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Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, today announced it has reached a settlement with Goldman Sachs, related companies and certain named individuals. The settlement addresses claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities (PLS) purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 2005 and 2007.
Under the terms of the settlement, Goldman Sachs will pay $3.15 billion in connection with releases and the purchase of securities that were the subject of statutory claims in the lawsuit
FHFA v. Goldman Sachs & Co., et al., in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York. Goldman Sachs will pay approximately $2.15 billion to Freddie Mac and approximately $1 billion to Fannie Mae. This settlement, worth approximately $1.2 billion, effectively makes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac whole on their investments in the securities at issue. As part of the settlement, FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will release certain claims against Goldman Sachs & Co. related to the securities involved.
The settlement also resolves claims that involved a Goldman Sachs security in
FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc., et al. FHFA previously settled claims against Ally Financial Inc.
This is the sixteenth settlement reached in the
18 PLS lawsuits FHFA filed in 2011.
Three cases remain outstanding and FHFA is committed to satisfactory resolution of those actions.
Link to Settlement Agreement with Fannie Mae
Link to Settlement Agreement with Freddie Mac
The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks. These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.6 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions.
Corinne Russell (202) 649-3032 / Stefanie Johnson (202) 649-3030
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