Goldman Sachs named as defendant in SVB-related class action lawsuit

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[1/4] A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

May 4 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (GS.N) is among the underwriters named as defendants in a securities class action lawsuit related to several of SVB Financial Group's share offerings in 2021 and 2022, the investment bank disclosed in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

The complaint asserts claims under the federal securities laws and alleges the offer documents contained material misstatements and omissions, the Wall Street giant said.

Goldman added the lawsuit, filed on April 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, seeks compensatory damages in unspecified amounts.

On March 17, SVB Financial Group filed for a court-supervised reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to seek buyers for its assets, days after its former unit Silicon Valley Bank was taken over by U.S. regulators.

Financial stocks have lost billions of dollars in value in the aftermath of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank and saw nervous depositors flee to larger 'too-big-to-fail' institutions with their capital.

On March 14, SVB said Goldman Sachs was the acquirer of a bond portfolio on which it booked a $1.8 billion loss, a transaction that set in motion the failure of the bank.

The loss on the portfolio was the reason SVB, a technology-focused lender which did business as Silicon Valley Bank, attempted a $2.25 billion stock sale earlier that month using Goldman Sachs as an adviser.

Reporting by Manya Saini in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri

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