Goldman Sachs (GS) Plans Major Reorganization

GS to break into three main segments

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) reportedly is on the verge of announcing a major reorganization, which will put its biggest businesses into three divisions. One division will house Goldman's investment banking and trading operations. The second will include its wealth management and asset management businesses, as well as its Marcus online consumer banking unit. The third division will include transaction banking, Goldman's financial technology (fintech) platforms, specialty lender GreenSky, plus Goldman's ventures with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and General Motors Company (GM).

The formal announcement is expected to come within days, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 16, 2022. A shakeup of executive roles and responsibilities is a likely outcome. Also, the reorganization appears to be part of CEO David Solomon's strategy to emphasize businesses that generate steady fees in any market or economic environment. It also seems designed to overcome skepticism, both inside and outside Goldman, about the firm's move into consumer banking with Marcus.

Key Takeaways

  • Goldman Sachs (GS) reportedly will reorganize its businesses into three divisions.
  • Investment banking will be combined with trading.
  • Asset management will be combined with consumer banking (mainly Marcus) and wealth management.
  • Various other businesses will fall into the third division.
  • Key goals are reportedly to focus on businesses that generate steady fees and to overcome skepticism about Goldman's foray into consumer banking with Marcus.

Current Goldman Sachs Organization

Goldman Sachs currently organizes its businesses into these divisions: Asset Management, Consumer and Wealth Management (which includes Marcus), Global Markets (trading), Investment Banking, and Firmwide Strategy.

Firmwide Strategy develops, evaluates, and executes plans for new businesses and growth initiatives across the firm and leads strategic transactions, including acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures. In addition to the five divisions listed above, Goldman Sachs also has 15 other divisions that are mainly oriented toward the internal operations of the firm.

Credit Suisse Restructuring

The pending announcement from Goldman Sachs comes on the heels of a report in early September 2022 that Credit Suisse Group AG (CS) is looking to slash about $1 billion in annual costs, a move that may involve the termination of about 5,000 employees. Credit Suisse's plan, expected to be announced later in October, will reportedly include scaling back its investment banking unit and taking measures to put a series of scandals behind it.

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  2. Goldman Sachs. "Our Divisions."

  3. The Guardian. "Credit Suisse Weighs Up 5,000 Job Cuts as Part of Restructuring Plan."

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