The Greek PSI Lawsuits Begin

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You didn't think investors would voluntarily give up on the potential to generate returns between 50% and 333% now did you following the 'coercively voluntary' (aka Schrodinger Spanish Inquisition) Greek debt exchange? Because here they come. Reuters reports that a Hamburg law firm representing 110 Greek bond holders have formed a class action group and intend to sue banks and the Greek state following the Greek swap. It is unclear yet if there are any hedge funds participating in the group, or if these are the entities represented by Bingham. Most likely not: those will almost certainly seek non-class action status so as not to dilute the legal effort, if not fees. However, now that the precedent is set, look for the onslaught of lawsuits to start in earnest. What is probably quite important is that European taxpayers will now be delighted to know they are paying the Troika lawyers' $1000/hour legal fees (and uncapped expenses).

From Reuters:

Lawyers in Germany representing 110 Greek bond holders said on Monday they have formed a class action group and intend to sue banks and the Greek state following last week's Greek bond swap, which slashed more than 100 billion euros from Athens' debt.


The Hamburg legal firm said most of the investors had spent 100,000-500,000 euros on Greek paper, although the highest investment reached 3 million euros.


It did not name any of the banks it might targett.


The suit, likely to be filed in Washington, will claim banks failed to properly advise clients about the risks of Greek paper and seek compensation.


Separately, lawyers will argue that Greece, in orchestrating a debt swap, infringed against a German-Greek investment treaty intended to protect German investors from political risk.


Lawyer Matthias Groepper of legal firm Groepper Koepke said those who had agreed to the terms of the debt swap would be unable to claim compensation.


This would prevent any suit derailing the overall deal.

And here is the official google translated statement from the law firm:

The State shall be liable - Investors are preparing lawsuits lawyers. Groepper KÖPKE has established an interest group for victims. More by lawyer Matthias Gröpper.


Hamburg / Athens, 03.12.2012. The Hamburg-based investors Groepper KÖPKE lawyers lawyers have formed a protective association for buyers of Greek bonds and represent the demands of more than 110 Greek bond offerings. The investor advocates are preparing the first compensation lawsuits against banks and the state of Greece.


Have cut the debt are private investors who bought Greek government bonds, particularly affected. You lose the current state of affairs up to 90% of their investment.


This must not be. On the banking and capital markets specialist national institute of investor protection firm Groepper KÖPKE lawyers has formed a protective association, representing Greece-bond claimant. Attorney Matthew Gröpper: "The victims have been discussed frequently wrong. If you did not tell the bank that they can lose their entire effort, she is liable. "The banks should have known at least since the Argentine collapse that government bonds are not sure.


In addition, should adhere Greece. The Greek government intends to investors who have not expressly agreed to the debt, effectively expropriating the retroactive adoption of CACs. Gröpper lawyer: "This is illegal. Between Germany and Greece, is an investment protection agreement. The contract protects the German investors to invest in Greece to political risks. Greece, the investor in case of   Expropriation compensation. And that we believe would be a case of expropriation. "


The claims must be made ??in most cases in London, Washington or in Athens. Groepper KÖPKE lawyers is working with American, British and Greek lawyers.


Greece is broke, I get no money either way. Gröpper lawyer: "This is not true. The state has significant assets outside its territory. Just think of the messages. These are valuable properties. In a lawsuit against Argentina, an Argentine warship was seized. This brings millions. This could be related to the settlement of compensation claims against Greece also be conceivable. "


Groepper KÖPKE advises lawyers: injured investors should have their claims by the banking and capital markets law specialized lawyer. Many victims can claim damages. 


Contact Person: Mr. Matthias Gröpper lawyer, the lawyer Ms. Catia Sofia Neves Sequeira

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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:05 | 2247631 YesWeKahn
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The market isn't worried.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:16 | 2247675 Ahmeexnal
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Irish PM about to "voluntarily resign", as the dreaded R word surfaces again:

Irish government announced that Ireland would be holding a referendum on the European Union’s Fiscal Compact Treaty before the end of the year.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:35 | 2247727 whatsinaname
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The English law bonds are yet to be tendered in right ? These only reprsent the Greek law bonds that have been tendered in.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:03 | 2247807 Xkwisetly Paneful
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No! much better to be paying some ridiculous amount of greeks doing nothing and then blame the evil banksters. 

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:05 | 2247813 Sudden Debt
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R word?









Mon, 03/12/2012 - 15:00 | 2248035 walküre
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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:27 | 2248603 Death and Gravity
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Rectal Rupture.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 22:44 | 2249411 PersonalRespons...
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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:33 | 2247928 Kaiser Sousa
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Let's c if the Irish people man up and do like that famous you tube Irishman said they shoulda done long ago....
Tell the EU and the bankers to fuck off!!!!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:51 | 2247684 redpill
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Peanuts for the banks, who will just borrow the money for free from the Fed anyway.


BUT, undoubtedly some of the advisory statements from the investment banks entered into evidence by the plaintiffs should be good for some lulz.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:26 | 2247703 CrashisOptimistic
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There is no market.  Ignore it.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:44 | 2247764 espirit
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"Troika lawyers' $1000/hour legal fees (and uncapped expenses)."

