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Asli  Orbay Asli Orbay Reporter, Arbitration and Litigation, Debtwire CEEMEA

Still reeling from the aftermath of the currency crisis in Summer 2018, Turkish corporates are poorly positioned to weather a fresh storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to market participants polled by Debtwire.

Newly issued Belarusian sovereign Eurobonds continue to trade with wide spreads on mounting investor concerns ahead of the 9 August presidential elections. A peaceful transition of power in the style of the 2018 Armenian ‘Velvet revolution’ is the most desirable but nearly impossible outcome for the country which has been under the strong grip of Aliaksandr Lukashenka for the last 26 years, agreed most of the experts polled by Debtwire.

Lebanon is in the eye of a perfect storm; including simultaneous political, financial, banking, and currency crises which could lead to a major economic and social disaster, as the eye progresses in its trajectory and the country risks becoming prey to the storm’s most destructive elements.

David Graves David Graves Associate Editor, Debtwire

Oleg Bakhmatyuk told Debtwire he believes the revival of an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of a UAH 1.2bn (USD 49.6m) stabilisation loan received by VAB Bank – a bank he previously owned that was liquidated in 2015 – is “purely politically motivated”.

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