Goldman float looks certain
Friday 12 June 1998
Despite rumours of a close vote, sources close to the bank said its 193 partners would be "very surprised" if a majority opposed flotation when they vote at a meeting in Rye Brook, near Manhattan.
"There's obviously a fair head of steam building up in favour of doing it," the source said. Partners are believed to be set for windfall payouts of at least $100m each.
Jon Corzine, the managing partner who is rumoured to be in line for a payout worth $800m, will take further soundings today to confirm there is a consensus behind the proposals. A yes vote tomorrow would lead to a further vote when financial details have been finalised.
The bank is known to be keen to appease the so-called "marzipan layer" of senior managers who will be robbed of the chance to become a partner. Their 210 most senior managers are likely to get at least $5m each.
Distribution of the windfall will be staggered. Partners are expected to get an amount that matches their time at the bank. At the London branch, 35 partners will benefit.
Goldman has faced some internal opposition to the idea of floating from partners who believe the bank's success is founded on its unique partnership culture. Six votes have gone against flotation in the past, including one just two years ago.
However, analysts believe New York banks are increasingly keen to expand abroad in the race to become global players. Flotation would make it much easier for Goldman Sachs to expand by acquisition.
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'naked pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'naked pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Isis in Syria: 60,000 Kurds flee terror in new exodus
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
iJobs Money & Business
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...
Up to £100k or £450p/d: Saxton Leigh: My client is a leading commodities tradi...
£320 - £330 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...
To £75,000 + Pension + Benefits + Bonus: Saxton Leigh: My client is looking f...