However, all of these problems were compounded by the actions of the executives. Some were simple errors in business judgement, but others were deliberate balance sheet manipulation. Furthermore, most of the assets were long-lived or matured in over a year but liabilities were due in less than a year. Lehman had to borrow and repay billions of dollars through the "repo" market every day in order to remain in business. Instead they elected to "double-down" their bets, expecting to make high profits when the market "came back".
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Fortune companies and public entities seek his counsel on matters ranging from government contracts and health care to class actions, ethics violations and internal corporate investigations. In , Mr. Valukas led a highly complex internal investigation for General Motors Company regarding events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches. In , he was appointed as the Examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy, reputed to be the largest such case in US history. Chambers USA named Mr. In The American Lawyer magazine recognized Mr.
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ANTON VALUKAS LEHMAN REPORT PDF
How much time do board members of banks spend reading all these essential weighty tomes, or do they rely on news-article or email-sized summaries? Such reports in corporate libraries and computer archive disks, they get laid down like fine wines in cellars. The authorities were absorbed in other problems and probably concluded this was a case of bad-mouthing rivalry, pot calling a kettle black! It is not normally hard for banks to free up liquidity if they really have to. Valukas confirms that Lehman did precisely that - count encumbered assets as if unencumbered and near-liquid! The Valukas report is a must-read for all risk and finance officers, as too for all bank boards and audit partners.