Goldman Sachs raises $5.5 billion for pension and endowment asset purchases

April 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Please bring your attention to the FACT that they will be purchasing assets from pensions and endowments with this $5.5 billion dollars.  I would like to know if all the money came from private investors or company funds.  First off, Goldman Sachs did take TARP bailout money so it makes me wonder if this is a hidden bailout for the pensions and endowments that were either steered or willing invested in pretty shady financial vehicles.  

Or, is this what is to come, with the U.S. taxpayer bailing out all these banks, now they have this huge advantage by getting fresh cash from the Fed & Treasury because asset prices are so depressed.  I would like to know more about what assets these funds are offloading.  Something does not smell right here.

News (Bloomberg):

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised a fund with about $5.5 billion in capital commitments to buy private-equity assets on the secondary market from endowments and pensions that have been stung by losses.

The GS Vintage Fund V, Goldman Sachs’s fifth dedicated private-equity secondary fund, will acquire investments ranging from $1 million to more than $1 billion, the New York-based company said today in a statement.

Investors are forming nonleveraged buyout funds, including pools dedicated to secondary interests, as financing remains scarce for LBOs amid the global credit crisis. Secondary buyers are taking advantage of discounts on private-equity stakes of 50 percent or more as endowments including Harvard University’s weigh unloading commitments to buyout funds after their overall assets plunged in last year’s stock market rout.

“There’s a lot of capital lined up for these deals,” said Richard Lichter, managing partner of Stamford, Connecticut-based Newbury Partners LLC, which buys secondary interests. “There’s a lot out there and so much that may come to market. But these big groups have done very few transactions.”

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