When Goldman Sachs invested in Facebook, it offered its own clients a special purpose vehicle in order to get around the rule that restricts the number of US shareholders to 500 unless the company were to go public. So GS withdrew its offer from its US clients and instead offered it to foreigners.
Now, guess what? The SEC is thinking of changing that rule. The world seems to gravitate around the wishes of Goldman Sachs!
Here's how Max Keiser puts it:
As I Predicted, After Goldman Sachs Broke the Law, They Lobbied the SEC to Change the LawSee Max Keiser here
*SEC Might Delay Tech IPOs Even Further By Raising Shareholder Limit
This has been a recurring pattern on Wall St. for years. Firms like Goldman and JP Morgan break various laws all the time, but then they lobby to have the laws changed retroactively (yes, this law will change – and the talk now is to make it look like they are weighing some issues other than the massive kickback in cash they’ll get to change this law). This is obviously a complete breakdown in the concept of the rule of law. BusinessInsider shamefully carries the headline that insiders will have to wait for an IPO – instead of covering the fact that there’s been a miscarriage of justice. Any wonder Americans are becoming poorer? The average American can’t make up laws and rules to suit their personal net worth interests, but they are forced to compete with banks like Goldman that do.
This is BusinessInsider’s spin: “So if the SEC changes the rule it might be a further disincentive for tech companies to go public.” Huh? What about the fact that Goldman Sachs BROKE THE LAW!!!!
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