2012-03-01businessweek.com

Default insurance on Greek debt won't be paid out, the International Swaps & Derivatives Association said after it was asked to rule whether part of the nation's $170 billion bailout was a credit event.

The group said the European Central Bank's exchange of Greek bonds for new securities exempt from losses being imposed on private investors hasn't triggered $3.25 billion of outstanding credit-default swaps. ISDA's determinations committee, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Pacific Investment Management Co., said the switch didn't constitute subordination, one of the criteria for a payout under a restructuring event.

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A swaps payout may still happen if Greece uses collective action clauses on private investors who refuse to take so-called haircuts on their debt holdings, according to ISDA's rules. Officials including former ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet have opposed triggering swaps because they're concerned traders would be encouraged to bet against failing nations and worsen Europe's debt crisis.


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