It’s a shut-out: BTA Bank leaves investors fuming over restructuring

13 Jan 2012

Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank once again raised hackles in the investor community this week as it indicated that it wouldn’t make scheduled payments on its senior and subordinated bonds and called for a full debt restructuring. Many London-based funds that own BTA bonds and equity are now angry that they might be shut out of a key vote on the bank’s future.

Some investors told EuroWeek that they do not believe the bank’s estimates of its capital shortfall and would prefer to push for bankruptcy, but Kazakh law could exclude funds with affiliates in offshore jurisdictions — preventing many international investors from voting on BTA’s future.

BTA, which is 82% ...

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