SINGAPORE (June 28): In a private dining room at Singapore’s Taste Paradise restaurant, over a meal of abalone and suckling pig, two Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bankers were explaining a US$1.75 billion ($2.38 billion) bond offering to six executives of a Swiss bank.
It was early 2012, and joining Goldman bankers Roger Ng and Tim Leissner that day were a young Malaysian financier named Low Taek Jho and an official from state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd., known as 1MDB, which had hired the New York bank to underwrite the bond sale.
Now, people familiar with the matter say, investigators from Singapore to the US are looking more closely at the roles of Ng and Leissner, who’ve both left Goldman. And they’re asking what happened in that private dining room named after the first emperor of a unified China, Qin Shi Huang. In particular, they’re examining how $577 million in proceeds from a bond sale that May ended up a day later in an account at BSI SA in Switzerland -- the same bank whose executives were at the Taste Paradise.