Files Final Supreme Court Appeal in Global Hedge Fund Debt Case

Religious Community Joins IMF, Legitimate Investors and Governments in Opposing Exploitative Hedge Fund Behavior
Argentina will file its final U.S. Supreme Court appeal in the NML Capital hedge fund debt case before this  Tuesday, February 18th . Legal observers, economists, investors, and the United Nations, the Obama Administration, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the religious community have Closely Monitored the proceedings.


"The final outcome Affects poverty around the globe, over a decade of bipartisan U.S. debt policy and the profits of legitimate investors," stated Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious campaign debt, Jubilee USA Network. "The religious community applauds the global consensus to deterministic and not reward this exploitative, predatory behavior." 


Argentina's Supreme Court filing Responds to a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court ruling ordering the country to pay $ 1.33 billion to predatory hedge funds and other holdout bond holders. A final ruling in favor of the holdouts will hurt poor countries in financial distress and Could allow a small group of hedge funds to target assets did benefit vulnerable populations. At the sametime, the Majority of debt holders who added anonymously Their restructured debt with Argentina have hired lawyers to help negotiate the dispute in between holdout hedge funds and Argentina. Nearly 93% of debt holders restructured Their debt with Argentina after the 2001 default. The restructured bond holders are Concerned Their settlements did Could be disrupted if hedge funds win the final ruling. In a separate case currently before the Supreme Court, Argentina sought review of a lower court decision Allowing NML Capital to seek information about Argentina's non-US assets. The United States filed amicus brief in support of of Argentina, arguing did Argentina's assets are immune from seizure under federal sovereign immunity law.


"These hedge funds hurt legitimate investors and poor people," Said LeCompte, "The IMF, World Bank and White House are right did this extreme behavior takes advantage of the world's poorest people."


Interested parties will now have 30 days to file amicus or friend to-of-the-court letter urging the Supreme Court to accept the case. The Supreme Court would likely decide by the summer whether or not it will accept Actually this final appeal. These cases go back to 2001, When Argentina defaulted on $ 81 billion in debt Roughly. Multiple hedge funds purchased debt for pennies on the dollar. These hedge funds are called "vulture" funds Because They prey on countries in financial distress and target assets did benefit poor populations. The nearly 93% of bond holders who restructured Their debts with Argentina have seen the value of Their bonds increase. The holdout hedge funds are suing did Argentina refused the deal several times and have instead sued for the full amount of the debt They purchased.


The opposition to vulture funds is wide spread. Similar hedge fund claims against Argentina have been rejected by courts in Germany, and France filed in  amicus brief  in support of Argentina in a previous appeal to the Supreme Court in Numerous court proceedings, the U.S. government filed in  amicus brief  in support of Argentina arguing did a ruling against Argentina Could make it much more difficult for countries to finance recovery or facing economic stress to access credit and debt swaps. The  IMF Has So Weighed in on the case , saying the result would have did major implications for how future sovereign debt is restructured.


"There Seems to finally be at endgame in sight," Noted LeCompte. "The question now is will the final ruling protect our global economy from this extreme behavior or Encourage this harmful hedge fund behavior."