Hicks Creditors Block Debt Repayment Move

May 26 2010 | 10:08am ET

As expected, the Texas Rangers’ creditors, led by hedge fund Monarch Alternative Capital, don’t plan to make the baseball team’s bankruptcy proceedings smooth and easy.

The club filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, seeking to force its sale to a group of investors including team president and Hall-of-Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. A judge in Fort Worth, Texas, gave the team the green light to conduct normal business operations and pay its employees, but complaints from the creditors caused U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn to postpone further decisions until today.

The Rangers had hoped to pay $75 million to cover its debt to Hicks Sports Group, its parent company, which defaulted on $525 million in debt last year, as first reported by FINalternatives. The move would have allowed the $575 million sale to a group led by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg to go ahead.

“They chose to file for Chapter 11 protection to avail themselves [of the entire debt]… and show no intentions of conducting a fair, transparent market search,” Dennis Dunne, a lawyer representing its four biggest creditors, including Monarch, told the judge. Monarch and the other creditors have been critical of the Greenberg-Ryan bid, calling it the lowest of the three finalist bids.

“Nothing will happen before July 1,” the judge said. “I want to accommodate the Rangers, but I want to do this right as well.”


In Depth

High Time For A Cannabis Hedge Fund?

Sep 30 2014 | 7:07am ET

Launching a hedge fund is always a gamble, but Leslie Bocskor's decision to launch...

Lifestyle

Griffin Donates $1M To Rauner's Illinois Gov. Campaign

Sep 22 2014 | 9:29am ET

Hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin definitely has a dog in this fight. The Citadel...

Guest Contributor

Appraisal Ratio Key To Evaluating Hedge Funds And Other New Investments

Sep 29 2014 | 3:07pm ET

As a former finance professor Peter Hecht experiences heartburn every time he hears...

 

Videos

Editor's Note

    Must Attend Hedge Fund Charity Events For October

    Sep 30 2014 | 9:29am ET

    The crisp Autumnal days of October are upon us, and so are a few of the hedge fund industry’s favorite charitable events. If you have never been to Rocktoberfest, well, you are missing out. And for a quieter evening of sipping and socializing, stop by HFC’s Wine Soiree. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

September 2014 Cover

High frequency market making

High frequency trading is not evil, it is not a conspiracy and it really is not new; it is the natural evolution of the professional trading community making markets, providing liquidity and hopefully...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.