Dealbook, The Abridged Version (07.06.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries:
Former Royal Bank o' Scotland Group's David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby (NatWest unit) wanted in TX for allegedly pocketing millions from the sale of an Enron off-the-books partnership [legal]
Ken Lay's death halts fed. government's endeavor to seize remaining real estate and financial assets [legal]
Wachovia pays $25 mm fine to settle accusations per failing to prevent conflicts of interest between its research and i-banking business [legal]
Gazprom wins exclusive rights for exporting nat'l gas, per Russian Parliment's passing of law on Wed. [legal]
3 Coca-Cola employees arrested for stealing trade secrets/wire fraud, and trying to sell "highly classified information" to PepsiCo for $1.5 million [legal]
Microsoft most likely to be fined for breaching EU's antitrust rules [legal]
Apple shareholders sue per stock options [legal]
Airbus to be audited by order of BAE Systems [inquiries]
SEC considers charges against former finance chief and three directors of Mercury Interactive [legal]
M. Lynch to settle Enron case for $29.5 mm [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Gibson Guitar + Deutsche Wurlitzer
Nokia + Henan Mobile Communication
MeadWestvaco + Compagnie de Saint-Gobain (NA packaging systems division)
Tesoro + Lyondell-Citgo Refining ?
Li Ka-shing + PCCW (core media & telecom assets) ?
Peabody Energy + Excel Coal
Freeman Spogli + Savers
Australian Stock Exchange + SFE
Ares Management and Columbus Nova + White Energy
Money Raising:
Kontera raises $7 mm LINK
Ivrea Pharmaceuticals raises $11 mm of venture funding LINK
Clearwire cancels I.P.O (w/ $900 mm from Intel and Motorola) LINK
$2.5 B in I.P.O for Bank o' China LINK
$15.1 mm for Citel Technologies from sale of shares to institutional investors LINK
For Sale:
34 mm new shares of Bayer LINK
Vivendi's $1.1 B stake in Veolia Environment LINK
Personnel:
Nelson Lo is new exec director of G. Sachs Asian financing group and head of loan syndication LINK
Kevin Bousquette named managing director at Greenhill Capital Partners LINK
Miscellaneous:
MetaCafe receives $15mm in funding from Accel Partners LINK
Global M&As rise to $1.95 trillion from 2000's record of $1.89 trillion in first 1/2 of yr LINK
European firms subject to E.U. regulations (in event of trans-Atlantic stock exchange merger) LINK
13 companies vie for stake in Gujarat State Petroleum, incl. ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, BG Group and Total LINK
Chicago Mercantile Exchange stock @ $507.47/share LINK
General Motors board meeting per 3-way with General Motors’s management plans to air arguments against a proposed three-way alliance with Nissan Motor and Renault this Friday LINK
Wine Asset Managers create the Fine Wine Fund LINK

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