ISDA declares Greek credit event, CDS payments triggered

NEW YORK Fri Mar 9, 2012 3:39pm EST

Greece's Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (L) talks with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos before a cabinet meeting at the parliament in Athens March 9, 2012. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

Greece's Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (L) talks with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos before a cabinet meeting at the parliament in Athens March 9, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Greece triggered the payment on default insurance contracts by using legislation that forces losses on all private creditors, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association said on Friday.

The decision by the EMEA Determinations Committee to declare a so-called credit event was unanimous, ISDA said in a statement.

Markets showed little reaction to the widely expected decision. The euro edged lower against the U.S. dollar while U.S. Treasury prices saw losses pared after the ISDA announcement.

The ISDA said the use of "collective action clauses (CACs) to amend the terms of Greek law governed bonds issued by The Hellenic Republic such that the right of all holders of the Affected Bonds to receive payments has been reduced."

The "credit event" ruling means a maximum of $3.16 billion of net outstanding Greek credit default swap contracts could be paid out, though the actual amount is likely to be lower because bondholders are not losing all of their original investment.

ISDA said the auction will be held to determining the actual payout amounts on March 19.

Greece said it would use the newly passed legislation that included the CACs to force private creditors into a bond swap.

This follows creditors' voluntary tendering of 85.8 percent of the 177 billion euros ($232.22 billion) in bonds regulated by Greek law. The use of CACs should boost participation to an estimated 95.7 percent.

($1=0.7622 Euro)

(Reporting By Daniel Bases; Additional reporting by William James in London; editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Gary Crosse)

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Comments (4)
Willvp wrote:
so this is good for say, ABN-Amro bank from Holland who had €80 million Euro outstanding in Greece and did not participate in the swap?

their insurer will have to pay out the difference then?

Mar 09, 2012 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
focus503 wrote:
International Swaps and Derivatives Association. For real? You mean the evil baskets that caused this entire fiasco? Y’all should be standing in line at the imatch skills terminals in the Employment offices, not making declarations.

You should be disbanded.

Mar 09, 2012 3:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
divinargant wrote:
A no brainer. Had to do it, reluctantly perhaps, or risk crashing the soverign debt market. No problemo tho. The ECB can digit it up, back channel Euros thru the Fed, and the Bernank can take care of the rest. No problem. All baked in.

Mar 09, 2012 3:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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