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(NYTimes.com) — It was like a hidden passage on Wall Street, a secret channel that enabled billions of dollars to flow through Lehman Brothers. In the years before its collapse, Lehman used a small company — its “alter ego,” in the words of a former Lehman trader — to shift investments off its books.
The firm, called Hudson Castle, played a crucial, behind-the-scenes role at Lehman, according to an internal Lehman document and interviews with former employees. The relationship raises new questions about the extent to which Lehman obscured its financial condition before it plunged into bankruptcy.
Lawyers liquidating the bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. proposed transforming the remnants of the investment bank’s staff into a for-profit asset- management business to begin operations by May 1.
Lehman Brothers used an accounting maneuver to make itself look financially stronger than it actually was, and the firm used it so much one executive called it a “drug.” Did other investment banks get hooked?