The Wall Street bankers behind Comcast Corp.’s $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., a surprise end-run around veteran media dealmaker John Malone, drew from experience on some of the past decades’ biggest deals, including the RJR-Nabisco buyout made famous in “Barbarians at the Gate.”
For much of 2006 and into 2007, Environmental Defense Fund had been battling to stop TXU Corp., Texas’s largest power producer, from building 11 coal-fired plants. The barrage of lawsuits, town-hall meetings and online community groups was also becoming a major headache for KKR & Co. , TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s private-equity arm, which were planning the world’s biggest leveraged buyout of the utility company.
Robert Schaeberle, who led Nabisco Inc., one of America’s leading snack makers, into the 1981 merger with Standard Brands Inc. that set the stage for the defining battle of the leveraged-buyout era, has died. He was 88.