Examining Puerto Rico Recovery Act and Issues Surrounding the Prepa Case - Episode 151
ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano talks with Sonia Colòn and Javier Vilariño Santiago of Ferraiuoli LLC in Puerto Rico about the financial distress facing the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa). Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. territory does not permit Prepa to file for chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy or for chapter 11 relief. The Puerto Rican legislature in June passed the Public Corporate Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act as a way to restructure municipal debt outside of federal bankruptcy court. Bond funds of Prepa filed a lawsuit in July against the new law claiming that it is unconstitutional. Looking for a possible remedy on Capitol Hill, Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (D.-P.R.) on July 31 introduced H.R. 5305 to treat Puerto Rico as a state to allow a chapter 9 filing for the adjustment of municipal debt. Colòn and Vilariño Santiago discuss Puerto Rico's new law, the case filed against it and prospects for passage of H.R. 5305.