April 12, 2011
Key events in the history of Global Crossing Ltd. 1997: Founded by Los Angeles financier Gary Winnick 1998: Raises $400 million in an initial public stock offering 1999: Buys long-distance company Frontier Communications, British network operator Racal Telecom, and Cable & Wireless Global Marine, an underwater cable construction and maintenance firm 2000: Affiliate Asia Global Crossing raises $455 million in initial public stock...
April 12, 2011 |
The tortured saga of Global Crossing Ltd., which went from vast riches to disdain with the bursting of the tech bubble, is coming to an end. The telecommunications network provider has agreed to be purchased by rival Level 3 Communications Inc. for $1.9 billion. Global Crossing, which made its founder, Gary Winnick, one of the richest men in Los Angeles before turning him into a symbol of corporate greed, will be acquired for $23.04 a share, a 56% premium on its Friday closing price, pending approval by shareholders and regulators.
October 28, 2005 |
Gary Winnick narrowly avoided paying a $1-million settlement last year when the Securities and Exchange Commission overruled its staff and decided not to fine the Global Crossing founder for allegedly failing to fully disclose financial transactions involving his telecom firm. Two years earlier, the Justice Department quietly opted not to file criminal charges against Winnick after Global Crossing's spectacular collapse into bankruptcy, which caused $54 billion in shareholder losses.
December 7, 2004 |
Global Crossing Ltd. founder Gary Winnick and at least two other executives are likely to be fined under an agreement that will end a federal probe into the company's accounting, people familiar with the matter said Monday. The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to vote Thursday on the proposed settlement, which would allow the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company to avoid a penalty, said the people, who asked not to be named. They declined to say how much the executives would pay.
July 21, 2004 |
The U.S. Labor Department approved a $79-million settlement of a lawsuit brought by employees of Global Crossing Ltd. against former company executives including ex-Chairman Gary Winnick over management of its retirement plan. The proposed class-action settlement needs court approval, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
July 9, 2004 |
Global Crossing Ltd. founder Gary Winnick averted a $116-million verdict by settling a breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by a former business partner moments before that decision would have become official, according to jurors in the four-week civil trial held in Los Angeles County Superior Court.