January 18, 2011
In a snub to American investors — granted, extremely wealthy ones — Goldman Sachs is making its exclusive private offering of Facebook even more exclusive. Due to reported headaches, the investment giant is making shares of the social media hot shot available only to investors in Europe.
The Wall Street Journal reports that “the intense media spotlight left the deal in danger of violating U.S. securities laws.”
Writes the Journal:
“Over $7 billion in orders have poured in from foreign investors, or more than $4 for every $1 in shares being sold, according to people familiar with the situation. While high-profile U.S. investors would have been another seal of approval for Facebook, a person close to the company said it is comfortable with a heavier-than-expected concentration of non-U.S. investors.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:53 am