Four firms advised on the acquisition by John Malone’s Liberty Global Inc. of U.K. cable-television provider Virgin Media Inc. for $16 billion in cash and stock to challenge Rupert Murdoch in Europe’s biggest pay-TV market.
On a good day, 27-year-old Bobby Timberlake at CME Group Inc. in Chicago rounds up $2.5 billion from the world’s biggest traders and banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. to cover their losses in the $639 trillion derivatives markets.
Ebix Inc., the insurance software company that said it was targeted by short sellers last year, is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for its accounting practices, four people with direct knowledge of the probe said.
Apple Inc., advised by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, agreed to buy AuthenTec Inc. for about $350 million, deploying some of its $117.2 billion cash hoard to gain fingerprint-authentication and encryption security technology for the iPad and iPhone. Alston & Bird LLP represented AuthenTec.