Dealbook, The Abridged Version (08.29.06)

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Crime/Fraud/Legal/Investigations/Inquiries:
Grasso’s lawsuit against H. Carl McCall dismissed [legal]
Echostar reaches $100M settlement with three networks, Fox still holding out [legal]
Suntrust says SEC has ended inquiry [legal]
Paypal founder accused of fraud in lawsuit [legal]
Canada issues antitrust order to Sotheby’s [legal]
London regulator widens scrutiny of hedge funds [legal]
Beatles reunion! For a lawsuit against record lables [legal]
Artists accused of fleecing gallery investors [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Fosters may be a takeover target
Commerzbank buys a piece of a Russian bank
Corel + has signed a definitive agreement to acquire InterVideo
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
A Jimi Hendrix song and other IP [Auction]
Seitel gets buyout offer [Buyout?]
R.R. Donnelley & Sons deal in trouble? [Going private]
QLT says no to buy-out offer [Buyout?]
Two buyout firms team up to take Cheddar’s [Sold]
Money Raising:
Playphone gets $9.1M$
Groxis takes $4M$
iTaggit tags $1.04M$
Tom Cruise gets first funding for film projects$$
Miscellaneous:
CBS’s Les Moonves and Viacom chief Tom Freston readying for fight [Private Equity]
Energy deals keep on keeping on despite lower oil prices [Energy]
Mergers still main exit strategy for Private Equity [Private Equity]
European buyouts surge while UK deals decline [Buy outs]

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