Greece in last ditch scramble to avoid default

Thursday, March 8, 2012
By Paul Martin

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Greece is on the verge of completing the largest sovereign debt restructuring in history, but doubts remain over whether the stricken country can avoid a default.

By Louise Armitstead
08 Mar 2012

Athens officials last night estimated more than 85pc of private creditors had accepted the €206bn (£173bn) bond swap shortly after a deadline expired yesterday evening. That is enough for the deal to go through, but leaves the possibility the government might have to use its controversial Collective Action Clauses (CACs).

Ratings agencies have warned they will declare a default if Greece activates the CACs, which allow the government to impose the deal on the remaining bondholders. The CACs will be used if the take-up falls below the desired 95pc but above the required 66pc.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) is poised to convene again to decide if the deal amounts to a “credit event” that would trigger billions of euros of insurance.

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