Greece Swap Deadline Looms

Holders of at least 60% of the debt have agreed to swap.

The Greek government’s deadline for the biggest sovereign restructuring in history approached with a majority of investors signaling their readiness to participate in the debt swap.

The euro and stocks gained before the offer’s close at 10 p.m. in Athens today as Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told his Cabinet ministers that Greece had made “an appropriate framework with significant incentives” for bondholders.

Hurdles Cleared

“Adding up the commitments to participate in the Greek PSI, it is now clear that the CAC hurdles will very likely be cleared,” Reiger said.

Banks, Insurers

Greece’s six largest banks, cumulatively the biggest private holders of the country’s debt, plan to accept the offer, the Finance Ministry said March 6. Greek pension funds with about 17 billion euros of bonds will also join, Venizelos said on Real FM Radio yesterday.

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