A law firm mistakenly released a list of about 50 potential bidders for
via an errant email to the suitors, reportedly revealing a cross-section of major media, financial and telecommunications companies that are interested in acquiring the firm out of bankruptcy.
The email sent March 28 by the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal was supposed to delineate bidding procedures for the Global Crossing auction but inadvertently also contained a list of the suitors,
The New York Times
The bidders included
among telecommunications firms;
Credit Suisse First Boston
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
among financial companies; the private equity firm
; media companies including
, a British utility.
The companies in the email signed confidentiality agreements in the last two months with the Blackstone Group, Global Crossing's financial adviser, expressing their interest in studying a bid. The companies that signed confidentiality agreements were identified by the email addresses of their representatives listed in the message, the story said.