Shorter Dealbook

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.28.06)

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[Editors Note: There are problems this morning with loading the blogs at the New York Times this morning. We’ll have our down and dirty summary of what’s on their business blog later this morning. Watch this space. Still acting buggy, so we’re putting this feature aside for the day.]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.27.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Affiliated Computer Services’ chief executive and chief financial officer resign after options inquiry [Backdating]
SEC questions Ford in re: ties to Syria and Sudan [Legal]
Monster files general counsel for role in options timing [Backdating]
German authorities seek to questions Siemen’s chief executives [Fraud]
Google reaches settlement with Belgians [Settlement]
Microsoft submits requested documents in European antitrust investigators [Antitrust]
European Union panel says banks broke privacy laws by participating in the CIA’s SWIFT program [Privacy]
CFO of Quest Software resigns after refusing to answers questions about stock options timing [Backdating]
Judge urges Parmalat settlement [Settlement]
Enron, the musical [Musical]
Deutsche Bank chief settles Mannesmann fraud lawsuit [Fraud]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
US Airways+ Delta: Antitrust problems?
Scania + MAN: second bid rejected
Eni + Technip: ?
Origin Energy + Sun Retail
Swisscom in talks to buy back stake in mobile phone unit
People & Moves:
Musical chairs in digital media [Executives]
BJ’s Wholesale Club chief resigns [Resigning]
Miscellaneous:
Enron, the musical [Musical]
Restructuring Chunnel debt [Debt]
Traders seek shrinks [Traders]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.21.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Redstone versus Redstone [Legal]
Cyberonics CEO resigns amidst options timing inquiry [Legal]
Bank of America wins appeal, overturning $1.5 billion judgment in case claiming bank raided accounts of elderly customers [Legal]
Former Bank One chief settles insider trading case [Legal]
KB Homes chief has $175 million “golden parachute” despite resigning in scandal [Legal]
Alcatel sues Microsoft for patent infringement [Legal]
British media regulator eyes BSkyB’s purchase of ITV shares [Legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Suez + Gaz de France: Shareholder objections
Lagardere + Sportfive
Check Point Software Technologies + Protect Data
Royal Bank of Canada + Flag Financial
Chevron + USA Petroleum
NADAQ + London Stock Exchange: Next comes the shareholder vote
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Auction for Putnam Investment moving into final stage bidding [For sale]
BHP selling South African mine [For sale]
Miscellaneous:
Airlines prepare for more deals[Airlines]
Comcast close to deal with Disney [Entertainment]
The new shape of private banking [Private banking]
Swiss banking tax doesn’t seem to be scaring off clients [Private banking]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.20.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Former CFO of DVI charged with fraud [Legal]
Two former Enron executives who cooperated with prosecutors receive reduced sentences [Legal]
Wachovia chief executive G. Kennedy Thompson joins the Hewlett-Packard board of directors [Legal]
AIG subpoenaed in local government bid rigging investigation[Legal]
CA sues Kumar for legal fees [Legal]
Universal Music sues MySpace for copyright infringement [Legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Johnson & Johnson + Conor Medsystems
Esmark + Wheeling-Pittsburgh
Man’s + Scania: Deal gets tentative approval from Volkswagen
John Wiley & Sons + Blackwell Publishing
Chevron + USA Petroleum
NADAQ + London Stock Exchange: ?
People & Moves:
Langone stepping down from Home Depot board [Directors]
Miscellaneous:
Andrew Mellon biography [Reading]
JP Morgan’s REIT profits [Real Estate]
Red Hat wants off of Nasdaq, onto NYSE [Exchange]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.17.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Extradition hearing for Kobi Alexander set for April [Legal]
Frederick J. O’Meally wins a victory in market timing case [Legal]
German authorities raid Siemens Offices [Legal]
Cox hints at coming financial controls rules changes [Legal]
Even as scandal unfolded, board members resigned, profits at HP kept going [Legal]
Jeff Skilling drops objections to settlement of pension fraud claims [Legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Qualcomm + nPhase
Google + iRows
Yahoo + Bix.com
RTL + ITV: ?
Barrick Gold + European Goldfields
Motorola + Netopia
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
EADS says it is not selling stake in Airbus to Gulf investors [Not for sale]
NYMEX prices above range [Offering
People & Moves:
Milton Friedman dies [Obit]
Discovery Communications hires NBC’s David M. Zaslav [Executives]
Ross Levinsohn, the guy who lead News Corp’s acquisition of MySpace, leaves [Executives]
Miscellaneous:
Redhat rejects Microsoft come on [Tech]
Vodaphone sees more growth at Verizon Wireless [Wireless]
M&A hits $3 trillion mark [Deals]
The deal that helped prompt coup in Thailand now in doubt [Asia]
Ghosn now says he’s not looking for US car deal [Autos]
$130 million in investment banking fees from Clear Channel [Autos]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.15.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Judge delays KPMG trial over concerns that defendants will not be able to pay their lawyers [Legal]
Small Business Association announces new rules that should give the smalls more federal contracts [Legal]
San Diego settles pension fraud case with SEC [Settlement]
Another CA executive sentenced [Legal]
Russian regulator may sue Shell over environmental damage [Legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Banche Popolari Unite SCARL + Banca Lombarda e Piemontese
Derwent Valley Holdings + London Merchant Securities
Vodafone + rival 3: ?
US Airways + Delta
Barrick Gold + European Goldfields
Motorola + Netopia
People & Moves:
Randy Falco, the president of the NBC Universal Television Group, may be heading to AOL [Executives]
Miscellaneous:
Murdoch vs. Murdoch on broadband costs [Broadband]
Carl Icahn picks up Cyberonics stake [Icahn]
Mark Cuban still hating on YouTube [Video]
Berkshire Hathaway picks up some Nike and Lowe’s, drops some Anheuser=Busch and Target [Buffett]
Ghosn still looking for US car deal [Autos]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.14.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Grasso appeals ruling requiring he return $112.2M [Legal]
Lucent and Alcatel executives to testify before Congress [Congress]
Tech coalition asks SEC to review NYSE market information fees [SEC]
Washington Mutual settles suit with Commercial Capital Bancorp [Legal]
Nancy Pelosi may push Sarb-Ox reform [SOX]
SEC’s chief enforcer puts hedge funds on notice [SEC]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Google + YouTube
American Express + Harbor Payments
Nokia + Siemens
RTL + ITV
Cisco Systems + Greenfield Networks
Drinker Biddle & Reath + Gardner Carton & Douglas
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Anadarko Petroleum sells Gehngis Khan discovery in Gulf of Mexico to consortium of rivals [Sold]
Resolution [For sale?]
Big IPOs on the way: Hertz, Nymex & KBR [Offering]
Marshall Wace plans Biggest. Hedge Fund. IPO. Ever. [Offering]
Money Raising:
Mascona raises $30M [$$]
People & Moves:
Apple hires IBM’s top lawyer [General Counsel]
Raanan Agus, the man running Goldman’s proprietary trading unit [Profile]
Miscellaneous:
The dangerous lives of German CEOs [Executives]
Berkshire Hathaway cuts Ameriprise Financial stake [Berkshire]
Canadian venture capitalists avoid tech in Q3 [Venture capital]
The story of Clear Channel [Companies]
Wall Street gearing up for round of restructurings [Exchanges]

