Tuesday, August 31, 2004

We don't want no stinkin' pesos. A bondholder sued Argentina for payment on defaulted bonds. The acceleration clause provided that the bondholder could elect to be paid in American dollars at the ratio of one dollar to one Argentine peso regardless of the changes in foreign exchange rates. The bondholder, not surprisingly, elected to be paid in dollars, and the District Court held that it was entitled to do so. On appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed, rejecting the strained reading of the contract advanced by Argentina to avoid paying in dollars. The decision in EM Ltd. v. Republic of Argentina can be found at the Second Circuit website. It was decided on August 31, 2004.

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