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Interbrew/Bass

Premium 01 September 2000

Belgium's Interbrew is set to purchase the brewing operations of the UK's Bass. The deal would make Interbrew the largest brewer in Britain, with an estimated 32 per cent of the national beer market, according to news reports.

Vivendi, Canal Plus/Seagram

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Vivendi, the French media, utilities and telecom group and its pay-TV unit Canal Plus have secured a C$33.7 billion takeover of Seagram, the Canadian drinks and entertainment company.

Unilever/Bestfoods

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Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products group, is set to acquire the US food group Bestfoods in a US$20.3 billion deal.

United Airlines/US Airways

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United Airlines' parent company UAL is pursuing its US$11.6 billion merger with US Airways in the face of industry-wide antitrust concerns.

Sun Chemical/Coates Brothers

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The EC has cleared Sun Chemical Group's acquisition of Coates Brothers inks business from Total Fina.

France Télécom/Orange

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France Télécom is set to acquire Orange from Vodafone AirTouch. Orange is being sold to satisfy undertakings given to the European Commission earlier this year relating to Vodafone's acquisition of Mannesman.

Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds/Nabisco

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Philip Morris is set to buy Nabisco Holdings, and RJ Reynolds Tobacco is to buy Nabisco Group Holdings.

New head, office for Brazilian authority

Premium 01 August 2000

Brazil's antitrust authority, the Council for the Administration of Economic Defence (CADE), reconvened on July 5 with a new president, three new counsellors and a new address. The new president is João Grandino Rodas, 54, a professor of international law at São Paulo University.

Competition partners' talks sparked Freshfields merger with Bruckhaus

Premium 01 August 2000

Talks leading to the merger between Freshfields Deringer and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber on August 1 began with meetings between top competition partners from the two firms, according to Frank Montag of Freshfields. The merger creates the world's third largest global competition practice after Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells and Howrey & Simon measured by the number of fully competition-qualified lawyers.

Austria's Hügel joins Haarmann Hemmelrath

Premium 01 August 2000

Austria's Hügel & Partners, with its 25 lawyers, has made a leap to pan-European status by joining with one of Germany's leading firms, Haarmann Hemmelrath. The merger, formalised on July 1 2000, creates a firm with 220 lawyers in 14 jurisdictions.