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Dealbook, The Abridged Version (07.06.06)

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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
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
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