Galleon Probe Turns To Goldman Buffett Deal (WSJ)
Rajat Gupta, the Goldman director who will not be seeking reelection told Raj Rajaratnam about Warren Buffett's $5 billion investment before a public announcement was made. Was that wrong? Should he not have done that?
Greece Seeks Aid (Reuters)
Prime Minister George Papandreou requested the 45 billion euro ($60.5 billion) package after a months-long selloff by investors pushed borrowing costs to record levels and undermined Athens' efforts to cut its 300 billion euro debt pile. "This is the moment. The time that was not granted to us by the markets will be given to us by the support of the euro zone," Papandreou said in a statement broadcast live from island of Kastellorizo. "It is a national and imperative need to officially ask our partners in the EU for the activation of the support mechanism we jointly created."
Goldman Gambles as Lawyers Say Bank Should Cut Its Losses, Settle With SEC (Bloomberg)
“There’s a very low probability that Goldman could get the case dismissed,” said Thomas Hazen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose books include a two-volume treatise on broker-dealer law. “Every pretrial motion the SEC wins, Goldman gets one step closer to losing.”
Goldman Roles In Spotlight (FT)
Goldman Sachs was both an underwriter and an investor in Lloyds Banking Group's vast refinancing deal late last year, the FT has learnt, highlighting the potential conflicts of interest at the heart of the investment bank's business model. According to four people involved in the capital raising, Goldman - a dealer manager on the debt portion of the £23.5bn transaction - demanded last-minute changes to the structure of a deal it was underwriting. This had the effect of benefiting its position as a bond investor.
Husband-and-wife bankers save kids from UES house fire (NYP)
Sally Bednar, a chief operating officer at Morgan Stanley and David Bednar, a JP Morgan exec: good to have around in a crisis.
US Mulls AIG Sale Timeline (NYP)
The Treasury Department plan could be announced as early as the fourth quarter.
A Wall Street Ally Balances Loyalties (WSJ)
"This is a hard position for any New York senator or representative, because Wall Street is our No. 1 economic engine. But Wall Street did a lot of wrong things," Mr. Schumer said in an interview in his office Thursday. "For the good of New York, you need strong reform. I wrestled with this for a while."