Goldman Sachs saw its appeal of a FINRA arbitration award struck down Tuesday, when the $20.6 million decision was upheld in favor of creditors of the Bayou Group.
Goldman, which acted as a clearing broker and prime broker for hedge funds associated with the Bayou Funds, an alleged Ponzi scheme that collapsed in 2005 and entered bankruptcy in 2006, was originally ordered to pay the award by a three-member FINRA panel on June 24, 2010.
Court documents indicated that the panel’s decision regarded Goldman as an “initial transferee” of the two sets of deposits at issue, and not as a mere avenue of transfer of funds having no control over them. Goldman challenged the decision, first by petitioning the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. That court instead confirmed the award through a cross-petition.
Then Goldman appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, but saw the decision upheld by the appeals court. Goldman had argued in its appeal that the arbitration decision was in “manifest disregard of the law.”