Gulf Capital Partners, LLC wants to be heard in the SCO bankruptcy, I gather. There is a pro hac vice Motion to Appear [PDF] filed by Gulf Capital Partners, LLC.
There's more than one entity with that or a similar name, but I suspect that this one may be the Stephen Norris Gulf Capital Partners. Incidentally, or maybe not so incidentally, listed as a senior advisor on the principals page is Robert Kasten,
also a consultant for the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, which you will recall attacked Linux -- here's the infamous "report" [PDF] -- albeit unsuccessfully. Not that AdTI ever admitted defeat, as you can see on this incredible AdTI page, where they call Open Source software "open sores software" and reference both Maureen O'Gara and Paul Murphy -- small world, isn't it?
The think tank report on Linux was reportedly funded at least indirectly, by Microsoft. Microsoft admits funding AdTI, but not specific projects. And it called the report unhelpful. Of course, there are coincidences in life of the three degrees variety. So, just saying.
This should prove interesting. If it was money on the barrel head this exact minute, though, I don't think they'd need to send a lawyer to speak. So, what then? My best guess is that they may tell the court that money will really and truly appear if SCO wins the appeal. Hmm. That assumes facts not in evidence, as they say.
Here's the entry in the docket:
06/11/2009 - 800 - Affidavit/Declaration of Service of Kimberly A.
Beck Regarding Novell's Reply to the Debtors' Opposition to Its Motion
for Conversion (related document(s) 796 ) Filed by Novell, Inc..
(Greecher, Sean) (Entered: 06/11/2009) Ms. Bayles is an associate with the very reputable firm, Bryan Cave. She seems to specialize in bankruptcy:
06/12/2009 - 801 - Motion to
Appear pro hac vice of Leslie Allen Bayles, Esquire. Receipt Number
156221, Filed by Gulf Capital Partners, LLC. (Conlan, Kelly) (Entered:
Leslie Bayles has experience representing a large range of clients,
including secured lenders, unsecured creditors and debtors. She has
represented clients in bankruptcy-related litigation, including bankruptcy
claim disputes and defense against large avoidance actions. Her experience
also includes representing financial institutions in debtor-in-possession
financing, as well as repossessions and foreclosures involving large
equipment and aircraft across the country. Maybe she can foreclose on the SCO blimp. Nah. Other side, I'm afraid. The firm is also sending a partner, Alan S. Pearce, according to another filing we see on the docket but haven't uploaded yet -- [ Update: we have it now.]:
802 - 6/12/2009 - Motion to Appear pro hac vice of Alan S. Pearce, Esquire.
Receipt Number 158018, Filed by Gulf Capital Partners, LLC. (Conlan, Kelly) Here's what he specializes in:
Alan Pearce focuses his practice on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures,
securities, financings, real estate investment trusts and general corporate
matters. He represents public and privately held companies and executives in
a wide variety of businesses including, real estate, finance, magazines,
manufacturing and e-commerce. He has represented clients in various
financing transactions, including public and private equity and debt
offerings, securitizations and various institutional credit and loan
transactions. Sending a partner means someone cares enough about this to send the very best, as they say.
Or someone hates Linux enough.