Goldman Sachs in Japan



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Code : COM0106

Year :
2006

Industry : Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Region : Japan

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment : Not Available

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Abstract: Goldman Sachs, the leading investment bank in the world, entered Japan in 1969. The economic reforms initiated by the government of Japan in 1996, following the collapse of the bubble economy, helped foreign investment banks to establish themselves in the country. Goldman Sachs took the opportunity and quickly became the leading foreign investment bank in the country. In spite of criticism from various groups in Japan for its role in some controversial deals, the investment bank continued with its expansion activities in the country and has been an active buyer and seller of loss-making Japanese companies. However, Goldman Sachs' activities in the country were criticised by various quarters in Japan. They alleged that the investment bank was functioning more like a private-equity firm rather than as an investment bank.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To provide an insight into: (1) the investment-banking scenario in Japan;(2) the growth of Goldman Sachs in Japan; and (3) the strategies being adopted by the investment bank
  • To discuss whether Goldman Sachs was adopting the right strategies for growing its business in Japan.


    Keywords : Goldman Sachs; Investment banking in Japan; Bubble economy; Deregulation; Mergers and acquisitions; Principal underwriter; Government of Japan; Conflict of interests; Financial Services Agency (FSA); Tax evasion; Market Entry Strategies Case Study; Financially weak companies; Economic downturn; Restructuring of business; Private equity firm; Vulture investor

    Contents :
    Investment Banking in Japan
    Goldman Sachs: A Brief Profile
    Goldman Sachs in Japan


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