After $16B Beam Buyout, Smaller Booze Deals On Horizon

Law360, New York (January 14, 2014, 5:00 PM EST) -- The $16 billion sale of whiskey giant Beam Inc. this week yanked the alcoholic beverage sector's best big-name target off the table, bringing smaller — but still lucrative — targets into view as industry players seek to cash in on a growing global appetite for boozy drinks.

Aside from the landmark Beam sale, beverage sector deal-making has proven fertile. Over the past two years, a combined 54 distillers have traded hands in deals with a total disclosed value of more than $22.8 billion, not counting the...
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