Friday, May 14, 2010
Khuzami and and CDOs
"[SEC] enforcement chief Robert Khuzami oversaw a group of lawyers at his old firm, Deutsche Bank AG [DB], that was closely involved in developing collateralized debt obligations, the same product in the agency's fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs Group In., according to people familiar with the matter. ... As part of that job he worked with lawyers who advised on the CDOs issued by the German bank and how details about them should be disclosed to investors. ... Liek Goldman, [DB] has faced allegations of inadequate control over its creation of CDOs. It isn't clear if Mr. Khuzami personally reviewed any sturctured-finance deal documents in his role at the bank, and outside law firms were also involved in CDO work. ... Because of Mr. Khuzami's old job and his financial interest in the company, he has recused himself from any matters related to [DB], according to an SEC spokesman. ... SEC officials say Mr. Khuzami's resume is a nonissue, adding thjat the agency will go after illegal conduct wherever it occurs. ... Mr. Khuzami has vowed to pursue wrongdoing against Wall Street firms in high-profile areas such as subprime mortgages and CDOs. ... Mr. Khuzami is the first SEC enforcement director in recent history to come directly from an investment bank. ... Some securities lawyers say Mr. Khuzami's high-level position at [DB] could have given him insight into structured-finance products, an area where the SEC has been criticized for a shortage of expertise", Aaron Lucchetti & Kara Scannell at the WSJ, 24 April 2010, link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704388304575202562283283500.html.
Khuzami's appointment did nothing for me. It still doesn'. See my 20 February 2009 post: