By SUSANNE CRAIG
Mark Schwartz, hired this week to lead the Asia-Pacific operations at Goldman Sachs, has one of the more interesting résumés of the bank’s recent hires.
The banker left Goldman in 2002 and landed at Soros Fund Management, a company controlled by the hedge fund billionaire George Soros. Mr. Schwartz went on to serve as president and chief executive from 2003 to 2004.
In 2006, Mr. Schwartz formed an investment firm with a handful of investors, including Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat K. Gupta, two prominent figures who have since been ensnared in insider trading cases.
The firm was called Taj Capital and was later renamed New Silk Route.
The travails of both Mr. Rajaratnam and Mr. Gupta have riveted Wall Street for some time. Mr. Rajaratnam, a billionaire investor, once ran the Galleon Group, which became one of the world’s biggest hedge funds. Mr. Rajaratnam was convicted of insider trading last year and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Mr. Gupta, once a Goldman director, is charged with leaking information about the bank to Mr. Rajaratnam, including details about the firm’s 2008 financial crisis investment from billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett. Mr. Gupta is on trial in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Mr. Schwartz’s name came up in both trials, but only in the context of being among the founding partners of New Silk Route.
Mr. Schwartz’s connection to Mr. Rajaratnam and Mr. Gupta was short lived, and didn’t rank a mention on Monday in the firm’s announcement about his hiring. Mr. Schwartz left New Silk Route in 2006 to start another company, MissionPoint Capital Partners, a green energy investment firm that he also helped start.
Mr. Schwartz, through a Goldman spokesman, declined to comment.