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Sovereign Litigation in Latin America: Top Five Issues To Think of When Doing Business With a Latin American Country

“We are in the soup” exclaimed, federal judge Thomas Griesa, referring to Argentina allegedly defaulting on its sovereign bonds. And so we are. According to bondholders, on July 30 of 2014, Argentina defaulted on its...more

Make 'Em Pay! Sovereign Nation Or Not

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act doesn't forbid or limit post-judgment discovery in aid of execution. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with a judgment creditor...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

Which way forward for the sovereign debt crisis? Six thought leaders in sovereign debt restructuring share their observations of...

A crisis far beyond anything experienced in recent memory - The way in which regulators, investors, banks and governments respond to the current sovereign debt challenges will echo for many years. Decisions made today...more

The Volcker Rule: Impact of the Final Rule on Foreign Banking Organizations

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, SEC, and CFTC (the “Agencies”) issued the long-awaited final rule (“Final Rule”) construing the Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule generally prohibits banking entities — a...more

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry...more

The Volcker Rule: A First Look at Key Changes

On December 10, 2013, five U.S. financial regulators (the Agencies) adopted a final rule implementing the Volcker Rule. The text of the final rule and its accompanying preamble are available here. The Volcker Rule was created...more

Some Thoughts on Puerto Rico and Other Distressed Issuers

Fact One: There are 3.7 million Puerto Ricans, 45% of whom live in poverty. Fact Two: According to its April 3, 2012 Official Statement, Puerto Rico has $68 billion of debt. Fact Three seems obvious: it is going to be...more

European Sovereign Debt and the Clogging of the Banking System

Jens Weidmann, president of Deutsche Bundesbank, recently wrote a terrific piece in the Financial Times, making the point that the Faustian bargain between European sovereigns, their national banks, the ECB and EU...more

OCC Issues Clarification of the Treatment of Certain Sovereign and Securitization Positions

On May 10, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Bulletin OCC 2013-13, which is intended to clarify the treatment of sovereign and securitization provisions under the Market Risk Capital Rule...more

Don’t Cry For Me Argentine Bondholders: Plaintiffs Reject Argentina’s Proposal

The plaintiffs have squarely rejected the proposal that Argentina made in its March 29 reply to the Second Circuit’s March 1 inquiry as to how Argentina planned to “make current” the “original bonds” held by the plaintiffs....more

The fate of Argentina's debt restructuring is getting closer

In what the Financial Times has called “the sovereign debt restructuring case of the century,” Argentina has timely submitted its proposal as requested by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, with which it is...more

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