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Citi tells Griesa its banking license in Argentina is at risk because of the 'holdouts case'

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 10:00 UTC
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Citi expects to receive about 5 dollars million from Argentina ahead of its next coupon payment deadline of Sept. 30. Citi expects to receive about 5 dollars million from Argentina ahead of its next coupon payment deadline of Sept. 30.
Paul Singer from Elliott Management is targeting assets of another close associate of the Kirchner family, Cristobal Lopez a gambling tycoon Paul Singer from Elliott Management is targeting assets of another close associate of the Kirchner family, Cristobal Lopez a gambling tycoon

Citigroup has told the US appeals court overseeing the dispute between Argentina and hedge funds refusing to accept terms of the country's debt restructuring that its Argentine banking license may be at risk as a result of the standoff.

 That is because under orders from US District Judge Thomas Griesa, Citibank Argentina is barred from distributing payments it will receive from Argentina to holders of a class of restructured bonds that are governed under Argentine law. Meanwhile, the Argentine government has demanded that the bank honor its obligations under local law.

Citi expects to receive about 5 dollars million from Argentina ahead of its next coupon payment deadline of Sept. 30.

Argentina, whose appeal to the US Supreme Court stalled in June when the high court refused to take the case, has flouted orders by Griesa that it may not pay creditors who agreed to the restructuring until it pays the hedge funds the full face value of the bonds they hold. In June it deposited a 539 million payment to those bondholders with its trustee, Bank of New York Mellon.

“It is increasingly apparent that the mandatory payment injunctions directed to the republic cannot be enforced,” Citigroup said in a court filing late Monday, adding that the Citibank injunction could lead to the loss of its banking license in Argentina and its takeover by the republic.

Argentina accounts for a small part of Citigroup's business. Its exposure to the country at the end of June from securities and from loans, including those to businesses and consumers, was only 2.7 billion compared with 1.9 trillion in total assets worldwide, according to Citigroup's most recently quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported on Tuesday that Paul Singer, head of Elliott Management, one of the main holdout creditors in the case, intends to widen his hunt for assets connected to Argentina's leaders.

Last week, Elliott won a ruling from a US magistrate in Nevada allowing him to push ahead with subpoenas to 123 companies based in the state that have ties to associates of the family of Argentine President Cristina Fernández.

The Post, citing an unnamed source “familiar with Singer's thinking,” said he intends to use the ruling to issue subpoenas to at least two companies controlled by business tycoon Cristobal Lopez.

One of the subpoena targets will be Centenary International, which the Post described as a shell company listed as a penny stock on the US over-the-counter market.

The paper said that Centenary, while it has no operations and reported a loss of about 1 million dollars last year, recently signed a 10-year lease for 4,000 square feet of office space near New York's Museum of Modern Art at a cost of 34,333 dollars a month.

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  • Brasileiro

    Argentina can not fight alone against the Westerners. South America has a duty to support the struggle of Argentina.

    Retaliatory measures against the Western countries of North America should be taken jointly by UNASUR.

    Aug 20th, 2014 - 10:41 am 0
  • Conqueror

    There you go Citigroup. Obey the judge and lose your argie banking licence. Obey the argies and get closed down.

    Incidentally, for the sake of the numpty @1, North America's assets far outweigh those of latin america. Best not to join in or the US might spit. Then you'd drown.

    Aug 20th, 2014 - 11:39 am 0
  • Anglotino

    “South America has a duty to support the struggle of Argentina”.

    Most South American countries can't stand the Argentinean government, especially at the moment.

    I don't see the better run and more intelligent governments of Peru and Colombia supporting Argentina's pathetic posturing. Chile might but I still think they are too pragmatic for even that.

    Seems it is up to Brazil to support Argentina. Which is why Brazil is suffering such a crap economy at the moment. Because it is stuck with Argentina.

    Aug 20th, 2014 - 01:09 pm 0
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