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.
Leif Davis has become Leeds United's latest injury victim.
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are reportedly eager to strengthen their defensive ranks this month.
Dani Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur ran out 2-1 victors over Norwich City last night, as Jose Mourinho's side ended their winless run.
Gareth Bale has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur but a deal won't be happening anytime soon it seems.
Championship promotion chasers Leeds United are reportedly battling Premier League duo West Ham and Norwich City for Rayo's Adri Embarba.
Tottenham Hotspur are known to be on the look out for a forward, as they look to find a replacement for the injured Harry Kane.
David Luiz moved to Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in the summer.
Premier League duo Aston Villa and Newcastle reportedly want to raid Brighton for Glenn Murray - Nottingham Forest need a new striker too.
Everton and West Ham are reportedly in talks to bring Roma flop Steven Nzonzi back to the Premier League but he is not heading to Bramall Lane.