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Dealbook, The Abridged Version (08.31.06)

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Greg Reyes pleads not guilty [backdating]
As it turns out, lawyers are never guilty of anything [legal]
NASD Hits American Funds With $5 Million Fine [legal]
YouTube gives whistleblower a forum [legal]
Novell begins internal options grant investigation [backdating]
Feds investigating trading in oil and gasoline markets [investigation]
Johnson & Johnson wins antitrust suit [legal]
Progress Software restating previous financial results because of errors in stock-based compensation [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Sears + Sears
Wilbur Ross’ International Textile Group + Wilbur Ross’ Safety Components International
Russian state bank picks up stake in Airbus parent
Glencore, the Swiss commodities trading group getting in on the Rusal-Sual aluminum merger
Viacom buying remaining shares of MTV Japan
Wal-Mart Japan’s Aeon make eyes at Daiei from Marubeni
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Metropolitan Life puts Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village on the auction block [Auction]AOL’s German unit [For sale]
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$$
Warren Buffett gets married [CEO]
SEC: No action against former Shell boss [Energy]
IPO market sucks so VCs rely on M&A [Venture capital]
Hedge fund gets porny [Hedge fund]
Private Equity in the valley [Private equity]
Private Equity investors acquire stake in Germany’s Nordbank [Hedge fund]
The Children’s Investment Fund demands a vote on Euronext merger [Hedge fund]