Would he go so far as to describe his fellow hedge fund manager's business tactics as hostage situation-esque? Yes, yes he would.
“Singer is holding poor countries as hostages,” Bass told the Buenos Aires Herald, referring to the recent debt default that occurred as a result of Singer’s legal victory to get full value on Argentine bonds he owns. That has ended up hurting hedgies like Bass, who is joining George Soros and other euro bondholders in a suit against their trustee, the Bank of New York Mellon in London, to try to get the money owed them. BoNY held onto $539 million after Manhattan federal Judge Thomas Griesa ordered the bank not to process quarterly interest payments to those bondholders, who accepted a discounted debt swap, unless Argentina also paid holdouts like Singer. Argentina has refused to pay the holdouts, saying that it can’t afford to do so.