BNY confirms still holding Argentina bond monies

Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:54am EDT

NEW YORK, July 31 (IFR) - Bank of New York Mellon (BNY) sent a formal letter Thursday to holders of Argentina's exchange bonds essentially confirming that the sovereign had defaulted.

The letter confirmed that BNY, acting as trustee, was still holding the funds that would have covered the payment due by July 30 in the wake of a US court order not to release the funds.

That order came from Judge Thomas Griesa, who ordered Argentina to pay holdout creditors in full when it made its next payment to holders of the exchange, or restructured, bonds.

"Pursuant to the court's earlier orders, the trustee continues to hold the funds," said the letter, which was seen by IFR.

"The funds are held pending any further court order. The nature and timing of any future court order regarding the funds are not yet known."

Argentina slipped into its second default since 2001 when the midnight Wednesday deadline to make the payment to the exchange holders passed without payment being made. (Reporting by Davide Scigliuzzo; Writing by Marc Carnegie; Editing by Natalie Harrison)

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