Wed, Oct 7, 2015
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hedge funds rally around Goldman Sachs, dismiss SEC case as ‘childish’ and all drama

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update – Embattled global investment bank Goldman Sachs found an ally in big names from the hedge funds industry, who described the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges against it as “childish” and all drama.

Activist hedge fund Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group said that the questioned disclosure around Goldman’s transaction with John Paulson, CEO of hedge fund firm Paulson & Co., that is being used to vilify the investment bank or to pass regulatory reform is incredible. “I don’t want to use the word childish… but it’s childish,” he told Reuters.

Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, defended Goldman Sachs and told CNBC that he does not believe the bank had committed fraud. “I don’t think the (Securities and Exchange Commission) has a good case. Having been the subject of investigation in the past … I don’t feel sorry for Goldman Sachs, but they’re not being treated fairly,” he said.He explained that it would be unethical for Goldman to disclose that Paulson was shorting the housing trade to any investors taking long positions.

The SEC filed securities charges against Goldman Sachs and one of its employees, Fabrice Tourre, for alleged material misstatements and omissions in connection with a synthetic collateralized debt obligations (CDO) that the bank structured and marketed. The synthetic CDO called ABACUS 2007-ACI, was shorted by John Paulson – a transaction that saw him earn around $1bn.

An unnamed senior London-based hedge funder told Fox Business that hedge funds are sticking with Goldman Sachs because nobody wants “to kill the golden goose.” The source told Fox Business, "People are not afraid to move the business to where they think it should be, regardless of who the counterparty is. But obviously nobody wants to upset Goldman ... at the moment they don't have any reason."

On Sunday, Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffet expressed confidence with his $5bn investment into Goldman Sachs. Berkshire’s director Thomas Murphy said Buffet is not concerned with his investment and remains comfortable with his working relationship with the investment bank.

Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein pledged to introduce reforms in the bank’s policies in the wake of its recent controversy. He made the promise during the nearly 11-hour hearing conducted on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, led by Senator Carl Levin. He told senators that "everything that's been the subject of criticism will be tightened up.”

At the same time, a senior lawyer representing Goldman Sachs said the judgment should be based on “merits and facts” rather than on a picture of Goldman as an “evil empire.”
-Komfie Manalo


What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. U.S. hedge funds prepare for worst finish this year since 2008[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

  3. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with

  4. A hedge fund strategy that seems to have fizzled[more]

    From The hedge fund strategy that has attracted the most money this year is on course to cause some of the biggest losses for investors, in the latest example of the dangers of going with the crowd. Institutions and individuals have piled an estimated $20 billion (Dh73 billion) into ma

  5. Hedge fund Barnegat survives September’s market selloff[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $679 million Barnegat Fund proved resilient after another month of market letdown as the hedge fund gained 2.2% last month, bringing its year-to-date gains to 2.8%. Treue said in his monthly report to i