Tuesday, 5 May 2015
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Jun 24 2011 | 11:49am ET
Hedge fund Aurelius Capital Management has turned its back on a deal it helped devise to settle Washington Mutual’s reorganization.
Aurelius now says the deal unfairly benefits JPMorgan Chase & Co., which bought WaMu’s banking operations.
In a court filing on Wednesday, reports Reuters, Aurelieus argued the delay in implementing the deal has drained money from creditors and suggested JPMorgan contribute more to the settlement.
Aurelius, along with three other hedge funds— Appaloosa Management, Centerbridge Capital Partners and Owl Creek Asset Management—crafted the so-called "global settlement" last year to end legal battles between WaMu, JPMorgan and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. For their efforts in ending lawsuits, the four were to share about $10 billion of disputed assets.
Those disputed assets include $4 billion that was on deposit with WaMu’s former bank, which JPMorgan bought from the FDIC in 2008. WaMu filed for bankruptcy the day after the sale. Aurelius argues JPMorgan could have earned over $400 million on those deposits since the start of the bankruptcy, while paying only $20 million (0.2% annually) in interest.
"At this time, the Amended Global Settlement Agreement should not be approved as fair unless (JPMorgan) provides additional value to the debtors to compensate for the substantial delays," Aurelius said in a filing with Delaware's bankruptcy court.
Reuters says an attorney for WaMu expressed surprised at the filing, in light of the court’s approval of the global settlement.
Mar 20 2015 | 12:45pm ET
StreetWise Partners, a non-profit organization that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, raised over $275,000 at the 2015 Raising the Ante Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Event last Wednesday evening at Capitale. Here are some photos from the event. Read more…