Partner Paper No. 5: The Looting of Puerto Rico’s Infrastructure Fund: Carlos M. Garcia’s destructive fiscal policies hurt Puerto Rico once, could it happen again?

16 May 2017
DOWNLOAD SPANISH VERSION HERE Executive Summary Carlos M. Garcia is profoundly conflicted as a former Santander[i] banking executive in his current role on the PROMESA control board, or the “Junta.” In the years preceding Governor Luis Fortuño’s election in 2008, Garcia built Santander Securities—the bank’s municipal bond business—while Jose Ramon Gonzalez, another Junta member, was at the head of the bank.[ii] With Fortuño’s election, Garcia was given vast powers over fiscal policy as President of the Government Development Bank (“GDB”), Chair of the local control board (a special board comprised of five cabinet-level officials with ministerial responsibility for Puerto Rico’s fiscal matters and restructuring powers conferred by the Puerto Rico Legislature), and head of Puerto Rico’s new Public Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA).[iii] A previous report, Pirates of the Caribbean, documented the role Garcia and Santander played in Puerto Rico’s public finance disaster and the virtual revolving door former bank executives had with the GDB from 2009 to 2012.... Read More

UPDATE #HedgePapers No. 26 – Puerto Rico: Pain and Profit

21 Mar 2017
UPDATE: After years of crisis and austerity that have resulted in a poverty rate of 45 percent, it’s hard to imagine that conditions could get much worse for the people of Puerto Rico. But if the island’s bondholders have their way, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Puerto Rico is facing a new round of draconian budget cuts that promise to intensify the hardships that the population is already facing.... Read More

#HedgePapers No. 20 – New York City’s Public Pension Vultures In Puerto Rico

21 Sep 2015
Hedge Funds Preying on Puerto Rico Manage Over $550 Million in NYCERS Funds Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents face frightening austerity measures in an economic crisis that is unfolding rapidly. Hedge funds have been buying up a large portion of the island’s debt, sometimes for pennies on the dollar. These hedge funds are betting on big profits if Puerto Rico is not permitted to declare bankruptcy or refinance its $72 billion debt and is forced to repay all creditors in full.... Read More
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#HedgePapers No. 17 – Hedge Fund Vultures In Puerto Rico

10 Jul 2015
HEDGE FUND Vultures IN PUERTO RICO They want huge profits – and they will push austerity to secure them Hedge funds and billionaire hedge fund managers have swooped into Puerto Rico during a fast-moving economic crisis to prey on the vulnerable island. Several groups of hedge funds and billionaire hedge fund managers have bought up large chunks of Puerto Rican debt at discounts, pushed the island to borrow more, and are driving towards devastating austerity measures.... Read More
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