Blog: Chris Brook-CarterFat Lady Clears Throat Exclusive!

Chris Brook-Carter | 17 June 2005

So, that’s that then, isn’t it? The announcement early this morning that Constellation and Brown-Forman’s consortium are not going to make a bid for Allied Domecq means the adventure’s over. Right?

Many observers felt that the fatal blow came early last week, when Diageo hopped off the fence and fell into Pernod Ricard’s embrace. The two companies, along with Fortune, can now start the Allied carve-up whenever they want. Right?

The fat lady might be stepping up to the mark, certainly, but it ain’t over yet. The UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers had ruled last month that the consortium had until 29 June to announce its intentions.

As one Diageo source told just-drinks today: “There’s still time.”

Squeaky bum time, as one football manager called it, perhaps?


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