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Avoiding the Next Big Bailout


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Avoiding the Next Big Bailout

FDIC Would Seize Parent, Allow Units to Operate While Mess Is Cleaned Up

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304543904577394362191974098.html

 

As part of that effort, acting FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg will outline the agency's strategy in a speech in Chicago Thursday, his first public remarks on the dismantlement plans for banks. In recent weeks, FDIC officials discussed the plans with The Wall Street Journal. If several federal agencies and the Treasury Department agree to seize a firm, the FDIC will unwind the parent bank holding company of the faltering firm, placing it in receivership and revoking its charter. The firm's subsidiaries around the world would continue to operate, supported with liquidity the FDIC-held parent company can borrow from the government under the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul.

 

Next, the FDIC would transfer most of the firm's assets and some of its liabilities into what's known as a "bridge company," according to FDIC officials. There, regulators would oversee a debt-for-equity swap akin to what occurs under a Chapter 11 restructuring: Equity holders would be wiped out, but creditors would get equity in exchange for the claims they held. The company eventually would emerge from the process as a new, recapitalized private entity.

 

 

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