DealBook, The Abridged Version (11.13.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries/Regulation:
Kinder Morgan takeover faces backdating inquiry [Legal]
Backdating claims another executive: KB Home chief steps down [Backdating]
Chiefs who stay on the payroll after backdating ousters [Backdating]
Short sellers better on regulation of multi-level marketing [Backdating]
European banks may be hiding underfunded pension obligations [Pensions]
Swiss banks cut ties with Cuba [Cuba]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Tata Steal + Corus: ?
Dubai International Capital in talks to buy shares in EADS
Bank of America + KeyCorp: ?
CB Richard Ellis Group + Trammell Crow
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Scottish Re may not be able to arrange sale [For sale]
AMEC gets buyout offer from mystery bidder [For Sale]
Maurice R. Greenberg, former AIG chief, considers Tribune bid [For sale]
Taj Hotels buying Boston Ritz-Carlton [Sold]
Bids for Six Flags assets are low [For sale]
Sprint Nextel may be buyout target For sale?]
Eddie Bauer agrees to be sold to private equity firms Sun Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital [Sold]
Money Raising:
Mascona raises $30M [$$]
Valhalla partners closes $260M venture capital fund [Venture Capital]
People & Moves:
Deutsche Telecom chief steps down [CEO]
Miscellaneous:
The coming wave of corporate bankruptcy filings [Bankruptcy]
News Corp. looks for Chinese MySpace partner [China]
When activist funds become involved, companies see profits drop, debt increased, assets steady, while stock rises [Hedge Funds]
Children’s Investment Fund profiled [Hedge Funds]
London Stock Exchange outperforming NYSE on IPOs [Exchanges]
Merrill Lynch looking for new HQ [HQ]