How U.S. Tax Policies are Responsible for Puerto Rico’s Financial Crisis

By Donald L. Swanson Puerto Rico is dealing with the storms of financial disaster and a hurricane’s aftermath. Here is a false narrative about the financial storm: Forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt “would only free Puerto Rico’s politicians from having to address the policies that were suffocating its economy to begin with.” --Wall Street Journal Op. Ed.,... Continue Reading →

Puerto Rico: Nonpartisan Bankruptcy Issues and Hurricane Maria’s Silver Lining

By Donald L. Swanson Imagine this: opposing political partisans singing Kumbayah together over bankruptcy issues and laws! It could happen. It’s because of this rule of thumb: --There is no political constituency for bankruptcy issues – such issues are nonpartisan and apolitical. Put another way, neither conservatives nor liberals nor moderates (nor any other political partisan)... Continue Reading →

Puerto Rico is a “State” under U.S. Bankruptcy Law: Foreshadowing Bankruptcy-Type Relief for Other “States”?

By Donald L. Swanson "We must decide whether Puerto Rico is a “State” for purposes of this [bankruptcy] pre-emption provision. We hold that it is." --Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax-Free Trust, U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 15-233 (Decided June 13, 2016). The Bankruptcy Code definition of "State" is contained in Sec. 101(52) and... Continue Reading →

What’s With Puerto Rico and Its Relationship to the USA?

By Donald L. Swanson Have you ever wondered about the nature and history of Puerto Rico's relationship with the United States of America? After all, it’s located 1,600 miles beyond Miami and is separated from the U.S. mainland by the likes of Cuba, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti and Dominican Republic. So . .... Continue Reading →

Mediation “Dream Team” Appointed in Puerto Rico — But With a “Voluntary” Limitation and Impediment

By Donald L. Swanson On May 21, 2017, the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico files its “Petition” initiating a proceeding under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. This proceeding is described as a pseudo-bankruptcy and is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico (Case... Continue Reading →

How Argentina’s Debt Resolution Process is a Model for Addressing Puerto Rico’s Debt Issues

By Donald L. Swanson  Let’s start by acknowledging that Argentina’s road from a $100 billion debt default in 2002 to a final mediated resolution in 2016 has been long and complex and difficult.  The road began during an economic crisis, reached partial resolutions in 2005 and 2010, and achieved a final mediated-resolution in 2016. During... Continue Reading →

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