Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may be tried for tax fraud, false accounting and embezzlement pertaining to Mediaset [legal]
Judge may modify terms of SBC Communication’s acquisition of AT&T and Verizon’s purchase of MCI [legal]
H.J. Heinz will probably win proxy battle, may not matter [legal]
EADS's shareholders file suit [legal]
Security measures may increase, following Coca-Cola/Pepsi-Co scandal [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Cash America International + CashNetUSA
CB Richard Ellis Group + Holley Blake
US Venture Energy + Anadarko Petroleum
Kimco Realty + Pan Pacific Retail Properties
Vornado Realty Trust + Boston Filene's
WPS Resources + Peoples Energy
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts + Foot Locker ?
Centro Properties Group + Heritage Property Investment Trust
Universal Music Group + Bertelsmann
Tesco + Casino ?
Virgin Active + Holmes Place ?
Centrue Financial + UnionBancorp
Microsoft or Oracle + Business Objects
Apax Partners, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners or Permira + All3Media ?
FTD Group + Interflora Holdings
Primedex Health Systems + Radiologix
Syngenta + Conrad Fafard
BG Group + Calpine
M. Stanley and Terra Firma + Thames Water ?
Kraft Foods + United Buscuits (25%)
Texas Pacific Group + Field Container ?
Possible $11.1 B IPO for Dubai Ports World LINK
Standard Life shares rise 5.1% on first day of trading post $3.9 B IPO LINK
Rosneft to raise $11 B in IPO LINK
Arsenal Holdings to raise $478 mm in IPO LINK
Greentown China Holdings raises $344 mm in IPO LINK
Cowen to raise $224 mm in IPO LINK
AMC Entertainment, Cinemark USA and Regal Entertainment Group look to raise $1 B to move from film to electronic projection LINK
Growth Capital Partners raises $65 mm LINK
CoreOptics nabs $28 mm in Series D financing LINK
BioPharmaceuticals raises $16 mm in round 2 of venture financing LINK
Permira raises $14 B (over-inflated private equity bubble?) LINK
RadioShack stock price rises 23% LINK
G. Sachs's head of European principal investment division, Richard Sharp, to resign at end of year (could mean new private equity fund) LINK
Dick Grasso attempts to clear name via New York Magazine LINK
Lehman Brothers Holdings and J.P. Morgan Chase do most M&As, in energy industry LINK
HSBC looks to raise profitability in investment banking arm, taking more risks to do so LINK
Shares of PCCW suspended from trading, following offer from Fracis Leung Pak to buy chair Richard Li’s stake in company LINK
Ethanol is hot LINK
Tony Blair to fight for William Browder (Hermitage Capital Mgmt), whose visa was revoked by president Vladimir Putin in Nov. LINK
Dr. Erik Lie, finance-lecturer of backdating LINK
UBS is #1 in first half of '06 in advising M&As < $500 mm LINK