Bud Light maker Anheuser-Busch InBev announced Wednesday that it wants to buy SABMiller.
The deal could be valued at as much as $US100 billion, and if successful would be the biggest takeover this year.
Combined, the companies would be worth an estimated $US275 billion.
That is great news for Wall Street.
Both Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller have reached out to a handful of advisers at investments banks large and small, and the fees are likely to be hefty if the deal goes ahead.
Consultant Freeman & Co. estimates that if a formal bid of around $US100 billion materialises, advisory fees for those working with the bidder — AB InBev — would be between $US95 million and $US115 million.
Advisers to SABMiller would be in line for between $US100 million and $US120 million.
So who’s getting all the work?
Lazard is the lead advisor to Anheuser-Busch InBev. Three banks are advising SABMiller: JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and, notably, Robey Warshaw, a 3-year-old, 9-person advisory boutique.
Here’s what we know so far about which bankers are on the deal:
Hecker is co-head of consumer and retail investment banking at independent investment bank Lazard.
He worked on the InBev — Anheuser Busch deal in 2008 in addition to the more recent Warren Buffett/3G Capital acquisition of Heinz. He has also previously worked on AB InBev’s acquisition of Grupo Modelo, and AmBev’s acquisition of Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana.
Hecker has a history of working with 3G Capital, the Brazilian private equity giant behind AB InBev. He also worked with the firm to take Burger King and Playboy Industries private.
Robey co-heads the London-based boutique with Simon Warshaw. Before founding his boutique advisory firm three years ago, he was head of UK investment banking and co-head of global mergers and acquisitions at Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley.
Warshaw was the head of investment banking at UBS before joining Robey to form their boutique advisory firm.
He also worked on another giant transaction involving a US company and a UK-listed firm, working with Vodafone on the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon. That deal was valued at $US130 billion.
Muncey is head of JPMorgan’s corporate finance team in the UK. He joined the bank from UBS. He was a managing director in the European consumer team at that bank.
Muncey has a history of expertise in the liquor and beverage industry: according to the FT, his clients include liquor giant Diageo and UK brewer Scottish & Newcastle, in addition to Cadbury Schweppes, Kraft, and Germany’s Tchibo.
Lysaght is JPMorgan’s head of UK mergers and acquisition.
He has worked on a number of deals involving North American buyers and UK targets. He advised UK insurer Brit on its sale to Canadian peer Fairfax earlier this year, and previously worked with AbbVie on its aborted deal with UK pharmaceutical company Shire.
Stewart runs UK and Irish investment banking for Morgan Stanley. He is a specialist in the consumer sector, and is a long time adviser to SABMiller.
Baker is an old school British banker who heads corporate broking for Morgan Stanley. He assumed that role in 2004. Corporate broking is a practice unique to the UK, where public companies name one or more companies as retained advisers.
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