Wall Street Reorg: Impact on Real Estate?


After a weekend spent huddling together, Wall Street chieftains were unable (or, more precisely, unwilling) to come up with a plan to save faltering Lehman Brothers, which is now expected to file for bankruptcy. Merrill Lynch, which had seen its shares drop along with Lehman's in recent days, agreed to be acquired by Bank of America for close to $50 billion. Meanwhile, questions about giant insurer AIG's ability to weather its own set of mortgage-related problems continued to mount. “My goodness. I’ve been in the business 35 years, and these are the most extraordinary events I’ve ever seen,” said Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the private equity firm the Blackstone Group, who was head of Lehman in the 1970s and a secretary of commerce in the Nixon administration. The big question is whether these moves will increase investor unease or, by removing a few of the major question marks, hasten its recovery. The same can be said for the local real estate market. While many of Merrill's remaining 60,000 employees will undoubtably be kept on, the same can't be said for Lehman's workforce of 25,000; on the other hand, market's hate uncertainty, and maybe this just helps ensure that New York market is on target to meet Jim Cramer's projected turnaround date of June 30, 2009.
Two Major Wall Street Banks Falter [NY Times]
Crisis on Wall Street [WSJ]
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