Case Analysis : Lehman Brothers

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Executive Summary A decade ago the Lehman Brothers were the fourth largest investment bank in America. Dealing with Investment banking and investment management, the Lehman Brothers was one of the largest global financial service providers. Consequently, the subprime mortgage crisis left the company filing for the declaration of the chapter 11 bankruptcy protections, due to the unnecessary undertaken risk and obnoxious negligence accusations directed towards the group. Companies should utilize observational and analytical pundit functions in identifying the presence of crisis situations to avoid an economic downturn in the business (Pontell, 2014). The fraud would have prevented through stronger and better internal controls, which…show more content…
Accordingly, the firm had more mortgage-backed safes than any other company in the U.S; in fact, the mortgage-backed securities were four times as many as its value of shared equity to its shareholders. In the early parts 2007, the company had a total of $86 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities; the credit crisis of the U.S saw the stock value fall drastically (Pontell, 2014). The business was affected by the miscalculation; in the year to follow the company would eliminate mortgage-related employee positions and close its offices in the BNC unit and the Alt-A lender Aurora in some states. Relevant Elements from the Fraud Triangle Opportunity: The company’s finance department had the chance to reduce the company’s weight in mortgage-backed securities. However, it chooses not to. The company’s financial adviser did not evaluate any risk that would emerge in the economic sector of the U.S during that year. Furthermore, the company had an opportunity to identify the consequence that would result due to the falling mortgages; somewhat the company neglected this risk and increased in value of portfolio. Rationalization: At the early stages of the economic depression, the company developed rationalized approaches to adhere to the economic change. The company let off a number of employees and closed down a number of offices, nevertheless the company did not anticipate the coming
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