BRUSSELS, April 7 European Union competition
regulators are expected to unconditionally approve a $13.6
billion bid by Japanese spirits producer Suntory Holdings Ltd
for U.S. peer Beam Inc, a source with
knowledge of the case said on Monday.
The deal brings together Beam's Jim Beam and Maker's Mark
bourbons, Courvoisier cognac and Sauza tequila with Suntory's
Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Kakubin Japanese whiskies, Bowmore
Scotch whisky and Midori liqueur, which will make Suntory the
world's third-largest spirits maker.
The European Commission has set an April 24 deadline for its
"It's expected to be unconditional clearance," the source
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)