Puerto Rico Turns to Mediation for Assistance in Solving its Financial Crisis

By Donald L. Swanson “Puerto Rico’s federally appointed financial oversight board scheduled mediation in debt restructuring talks between the U.S. Territory’s general obligation bondholders and holders [of other debts] backed by sales tax revenue.” The mediation “will run from April 10-13 in New York.” --Reuters.com, March 31, 2017, at 11:09 a.m. An hour later, March... 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 →

Argentina: What Can We Learn From a Mediation That Achieves $8 Billion in Cash Settlements From a Distressed Debtor?

By: Donald L. Swanson The distressed debtor is the Republic of Argentina. Ok .. . so not everyone gets to handle a case of this magnitude. But, as for $8 billion in cash settlement payments and $100 billion in total defaults . . . it's merely a matter of locating the decimal point in a... Continue Reading →

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