With the U.S. government standing in its way, can the King of Beers rescue its $20 billion deal to buy Mexico’s largest brewer?
The Justice Department sued Thursday to block Anheuser-Busch InBev’s plan to buy full control of Grupo Modelo, maker of Corona beer. The government claims that the deal would drive up beer prices and stifle innovation.
A-B InBev’s options now include fighting it out in court, negotiating a settlement or walking away from the deal. Analysts and legal experts say all three options are on the table. Some believe that the government’s case may be tough to prove and that A-B InBev could win in court.