Lehman Brothers Faces Objections to Barclays Sale

Bloomberg – Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the U.S. investment bank holding company that filed the largest bankruptcy in history, faces objections to a proposed $1.75 billion sale of its broker-dealer unit to Barclays Plc.

Hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge to block the sale unless Lehman immediately discloses cash transfers it made just prior to its bankruptcy, including an alleged $5 billion transfer of cash from Lehman’s London office. Another two hedge funds, Bay Harbour Management LC and Amber Capital, filed papers alleging $8 billion was moved.

The objections continued to roll in as a hearing to approve the sale, scheduled for 4 p.m., was delayed as hundreds of participants and onlookers overcrowded a courtroom in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

Lehman “must provide adequate information, and certify its accuracy, as to what cash has moved in and out of Lehman Brothers Inc. and debtor Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.,” Harbinger said in court documents filed today with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Peck.

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