Bernie Ecclestonewith Donald Mackenzie
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone persuaded private equity fund CVC to double its initial valuation when it was buying a stake in the motor racing business, CVC's co-chairman told a German court on Wednesday.
Ecclestone, 83, is on trial for bribery, accused of channelling $44 million to a German banker in return for smoothing the sale to CVC which became the largest shareholder in Formula One in 2006.
Ecclestone, who denies wrongdoing, could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty and a conviction would end his long grip on a business he helped to create. The prosecution alleges that Ecclestone wanted CVC to take control as it meant he could...
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