Lehman Brothers: Managing a Global Investment Bank


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Case Code : BSTA075
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 2003
Organization : Lehman Brothers
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Global
Industry : Investment Banking

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History

The history of Lehman paralleled the growth of the United States and its transformation into a country of prosperity and international prominence. Henry Lehman, an immigrant from Germany, opened his small shop in the city of Montgomery, Alabama in 1844.

Six years later, his brothers Emanuel and Mayer joined him, and they named the business Lehman Brothers. Cotton was the cash crop of the time, and the Lehmans accepted it from the local farmers as currency to settle accounts. In 1858, they opened an office in New York, which was the commodity-trading center of the country...

Business Segments

Lehman was a leader in equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, investment banking, private equity and private client services. It consistently ranked among the world's top investment banks. The firm believed its network and access to local and international markets enabled it to solve its clients' diverse financial problems quickly and effectively...

Risk Management

Overview of Risks
As a leading global investment bank, risk was an inherent part of Lehman's businesses. The major risks, which Lehman faced, were credit, market and operational risks . Lehman used a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques to monitor and mitigate these risks...

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