China Shuts Down Coke Purchase Of Juice Giant

Law360, New York (March 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Chinese antitrust regulators have blocked the Coca-Cola Co.'s $2.5 billion acquisition of Chinese juice giant China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd., a proposed deal viewed as the first major tryout of China's new anti-monopoly law.

The deal was rejected Wednesday, with Chinese authorities saying Coca-Cola's purchase of the Chinese juice company would have had a negative impact on competition. Since Coca-Cola first announced plans to purchase Huiyuan in September, the proposed acquisition has been closely monitored by those looking for signs of how the China's new antitrust...
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