If anyone is still unsure about Goldman Sachs's motives or its rotten-to-the-core business model, then just examine the way Goldman Sachs treated eToys when it was underwriting their IPO. The actions of Goldman Sachs were scurrilous and reprehensible.
As mathbabe suggests, lies are incorporated into the business model and have inherently become part of the business plan of banks and some corporations. Fraud is part of Goldman's business and from Goldman's behavior we can deduce that anyone who insists on working with or for Goldman accepts implicitly that fraud and corruption are part of their business model too.
Rigging the I.P.O. Game
By Joe Nocera - The New York Times
ONCE upon a time, in a very different age, an Internet start-up called eToys went public. The date was May 20, 1999. The offering price had been set at $20, but investors in that frenzied era were so eager for eToys shares that the stock immediately shot up to $78. It ended its first day of trading at $77 a share.
The eToys initial public offering raised $164 million, a nice chunk of change for a two-year-old company. But it wasn’t even close to the $600 million-plus the company could have raised if the offering price had more realistically reflected the intense demand for eToys shares. The firm that underwrote the I.P.O. — and effectively set the $20 price — was Goldman Sachs.
After the Internet bubble burst — and eToys, starved for cash, went out of business — lawyers representing eToys’ creditors’ committee sued Goldman Sachs over that I.P.O. That lawsuit, believe it or not, is still going on. Indeed, it has taken on an importance that transcends the rise and fall of one small company during the first Internet craze.
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