Friday, 27 November 2015
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Oct 17 2012 | 10:59am ET
Nathan Sandler, founder of the $2 billion Los Angeles-based hedge fund Ice Canyon, is challenging the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
Sandler, who wants the right to invest in defaulted Cuban sovereign debt, believes the play would not only be profitable, it would be in the best interests of the U.S.:
“Allowing U.S. investors to acquire Cuban debt insures U.S. interests will have a seat at the table, an inevitable part of the normalization process,” Sandler told CNBC.
The hedge fund manager has petitioned the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Controls, which enforces the embargo, for an exemption, arguing that buying and owning debt defaulted on for more than 30 years cannot be construed as funding the current Cuban government.
Moreover, he said in a letter to government regulators, amending the payment terms of Cuban debt issued in the 1970s requires the unanimous consent of debt holders, so once a U.S. investor owned it, the OFAC would would have the legal ability to block any debt forgiveness, should it choose to.
Sandler's petition to the OFAC was rejected but he has appealed the decision.
Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET
One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…