Elliott Takes On Vietnam

Dec 13 2011 | 2:23am ET

Add Vietnam to the list of countries on Elliott Associates' legal hitlist.

The New York-based hedge fund filed suit against the Southeast Asian country's state-owned shipbuilder, Vinashin, over that company's default one year ago on a US$600 million syndicated loan. Elliott, which sued Vinashin in the U.K. last month, has not shied away from suing national governments or state-owned companies, having tussled with Argentina, the Republic of Congo and Peru.

In its latest sovereign fight, Elliott is seeking full value, where Vinashin is offering about 35 cents on the dollar. Last year, Vinashin's CEO and other top managers were arrested, accused of mishandling its finances.

Elliott calculates its investment and interest at $13.2 million.

According to the hedge fund, the Vietnamese government backed the Vinashin debt, a guarantee that led Standard & Poor's to rate the loan on a level with Vietnam's sovereign debt. But Vietnam has since said that the shipbuilder's debts are not its responsibility.

Since 2000, Elliott won a legal battle against the Peruvian government and a settlement with the Republic of Congo. It is still battling Argentina over that country's 2002 default.


In Depth

Q&A: Quad Advisors’ Borish Is Looking For Real Traders, Not Index Huggers

Aug 20 2014 | 1:43pm ET

Peter Borish, who served as founding partner and director of research at Tudor Investment...

Lifestyle

Nicky Hilton To Wed James Rothschild

Aug 20 2014 | 5:23am ET

When it comes to husband-material, socialite Nicky Hilton is sticking with finance...

Guest Contributor

Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures?

Aug 22 2014 | 12:52pm ET

The last five years were phenomenal for investors in equity indices. Will the next...

 

Editor's Note

 

Futures Magazine

PREVIEW July/August 2014 Cover

Inside Futures' 500th Issue

The July/August 2014 issue is our largest in years—filled with the best trading strategies and stories from 43 years of being the primary publication for commodity, stock, options and forex traders.

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

Real talk on alternative investments, business & finance

The Alpha Pages Editor's Note