The First Department determined a dispute involving Goldman Sachs Singapore (GSS) was properly dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds:
The action was properly dismissed on forum non conveniens grounds, given the unduly burdensome inquiry involved in determining personal jurisdiction in these circumstances and the balance of the forum non conveniens considerations … . The decision whether the court had jurisdiction over GSS because GSS was a mere department of New-York-based Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GSG) would involve an “arduous inquiry”… into whether GSG controlled GSS’s finances, interfered with the selection and assignment of executive personnel, and failed to observe corporate formalities, and whether defendant Tim Leissner had sufficient contacts with New York.
Plaintiff’s causes of action for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty lack a substantial nexus with New York … . Furthermore, plaintiff is a Cayman Islands partnership, not a New York resident … . Finally, Malaysia has a greater interest than New York in whether one Malaysian bank (nonparty Hong Leong Bank) corruptly took over another Malaysian bank (EON) … . Primus Pac. Partners 1, LP v Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 06052, First Dept 8-6-19