An advertisement for Suntory Holding's Kakubin whisky is displayed at a station in Tokyo January 14, 2014. Suntory Holdings Ltd on Monday said it would buy U.S. spirits company Beam Inc for $13.6 ... more 
An advertisement for Suntory Holding's Kakubin whisky is displayed at a station in Tokyo January 14, 2014. Suntory Holdings Ltd on Monday said it would buy U.S. spirits company Beam Inc for $13.6 billion cash in a deal that would make the Japanese company the world's third-largest spirits maker. Including the assumption of Beam's net debt, the deal is valued at $16 billion. It brings together Beam's Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbons, Courvoisier cognac and Sauza tequila with Suntory's Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Kakubin Japanese whiskies, Bowmore Scotch whisky and Midori liqueur. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS) less 
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Tue, Jan 14, 2014 3:20 AM EST