Paul Singer had an idea a while back: Let’s come up with a plan to destroy Argentina even more than we already have, have an elder stateswoman and a Spanish-speaking former U.S. Cabinet member transmit the threat, and watch Cristina Kirchner crawl to the negotiating table, $1.6 billion in tow. Well, things didn’t work out quite as planned: Instead of begging, President Kirchner got even more ornery than she already was. Long story short, Paul Singer has no need of Madeleine Albright anymore. Read more »
We don’t know if Paul Singer believes in karma or what-goes-around-comes-around or South American witchcraft. What we do know is that immediately after forcing Argentina into default, his hedge fund’s worst month in five years dawned.
Oh yea, by the way? Paul Singer’s worst month in five years was a 0.8% drawdown. So he’s probably not too worried. Read more »
Would he go so far as to describe his fellow hedge fund manager’s business tactics as hostage situation-esque? Yes, yes he would. Read more »
Maybe he smiles inside. There are signs now and then that he might enjoy a kind of humor. At this year’s World Cup, according to a colleague, as the Argentine national team made its glorious push and its country teetered toward default, Singer was there, in the stadium. He was wearing an Argentina jersey. [BusinessWeek]
Argentina is lacking in many things: Sufficient reserves to pay its bills, for one. International goodwill, for another. The patience of a certain very important federal judge. Goals in the World Cup.
But Argentina is also a very rich country: Rich in beef, in the fruit of the vine, in natural resources, and, perhaps above all, in unique recalcitrance vis-à-vis hedge funds it owes money. Well, in a last-ditch and almost certainly too-late bid to avert a default that it says is not a default, Argentina has parted with some of that precious recalcitrance, at last deigning to have its people chat with Paul Singer’s people about getting out of this mess with other peoples’ money and rights. Read more »
If Argentina doesn’t want to sit down with the Elliott Management founder and vulture-investor-in-chief, that’s OK. EMC Corp. can’t wait to hear from him about how its “federation strategy” is a total disaster than that it should sell its most successful business. Read more »
The uniquely recalcitrant debtor is happy—eager, even—to chat with Paul Singer and friends about resolving their little situation, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof says. Not eager enough for Kicillof to stick around for a couple of days to chat, but all the same.