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Distressed Download - July 2015

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District...more

Grexit Deferred: The End of the Beginning for Greece?

For want of a baker, a job was lost. For want of a job, the economy was lost. For want of an economy, the banking system collapsed. For want of a banking system – well, ultimately Grexit....more

Grexit Deferred: The End of the Beginning for Greece?

For want of a baker, a job was lost. For want of a job, the economy was lost. For want of an economy, the banking system collapsed. For want of a banking system – well, ultimately Grexit....more

Grexit: Grief or Gift?

On July 5, the Greeks voted emphatically against their creditors’ proposals. Earlier that week, the IMF released a report in which it recommended a comprehensive recover plan that included a debt relief or a debt moratorium...more

Eurozone Crisis Update: Deadline looms for Greek debt proposals

The Greek government has until midnight, Brussels time, on Thursday 9 July 2015 to submit its new debt proposals to its international creditors. Eurozone leaders were disappointed on 7 July when no substantive...more

EU Court of Justice finds OMT programme for purchase of government bonds not contrary to EU Treaties

In a judgment handed down on 16 June 2015, in the first ever preliminary reference made from Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), in Peter Gauweiler and Others v Deutscher Bundestag (Case...more

US trends affecting the European leveraged loan market

The buoyant leveraged finance market in Europe has been continuing to develop in sophistication and depth this year, particularly as regards sponsor friendly terms, as global sponsors and their advisers apply their...more

US trends affecting the European leveraged loan market

The buoyant leveraged finance market in Europe has been continuing to develop in sophistication and depth this year, particularly as regards sponsor friendly terms, as global sponsors and their advisers apply their...more

Austerity's Achilles' heel - The economic landscape looks fairly stark across the eurozone, as public budgets remain stubbornly...

For the past five years, members of the European monetary union have been swinging the axe at public budgets to rebalance their books. Europe’s age of austerity has been grueling and, for some, there is no end in...more

Bank Resolution in Greece

The result of Sunday’s (5 July 2015) referendum which rejected the latest proposed bailout by the European authorities was unequivocal. The next steps in this crisis are far less clear, ranging from a swift renegotiation of...more

Eurozone Crisis: Possible Outcomes

There is no precedent for a country leaving the Euro, and speculation continues as to how the crisis will unfold, and what the consequences would be of an exit of a member. There is uncertainty around various scenarios, not...more

A Short Guide to the Implications for the Imposition of Capital Controls in Greece

Following the recent event over the weekend (27/28 June 2015), we set out below a short guide on the current status in Greece. Background - Months of negotiations on a deal to restructure Greece’s debts appear...more

European Court Sides with the United Kingdom on Euro Clearing

On March 4, Europe’s second-highest court ruled in favor of the United Kingdom in a long-running dispute with the European Central Bank (ECB) regarding the latter’s right to mandate that central counterparties (CCPs) clearing...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #2

FCA Sanctions Bank of Beirut, Former Compliance Officer and Former Internal Auditor for Providing Misleading Information Regarding AML Systems and Controls Remediation - The Bank of Beirut was fined GBP 2.1 million...more

ECB Launches Landmark €1.1 Trillion Quantitative Easing Program

The ECB announced on Thursday that it would start its purchase of sovereign bonds on March 9 to support an accelerating economic recovery in the Eurozone, and would continue to do so until there was a “sustained adjustment in...more

ECB Publishes Eurosystem Oversight Report

On February 27, 2015, the European Central Bank (“ECB“) published its 2014 Eurosystem oversight report, the third such report, reviewing the oversight that the Eurosystem has performed in the period from 2011 to mid-2014. The...more

European M+A News, Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Transactions Involving Digital Media in Europe: Know the Source - New Framework on Market Abuse in the European Union - Current Developments ..“Made in Germany” Attracts Foreign...more

New EU Law Authority For ECB Intervention In The EU Government Bond Markets Strengthens European Financial Markets

The ECB Governing Council will meet on 22 January and is expected to discuss implementing a quantitative easing (QE) policy which would result in national central banks buying Euro denominated government bonds from their own...more

Eurozone Member States Reach Preliminary Agreement on ESM Direct Recapitalization Instrument

On June 10, a statement by the President of the Eurogroup was published announcing that the Eurozone has reached a political understanding on the operational framework of a direct recapitalization instrument (DRI) for the...more

Signature of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Single Resolution Fund

On May 21, the Council of the EU published the agreement on the transfer and mutualisation of contributions to the single resolution fund (SRF) (also referred to as the intergovernmental agreement (IGA))....more

EU Banks –Dog Bites Man, Again

The Financial Times reported on April 2 that the Eurozone Banks continue to load up on sovereign debt; generally, the debt of their respective host countries. A few days later, the Financial Times reported a bevy of talking...more

"Restructuring ELA Liabilities: Lessons From Ireland"

The Irish banking crisis has provided some insights into the use by EU member states of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), which supports financial institutions or markets that are experiencing an exceptional and temporary...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 22, 2013

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry - On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3...more

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry

On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3 regulators of the European Economic Area as part of a long-term strategy to...more

Black Swans in Camo: Continued Concern about the European Community

I have written periodically in this Blog about my persistent concerns about the European economy and its capacity to negatively impact ours. I get wound up, then I get swayed by the majority views of the chattering class who...more

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