Monday, 20 October 2014
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Jul 29 2010 | 12:20pm ET
Goldman Sachs undoubtedly believes that there have been too many lawsuits filed against it over its controversial Abacus collateralized debt obligation. A New York State judge agrees—to an extent.
Faced with two more investor lawsuits against the Wall Street giant and some of its top officials, Justice Richard Lowe combined the two into one, and then adjourned the case until more progress is made on the 15 shareholder lawsuits filed against Goldman in Manhattan federal court.
At issue is Goldman’s role in the ABACUS-AC1-2007 transaction. The firm recently settled a Securities and Exchange Commission fraud lawsuit, alleging that Goldman misled investors about the role of hedge fund Paulson & Co. in the CDO. According to the SEC, Goldman structured and marketed the CDO on Paulson’s behalf, but did not tell investors that Paulson helped select the securities that went into the CDO or that the hedge fund planned to short the CDO through credit default swaps it bought from Goldman.
The bank agreed to pay $550 million to make the SEC case go away, without admitting wrongdoing but acknowledging problems with its marketing materials.
Lowe agreed to delay the lawsuits in his own court at the request of plaintiff’s lawyer Jennifer Sarnelli. Goldman has argued that all of the lawsuits—including an 18th, in Delaware Chancery Court—should be combined and moved to a single venue.
Sarnelli disagreed, telling Lowe, “we believe that this is the right jurisdiction,” when asked why she chose not to join the federal cases.
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitish of Peddie School's endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET
The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…
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