Goldman Sachs has “a lot to answer for,” Sen. Carl Levin said ahead of a hearing that will focus on the role investment banks played in the financial crisis. Lawmakers have been pressing for more information ever since the SEC accused Goldman of fraud for its role in underwriting a controversial subprime security. Thomson Reuters’ WG&L Accounting & Compliance Alert looks at the issues. Click here for more details.
By John Manley
Three years ago, Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Tourre, emailed his girlfriend Marine. Amid the amour and tendresse, “Fabulous Fab” expressed his misgivings about his job: he was conflicted about selling financial instruments that he thought were destined to fail.
Though Fab tried to rationalise his role as a small cog helping the huge engine of the capital markets operate more efficiently, he didn’t appear entirely convinced that this cleared him of any ethical responsibility.
By Krista Hughes and Mark Felsenthal
FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – Major central banks are taking on a new role of finance police in the wake of the global financial crisis but they could find their hands more tied as a result.
Some former government prosecutors are cheering the SEC’s case against Goldman Sachs. Some even called it a watershed event that might rehabilitate the SEC’s image, which has been tarnished in the fallout from the financial crisis and the failure to catch financial fraudsters like Bernard Madoff. Now all the SEC has to do is win its trial against Goldman, which is vowing to fight the charges, reports WG&L, from Thomson Reuters tax and accounting specialists.
In the aftermath of the Goldman Sachs fraud charges, Propel Capital said it was delaying the Canadian IPO of its Propel Multi-Strategy Fund – until recently called the Propel Paulson Diversified Fund. Propel says it’s just a delay, but there is no indication when the offering might be resurrected. Westlaw Business Currents, a Thomson Reuters product, looks at the issues.
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By Andy Sullivan and Kevin Drawbaugh
WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Senate pressed forward on a sweeping regulation overhaul on Wednesday, backing a measure to drive banks from the lucrative derivatives market at the heart of the financial crisis.
NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc <GS.N> Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein attacked U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud charges against the bank in phone calls to clients, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.
BUDAPEST, April 22 (Reuters) – Hungary’s financial market regulator PSZAF has fined Deutsche Bank London 90 million forints ($458,100) for high volume spot forint foreign exchange transactions on Oct. 15, 2008 which weakened the exchange rate, the watchdog said on Thursday.