Debt-for-equity swap


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Debt-for-equity swap

A swap agreement to exchange equity/returns for debt returns or the converse over a prearranged length of time.

Debt/Equity Swap

A situation in which a debtor (which is a company) replaces the debt held by one or more creditors with a percentage of ownership in the company. A debt-equity swap often occurs if the company would otherwise be unable to repay the creditor(s) anything without going bankrupt. However, the swap may be a result of change from a debt-based to an equity-based capital structure. In either case, these swaps are often considered part of a company's attempt to restructure itself. Some debt agreements restrict the debtor's ability to force a debt-for-equity swap.
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In the first deal, Akin Gump advised investment firm SVP Global in a debt-for-equity swap by Cory Environmental.
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Should the court agree to IVG's request, the company plans to exit insolvency proceedings early next year via a debt-for-equity swap.
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It came close to collapse two years later before being rescued by its main lender HSBC in a controversial debt-for-equity swap that saw it taken off the stock market.
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The government said it has approved the ownership transfer of Kerzner International's Atlantis Resort and the One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island to Brookfield Asset Management in a $175 million debt-for-equity swap, reports The Nassau Guardian (April 28, 2012):
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The company is looking at a form of debt-for-equity swap that would considerably cut its borrowings while giving creditors an ownership stake in the company or its assets, sources familiar with the situation said.
As a matter of priority, the board is working with bankers to identify ways to reduce the group's debt which may include a debt-for-equity swap.
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