Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top hedge funds bet on Greek banks

Financial Times
May 12, 2013

Some of the world’s leading hedge funds are pouring money into the Greek banking sector in expectation of huge potential returns, even as the country struggles to right its economy in the face of deep government spending cuts.

Farallon Capital, York Capital Management, QVT Financial and Dromeus are among hedge funds that are set to participate in the recapitalisation of the country’s banks.

The hedge funds are among the largest institutions involved in a €550m share issue from Alpha Bank, Greece’s second-largest lender, set for completion in mid June, said people familiar with the plans.

Others understood to be looking at bank investments include Third Point, which last year made $500m by snapping up cheap Greek government bonds and CQS, Europe’s largest credit hedge fund.

Farallon, York, CQS and Third Point declined to comment. QVT did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Some hedge fund managers believe a wager on the country’s banks could prove even more lucrative than other bets on the recovery of Greek markets.


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