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Puerto Rico and its Control Board

In the FT, Eric Platt offers an update on the debt situation in Puerto Rico:

  • The U.S. territory carries a USD 70 billion debt burden.
  • It has defaulted multiple times over the past year, “including on bonds backed with a constitutional guarantee.”
  • It did not have access to a court-backed restructuring process until Congress recently passed and President Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa).
  • A seven-person control board controls the island’s finances and will oversee negotiations with creditors.
  • Puerto Rico has two weeks to submit a turnaround plan to the board.