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Goldman Sachs cooperating with government probes on SVB collapse

Published 05/04/2023, 07:39 AM
Updated 05/04/2023, 10:22 AM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) -Goldman Sachs Group Inc said in a filing on Thursday it is cooperating with government probes into collapsed Silicon Valley Bank.

The Wall Street bank is "cooperating with and providing information to various governmental bodies in connection with their investigations and inquiries" into SVB, including the two companies' dealings in March.

Goldman was involved in key events before SVB's downfall in that month. The Wall Street bank acquired a bond portfolio on which SVB booked a $1.8 billion loss, a transaction that preceded a failed SVB share sale where Goldman was an underwriter.

Goldman was also among the underwriters named as defendants in a securities class action lawsuit related to several SVB share offerings in 2021 and 2022, it said in a regulatory filing.

The plaintiffs allege offer documents contained material misstatements and omissions, Goldman said in the filing. The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which was filed on April 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

On March 17, SVB Financial Group filed for a court-supervised reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to seek buyers for its assets, days after its former unit Silicon Valley Bank was taken over by U.S. regulators.

Financial stocks have lost billions of dollars in value after the collapses of SVB and Signature Bank (OTC:SBNY), which saw nervous depositors flee to larger 'too-big-to-fail' institutions.

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