Goldman Sachs might wish it had never hired Jaber Jabbour. Named as one of the Financial News' rising stars under 40 in 2012, Jabbour left Goldman's London office in November 2008. The Imperial College London graduate has since set up 'Ethos Capital Advisors', a firm that helps governments restructure debt, and he has cropped up at various awkward moments.
Jabbour's latest prod to Goldman comes in the form of a letter reportedly sent to the Greek government suggesting that it set about 'clawing back' some of the hundreds of millions of dollars that were paid to Goldman Sachs to massage Greek debt down to a level which enabled the country to enter the eurozone in the first place. Jabbour reportedly suggests that now is the time to, "right historical wrongs" and reclaim the money to help reduce current Greek indebtedness.
Jabbour has form. At Ethos, he's already helped Portugal to renegotiate its debts. And while he worked for Goldman he was reportedly castigated by the bank for questioning a contentious trade the bank conducted on behalf of the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund. As a result of his queries about this Libyan deal, Jabbour reportedly feared losing his job at Goldman and being deported from the UK (he's Syrian). Instead, he set up Ethos aged 30 in 2012 and is still firmly around.
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