Published June 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM
Congressional hearings into the activities of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) came at a fortuitous time for proponents of financial reform. Testimony from Lloyd Blankfein and company on Capitol Hill coincided with the debate about financial reform in the Senate. Efforts to combine the House and Senate bills, however, is happening in a less heated environment, says Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP's Lawrence Kaplan, and should result in a toned-down final version. Watch the video below or download it at iTunes. Read the magazine feature on Goldman and financial reform here. - Suzanne Stevens
Low interest rates and alternative financing sources are just two of the many things affecting private equity deals right now, according to Paul Aversano, managing director at Alvarez & Marsal LLC. In a recent studio interview, Aversano discussed the conditions both buyers and sellers are facing at this time. Aversano, who is also the global practice leader for the firm's transaction advisory group, also outlined how low interest rates will continue to affect the M&A market and the pressure that PE firms are feeling to transact.