Thursday, 2 October 2014
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Feb 3 2014 | 3:58pm ET
The Blackstone Group and Och-Ziff Capital Management have become ensnared in the U.S. government's widening probe into alleged bribery at Libya's sovereign wealth fund.
The investigation began as a Securities and Exchange Commission civil probe into Goldman Sachs' relationship with the Libyan Investment Authority, which has sued the bank over losses suffered during the financial crisis. The inquiry has grown into a criminal investigation by the Justice Department into Goldman, Blackstone, Och-Ziff, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase and Société Générale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
At issue is whether any of the firm paid bribes to LIA officials, which is barred by U.S. law. The firms were among those that sought to attract Libyan business around the financial crisis, after the country, long an international pariah, had moved to improve its relations with the U.S. and other western countries. Alleged evidence of wrongdoing emerged following Libya's 2011 revolution, which overthrew longtime military ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
The Justice Department is investigating the role of so-called "fixers" who linked investment firms with members of the Gaddafi regime, acting similarly to placement agents. Prosecutors are working to determine whether those "fixers" passed illegal payments on to Libyan officials.
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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