Carlsberg has said that it will be waiting until around the end of next month until it finds out if its proposed acquisition, made with Heineken, for Scottish and Newcastle can move forward.

Speaking to just-drinks today (6 February) Carlsberg said that it must wait for the bankers of all parties concerned to submit a document called 'The Scheme of Arrangement' at a shareholder's meeting.

A spokesperson from Carlsberg said: "The deal is now up to Scottish & Newcastle to arrange a general assembly. It will be before or around 25 March and after that a court has to confirm the conclusion from the meeting."

Carlsberg must also wait for The European Commission to "investigate if there are any anti-trust problems" with the deal. The spokesperson added: "The deal is structured in a way so that there should be none, but, of course, we have to file the case."