Puerto Rico in Distress

ABI Analysis

Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority and its creditors will keep negotiating through Sept. 9 to strike a potential deal to reduce $9 billion of debt, Bloomberg News reported. A mediation team that manages the debt talks said it needs more time beyond an Aug. 15 deadline for discussions, according to a court filing yesterday.

Former Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced was arrested Thursday and charged with participating in a bribery scheme to finance her 2020 gubernatorial campaign, the Justice Department said, the Wall Street Journal reported. Ms.

Fees and expenses related to the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt — exacerbated by natural disasters and the pandemic — are forecast to reach $1.6 billion by fiscal year 2026, cementing the island’s status as the most expensive municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Bloomberg News reported.

A coalition of community groups is asking the judge overseeing Puerto Rico’s historic bankruptcy to withhold additional payments to McKinsey & Co. for its work on the island’s debt restructuring, alleging the management-consulting firm has conflicts of interest that it has failed to fully disclose, Bloomberg News reported. In a letter sent this week to U.S.