Greg Palm , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. general counsel, took a call in his 37th-floor office at One New York Plaza on Dec. 16, 2008. It was his old boss, Stephen Friedman , a former Goldman chairman who was then head of the audit committee of its board of directors. Goldman’s stock was down 65 percent from its 52-week high during an accelerating global financial breakdown.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which is facing a fraud suit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its sale of a mortgage-linked security in 2007, tried to get rid of its portion of the deal, a lawyer for the firm said.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has signaled it will fight a U.S. lawsuit over subprime mortgage instruments the same way Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit and UBS AG have challenged similar claims -- by invoking the concept of caveat emptor: Latin for buyer beware.
For a moment last week as the Goldman Sachs drama unfolded, it looked as if the bank might defend itself against a sensational civil fraud charge by hanging out to dry one of its vice presidents, the fabulous Frenchman, Fabrice Tourre .
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. shareholders re-elected Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein as chairman and voted against splitting the two roles after Blankfein said he has “no current plans” to step down.
The satraps of Capitol Hill don’t have much taste for aggressive financial reform. They do have a certain talent, however, for the theater of aggressive reform. And when Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein settles in at the witness table of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Tuesday, that’s what they’ll try to deliver: a moment that crystallizes three years of global disgust with the smart money boys who seem to have played the rest of us for fools.