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DealBook, The Abridged Version (9.29.06)

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French national assembly approves cut in the state’s stake in Gaz de France, clearing the way for a planned merger with Suez [legal]
Hardball: GM wants billions from Renault-Nissan? Well, maybe they’ll just go to Ford instead [legal]
Sears extends bid for Sears Canada [legal]
Bank of America admits Manhattan branch allwed money laundering [legal]
Bernie Ebbers wants to take his appeal to the Supreme Court [legal]
SEC accuses three former executives of RenaissanceRe Holdings, a reinsurance company based in Bermuda, of accounting fraud [legal]
August A. Busch IV president and chief executive of Anheuser-Busch [legal]
H-P general counsel resigns [legal]
M&A: [? = not yet closed, problems with the deal, lingering questions, etc.]
Microsoft + eBay:?
Martinsa + Fadesa Inmobiliaria: ?
News Corp + two weekly paper groups
For Sale/ LBOs/ Going Private/ Auctions/ Offerings:
Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, bowing to pressure from Daniel Loeb’s Third Point hedge fund, is putting itself on the block [For sale]
Shareholders okay Univision deal [Sold]
What’s Icahn got planned for Federated? [Buying?]
William Ackman buying shares of McDonalds [Proxy fight?]
Vince Sportswear sold [Sold]
STMicroelectronics may be takeover target [LBO]
Royal & Sun Alliance sells US biz to Arrowpoint Capital [Sold]
People & Moves:
Amaranth lets energy trader Mark Hunter go [Fired]
H-P hearing preview [Private equity]
Pension fund says private equity fees are too high [League tables]
Apollo plans European Mez fund [Private JH?equity]