Restructuring

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

A new type of court restructuring proceeding has been introduced in Poland as part of the COVID-19 crisis legislation: simplified restructuring proceedings available until June 2021, allowing the debtor to individually initiate the proceedings, said Karol Czepukojc and Pawel Dlugoborski, two counsels co-heading Baker McKenzie’s restructuring and insolvency practice in Poland.

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

The USD 500m debt of Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO), a Turkey-based ferry company, will be divided into two as a sustainable and unsustainable loan, which will be reinstated separately on the OpCo and MidCo levels, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

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.

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”.

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

The Kingdom  of Bahrain enacted a new bankruptcy law in December 2018, sweeping away its previous legislation and replacing it with a thoroughly modern toolkit. The law is a revolutionary improvement compared to what existed before, said lawyers polled by Debtwire.

With few signs that a financial fix for Turkey’s debt-laden energy sector – proposed by the government earlier this year – is any closer to materialising, concern is mounting that not enough is being done to achieve an urgently needed operational turnaround in the industry, several market participants told Debtwire.

Laura  Gardner Cuesta Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

Mozambique continues at the heart of a dramatic debt scandal which has left investors in wait-and-see mode, according to five market participants polled by Debtwire. The government's USD 727m 10.5% 2023 bonds have scarcely traded since January despite many enquiries, said a trader.

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