By Dan Primack
December 6, 2012

Cogeco Cables Inc. (TSX: CCA) has completed its previously-announced $1.36 billion acquisition of Atlantic Broadband, a Quincy, Mass.–based provider of TV, Internet and phone services, from ABRY Partners and Oak Hill Capital

Daimler AG has sold half its 15% stake in aerospace company European Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS) for €1.7 billion to a group of investors that includes German bank KfW.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) has agreed to acquire both Plains Exploration and Production (NYSE: PXP) and the McMoRan Exploration Co. (NYSE: MMR). The Plains deal would be for $6.9 billion in cash and stock, while McMoRan would be for approximately $3.4 billion (or $2.1b, net of FCX and PXP’s current stakes in MMR). Freeport shares fell more than 13% following the announcement.

Starz, a premium cable television network, will seek buyers once spun-off from Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LMCA) next month, according to the WSJ.

Charterhouse Capital Partners has hired Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs to manage a sale of German energy metering company Ista International, according to Bloomberg. The auction is expected to launch in early 2013, with an asking price in excess of €3 billion. Charterhouse paid €2.4 billion to buy Ista in 2007 from CVC Capital Partners, which reinvested to maintain a minority stake.

(Nasdaq: CTXS) has agreed to acquire Zenprise, a Fremont, Calif.–based provider of mobile device management solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Zenprise has raised over $64 million in VC funding, from firms like Greylock Partners, Rembrandt Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Bay Partners, Mayfield Fund and Shasta Ventures.

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