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Talks between global banks and Argentine creditor hedge fund “collapsed”

Thursday, August 14th 2014 - 06:34 UTC
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Elliott Management hedge fund and JPMorgan, Citigroup, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank were in negotiations Elliott Management hedge fund and JPMorgan, Citigroup, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank were in negotiations

Talks between a group of global banks and at least one major hedge fund about buying a portion of the fund's exposure to Argentine debt have collapsed, a person familiar with the matter told sources in Buenos Aires, amid concerns that the Argentine government has dug in to its refusal to pay certain creditors what they are owed and may not relent for months to come.

 In recent weeks, representatives for NML Capital, a subsidiary unit of the 25 billion dollar hedge fund company Elliott Management, had negotiated with counterparts at JPMorgan, Citigroup, HSBC, and Deutsche Bank about the possibility of buying at least part of NML's position in Argentine government bonds.

Argentina entered a state of default on July 31 after refusing to pay what it owed to NML and certain other creditors, arguing that the group was made up of “vulture” investors whose demands for capital from the economically troubled country were unreasonable.

The idea behind the bank discussions with NML, people briefed on the matter have said, was that Argentina might look more kindly upon international banks like JPMorgan than it would have on a group of tough-talking hedge funds, and therefore might have been more likely to pay off at least part of the roughly 1.3 billion it owed those bondholders as of late July.

But that thinking changed when it appeared that the Argentine government's own aggressive stance seemed to be hardening. The signs included filing suit against the United States, where the disputed bonds are domiciled, in the International Court of Justice; sharply criticizing both federal judge Thomas Griesa and appointed mediator Daniel Pollack to broker a solution between the country and NML and some of its other investors; and purchasing a two-page ad in the Wall Street Journal exhorting some of its friendlier bondholders to take action to protect their investments.

In addition, one of the people familiar with the matter said that the purchase prices for the bonds envisioned by the banks and NML had at times been far apart – ranging from as little as 40 cents per dollar invested to closer to 80 cents per dollar.

Not surprisingly Argentina's tax revenue bureau officials on Wednesday carried out three simultaneous raids at HSBC offices in Buenos Aires as part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion and money laundering.

In a press release the AFIP tax bureau said that “officials will provide details of the operation taken place at 201 Florida street,” in the city of Buenos Aires.

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  • ChrisR

    Stand by for TDC to lose a great deal of property!


    Aug 14th, 2014 - 11:01 am 0
  • 313toBioBio

    ...Kiciloff Buquebus on (youtube) in 2012 says it well as Elisa Carrio interviews where she basically said the reserves are empty and YPF is their cash box...a year ago. This kabuki theater is ridiculous. The Kirchner Kiciloff team made sure that Argentina would arrive to this day emptied out and in crisis.

    What do you think? My trades Short TEO, own BZQ Now that they screwed up the finances...can we talk about the social catastrophe when the gigantic welfare state collapses? The Kirchners are how there can be extreme hunger and poverty in a world of plenty. Evil and hatred. The Evita voice is a mockery, the Evita Peso, her May 25th speech when she said her government washed the feet of its disciples like Jesus...She does have something in common with Kicillof, Singer, her dead husband, Foreign minister Timerman. Timerman complains about Israel when he was exiled there during the dictatorship that made CFK rich... The senile monster that talks about human rights while supporting Nicolas Maduro. Cristina is Argentina's Sara Silverman. The old institutions and church is the recipient of sarcastic jokes that not everyone picks up on.

    Aug 14th, 2014 - 02:09 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    Oh dear, Oh dear

    Aug 14th, 2014 - 03:23 pm 0
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