Dealbook, The Abridged Version (07.11.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries:
Vonage to face patent infringement suit against Klausner Technologies in Texas courts [legal]
Deutsche Bank under investigation by french authorities for questionable tax shelters; one sold via Silicon Valley firm under close watch [legal]
Microsoft to face $3.8 million dollar fine per day if landmark antitrust decision continues to be defied [legal]
British banking trio wanted on Enron-related fraud charges to be extradited July 13th [fraud]
Congressional bill may force Wal-Mart to abandon its bid to operate bank [legal]
Is IBM hacking into corporate emails? YES, says law and lobbying boutique Butera & Andrews [investigations]
Venali files suit against J2 Global Communications and Catch Curve for antitrust, trademark competitiveness and patent laws violations [legal]
Despite $15.1 billion lawsuit, Linde ensures investors that merger with BOC will go smoothly [legal]
Rosneft's $11.6 billion IPO might run into trouble from U.S.-Spanish investigations into questionable sales [investigations]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
CA + XOsoft
Mittal Steel + Arcelor’s Brazilian subsidiaries
Smith & Nephew + OsteoBiologics
Phelps Dodge + Inco and Falconbridge?
Workers question possible General Motors Corporation + Nissan Motor Company and Renault
Generali + 51 per cent stake in Orel-G
DigiMedical Solutions + Harrington’s Pharmacies and Apothecary Pharmacies
Owens & Minor + certain assets of McKesson Medical-Surgical, McKesson Corp
Evergreen Pacific Partners + Gene Juarez Salons & Spas
Rexel Group + G.E's electric supply business
National City Corporation + Harbor Florida Bancshares
Warburg Pincus + Brandywine Senior Care

Money Raising:

Blackstone Group lines up $15.6 billion for "the world’s largest private equity fund" $$$$
GeoMet to raise $228 million in IPOs $$$
Craft College files registration statement with the SEC to raise between $250,000 and $750,000 by selling shares $
ConSentry raises $20 million in an oversubscribed round of funding $$
CacheLogic raises $20 million in third round funding $$
Protalex raises $15.2 million in private placement of common stock shares $$
For Sale:
Bouwfonds
Royal Dutch Shell's downstream sales and marketing operations
Falconbridge, Xstrata raises its bid

Money Making:

SecondSpace nabs $6.5 million from Ignition Partners and unnamed commercial partner in initial round of funding LINK
Osage Ventures to lead first-round $2.3 million private equity financing of Moda Technology Partners LINK
Personnel:
Maureen Cooney to join D.C. office of law firm Hunton & Williams
Spencer Lake appointed new global head of debt capital markets at HSBC
Miscellaneous:
Gay women in London's financial sector more likely to keep their sexuality secret than men LINK
Cascade Natural Gas to hire investment banking company to investigate “all available options to maximize shareholder value LINK
Hamleys to expand overseas LINK
Marathon Oil to enter into a joint venture to build and operate ethanol plants LINK
Citigroup to pull out of retail banking in France LINK
Indian government to stop all sales of stakes in state-owned companies LINK
Commerzbank appoints two companies, J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Goldman Sachs, to advise it on listing Jupiter LINK
The Carbon Trust to launch green V.C. fund LINK
Swiss Re takes over G.E. unit; now, will cut 2,000 jobs by 2007 LINK
Hedge fund manager Robert Chapman pushess for sale of Vitesse LINK
GTCR lowers stake in VeriFone Holdings LINK
Will there be a Buffet successor at Birkshire Hathaway? LINK
Backdating woes: CNET Networks and Take-Two Interactive Software to correct accounting errors LINK
The Man Group wins approval by investors for a 6-for-1 stock split LINK
An investor urges for rejection of Heinz's board candidates LINK
Saudi Arabia to block $3.5 billion pipline deal between Occidental Petroleum and partner LINK

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