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A full law department after pouring together InBev and Anheuser-Busch

What has happened since InBev mixed its law department with Anheuser-Busch’s? We know from Corp. Counsel, Vol. 16, March 2009 at 61, that a few months after the November 2008 merger the legal team had stirred together 250 lawyers. The acquiring company’s general counsel, Sabine Chalmers, was named for the new role (plus complilance), although the ci-devant general counsel of the American company leads the North American arm of the department.

The article mentions that since the merger, ten Anheuser-Busch lawyers have left the company. Based on departures from other merged law departments, it is likely there will be more (See my post of Jan. 16, 2009: layoffs after mergers with 9 references.). “The legal team is now dominated by InBev lawyers, who outnumber those from Anheuser-Busch 4:1.” But that may have been the ratio before the merger, if you get my pint.

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