pending, AB InBev will continue to engage proactively with the relevant authorities to obtain the necessary clearances as quickly as possible."

Meanwhile, AB InBev is to be investigated by the European Commission over whether it abused its dominant position in the Belgian beer market by hindering imports of its beer from neighbouring countries, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

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