24 Feb '12, 11am

Greece to launch bond swap to slash private debt: ATHENS: Greece will launch a bond swap on Friday under a deal

Greece to launch bond swap to slash private debt: ATHENS: Greece will launch a bond swap on Friday under a deal

ATHENS: Greece will launch a bond swap on Friday under a deal with private investors to write off 107 billion euros from its debt mountain of 350 billion euros (US$462 billion). The bond swap, in effect a cancellation of nearly a third of debt owned by Greece, is a critical part of a debt rescue stitched together with immense difficulty by the eurozone and International Monetary Fund, to avert imminent default. It is a second overall rescue for Greece, but the bond component, now at the last hour of the timetable for application, depends on the rate of participation by private investors. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said an official offer to private creditors must be made by Friday so the debt swap can be concluded by March 12 on a first set of bonds. Bankers, insurance companies and hedge funds which hold Greek government bonds were to get precise proposals on the...

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