Here's Thomson Financial's league table of the Top 20 firms for US high-yield debt underwriting in 2005. (2004 rank in brackets)
Goldman Sachs topped the US tech M&A league table in 2005, as the firm was involved in many of the largest deals in this sector during the year, including the $11bn sale of SunGuard Data Systems, Oracle's purchase of Siebel Systems and Adobe System's acquisition of Macromedia. Here's the Top 10:
Well, a second straight year of record earnings meant that Bear CEO James Cayne would be well rewarded in 2005, as his firm brought in $1.5bn in profits. Aside from a salary and bonus, the boss received stock units valued at some $10.3m. Cayne also received options on 56,573 firm shares.
The cheque's in the post - really. Around 20,000 cheques (or checks as they say in the US) will be despatched in the next few weeks to investors who were disadvantaged due to dodgy US investment banking stock research. Investors are eligible to receive $440m in compensation for the alleged activities of stock researchers, who were more interested in keeping their investment bankers happy than making the proper calls when rating stocks.
We told you that, according to research firm Dealogic, four firms generated $1bn or more in M&A revenues in 2005 (the first time that this has happened since 2001). We asked you to name the four firms.
In a report compiled by Dublin-based data provider BusinessPro for Ireland's Sunday Business Post newspaper a tiny Microsoft subsidiary came out on top in a league table of Ireland's biggest profit makers.
European Antitrust Regulators have seemingly lost patience with Microsoft and have formally moved to seek fines of up to €2m a day for Microsoft's continuing failure to comply with longstanding orders to open up their software to competition.
As people received their iPod Christmas presents it has been reported that visits to music downloading sites rose by up to 50%.
Microsoft has been hit hard by two viruses, one packaged in a Windows Metafile (.wmf) and the other posing as MSN Messenger Beta.
Well, it finally happened. Speculation had been mounting for some time that US prosecutors were close to negotiating a plea bargain with former Enron chief accounting officer Richard Causey. Causey, 45, was due in the dock in Houston on January 17th, when his trial was set to begin. There with him was to have been former Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. All three had been charged on a number of counts pertaining to the demise of the former energy giant.
Liverpool have replaced Southampton as early favourites to sign Manchester City's Gael Clichy.
Liverpool have been linked to Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool are expected to be highly active in the summer transfer window.
Newcastle United are among the favourites to sign the Watford man this summer.
The FC Twente midfielder is said to have caught the eye of Leeds United and could be on the move this summer.
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is said to desperately want the striker at Ibrox, and could have the upper hand over Derby County.
Could the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder be on his way this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are said to be lining up a £12 million bid for the Fulham defender.
The Slovakian is still out of contract this summer.
Sporting Lisbon were expecting to be rolling in it when selling Ruben Semedo - but Newcastle United, Everton and Southampton could get him on the cheap.