In a follow-up email to Segarra, Silva wrote: "In light of your repeated and adamant assertions that Goldman has no written conflicts of interest policy, you can understand why I was surprised to find a "Conflicts of Interests Section" in Goldman's Code of Conduct that seemed to me to define, prohibit and instruct employees what to do about it."
But in Segarra's view, the code fell far short of the Fed's official guidance, which calls for a policy that encompasses the entire bank and provides a framework for "assessing, controlling, measuring, monitoring and reporting" conflicts.
ProPublica sent a copy of Goldman's Code of Conduct to two legal and compliance experts familiar with the Fed's guidance on the topic. Both did not want be quoted by name, either because they were not authorized by their employer or because they did not want to publicly criticize Goldman Sachs. Both have experience as bank examiners in the area of legal and compliance. Each said Goldman's Code of Conduct would not qualify as a firm-wide conflicts of interest policy as set out by the Fed's guidance.
In the recordings, Segarra asks Gwen Libstag, the executive at Goldman who is responsible for managing conflicts, whether the bank has "a definition of a conflict of interest, what that is and what that means?"Read the whole article here
"No," Libstag replied at the meeting in April.
Back in December, according to meeting minutes, a Goldman executive told Segarra and other regulators that Goldman did not have a single policy: "It's probably more than one document – there is no one policy per se."
Listen to the audio recorded by Segarra here