By Ben Miller
Argentina sovereign debt: A question of justice
The specter of default once again hangs over Argentina. While the implications could prove far-reaching for sovereign debt restructurings, hopes are high for an orderly resolution
Click. Click. Click. At some point on December 15, $3.3
billion in coupon payments to holders of
Argentina’s 2017 restructured bonds made it
through the clearing mechanisms at the Bank of New York and,
via other intermediaries, into bondholders’
That’s what they ordinarily do. But just weeks
earlier, it was anything but certain that these payments would
A decision in October by a New York district court had
thrown into doubt the future of payments to bondholders in 2005
and 2010 exchange offers. Argentina was ordered to pay $1.3
billion immediately to holdout creditors remaining from its $81
billion 2001 default – even if that meant seizing
payments in US clearing mechanisms.
After the initial order and subsequent clarification at the
request of an appeals court, Argentina was left with just three
weeks to find a solution – a prospect that...
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