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INTRODUCTION Imagine we could step back to Manahattans financial district circa 1869 we might see a man in a frock coat and high silk hat hurrying along the cobblestone streets This could be Marcus Goldman an immigrant from Europe and maturing entrepreneur Would he have ever thought that he would be the founder of the greatest financial success stories of the twentieth century Endlich 1999 Goldman Sachs is a global leading investment banking and securities firm It commenced as a little-known business founded by Marcus Goldman in 1869 Almost 20 years later Samuel Sachs joined his father-in-law Marcus Goldman and created Goldman Sachs as a private partnership with a minor reputation and a huge dream Endlich 1998 After more than a century of substantial growth from 2 to 200 private partners the firm became a public company in 1999 creating a publicly traded organization worth 48 billionfortune 1999 Along with a presence in over 90 countries across three continents the Goldman Sachs group Inc is headquartered in New York City and has 41 offices nationwide Goldman is the investment banker to companies such as Microsoft Ford Motor Company General Electric and American Express This prestigious investment-banking firm is one of the oldest largest and omniscient companies across the globe The two main services provided by Goldman Sachs include investment banking and equities The departments of the Investment Banking Division include The Corporate Finance Department which advises clients worldwide on structuring and carrying out financial strategies to meet their financial objectives across a wide range of industries including retail high technology chemical production and transportation Business Week 1997 The Mergers and Acquisitions Department provides advice worldwide regarding acquisitions divestitures joint ventures recapitalizations leverage buyouts and takeover attempts New Yorker The merger and acquisition process involves analyzing features of companies and industries determining likely buyers and sellers and marketing negotiating and closing transactions The real estate department provides complex and original investment banking services worldwide
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