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We advised AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer and owner of the Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona brands, on its £78.4bn acquisition of SABMiller, creating the world’s first truly global brewer, with operations in almost every major beer market. Read more about the deal in our case study.

We advised Barwa Bank in Qatar on its merger with International Bank of Qatar, a deal set to create a leading sharia-compliant financial institution with total assets of more than $22bn. This is the first bank merger to take place in Qatar since the introduction of the new Qatari commercial companies law in 2015.

The transaction involves the statutory merger of Barwa, a sharia-compliant financial institution, and IBQ, a financial institution that undertakes conventional banking activities.

As Barwa will be the surviving entity, both banks will consider the conversion of IBQ's conventional business book to become sharia compliant. The conversion will take place following the completion of the transaction with the guidance and involvement of Barwa's sharia board and the Qatar Central Bank.

This landmark transaction will set a unique precedent for sharia-compliant financial institutions in the region considering potential mergers as part of the recent move towards bank consolidation.