Sugar Daddy is a lawyer?


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:49 | 2248437 smlbizman
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i am sure the courts will treat them fairly.....maybe that fat fucking greek fin.minister is the in greek acres with mr. haney....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:31 | 2247718 battle axe
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You had to know that there was going to be lawsuits, no way in hell it goes anywhere....


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:47 | 2247773 stocktivity
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Rally on....It's all Bullshit!!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:58 | 2247796 NobleSavage
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Nothing new...sissy cry babies are an everyday occurence in markets.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:18 | 2247868 Jake88
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And then suddenly one day all the blindly optimistic become instant sissy cry babies overnight.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:25 | 2247890 earleflorida
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small claims court

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:00 | 2249012 Buck Johnson
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This is getting insane I tell you, insane.  Once this whole mess finally comes into the open and they find out that alot of this debt wasn't accounted for things will come to ahead real soon.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:09 | 2247635 GeneMarchbanks
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'However, now that the precedent is set, look for the onslaught of lawsuits to start in earnest.'

Yep, that usually follows. This is going to be epic, all of Europe will be a courtroom and nobody will know what the fuck is happening, just nightmarish, Kafkaesque bureaucracy proceedings and an unbelievable mountain of bullshit coming to surface.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:06 | 2247816 redpill
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Create chaos, obscure blame, convince the peasantry that "we're all in the same boat," etc.  Whatever it takes for them to eventually foot the bill in the end just to "make the uncertainty stop."  It should be quite the performance by the oligarchy.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:29 | 2247895 Dermasolarapate...
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"No one saw this coming...."......(bankers before Congress)

"I have no idea where the money went...." (Corzine)

"I acted on teh advice of my accuntants...I am only a clueless CEO...." (Enron)


Standard defenses.....oddly, if the averag eJoe ever told this to the court he would be found in contempt, fined and imprisoned....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:06 | 2247636 SillySalesmanQu...
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There is blood in that turnip?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:09 | 2247647 Strut
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Nope, but there is still some in the ECB and core EU. 

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:09 | 2247637 Cult_of_Reason
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110 Greek bond holders to sue Greece, banks over debt swap

BERLIN, March 12 (Reuters) - Lawyers in Germany representing 110 Greek bond holders said on Monday they have formed a class action group and intend to sue banks and the Greek state following last week's Greek bond swap, which slashed more than 100 billion euros from Athens' debt.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:12 | 2247661 resurger
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thnx for the link

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:18 | 2247680 Ahmeexnal
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Greece should in turn sue Germany for the Great Famine of 1941:

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:29 | 2247712 resurger
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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:28 | 2247707 CrashisOptimistic
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Wait til discovery shows that Greece ordered its banks to pay sweeteners to refuseniks who would not participate, basically redeeming some of their bonds euro for euro, in order to claim a higher participation number.

But in keeping with governments doing ANYTHING to keep it going, I expect these lawsuits to be dismissed or postponed indefinitely.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:06 | 2247638 fuu
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Living in a lawyer's paradise.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:10 | 2247654 GeneMarchbanks
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Hell, just say it.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:11 | 2247658 resurger
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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:23 | 2247694 kito
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...yes...if only because there are far more banker jokes these days.................

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:25 | 2247699 fuu
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Lawyers are sawbones?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:41 | 2247750 kito
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domain name available for only $699....barely the cost of a banker lunch.....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:46 | 2247768 fuu
fuu's picture is available for $10 through godaddy.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:07 | 2247828 kito
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go figure, bankers worth more dead than alive............

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 15:32 | 2248141 fuu
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Did you mean $6.99 above?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:07 | 2247639 spiral_eyes
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Moral of the story: don't issue debt under an external jurisdiction if you think there is a danger of default.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:08 | 2247642 VulpisVulpis
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The lawyers always seem to win -- funny how that works -- not like a majority of bureaucrats are lawy... oh wait

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:09 | 2247646 q99x2
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Law. What law? Time to change the law.

Rollin rollin rollin keep them doggies rollin Rawhide.

Head em in. Move em out. Rawhide.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:10 | 2247650 LongSoupLine
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"If the bond doesn't fit..."

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:10 | 2247653 Below Zero
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A Greek and his money are soon parted......

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:15 | 2248744 Dugald
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Beware Greeks wearing shifts.....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:13 | 2247663 Cognitive Dissonance
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Once again it will be the lawyers that "win".

Good luck with that.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:18 | 2247683 espirit
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Re: "Golden Rule".

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:28 | 2247692 GeneMarchbanks
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LTCM set the precedent. Then Enron, Worldcom and finally the neighborhood. America decided if you wear Armani you can't possibly be criminally insane.


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:42 | 2248038 MachoMan
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While I think general comments on bankers and lawyers are unfounded, I am confident that there have been hundreds of attorneys that not only rode shotgun on the whole fianancial fiasco, but specifically designed it...  and also built in obfuscation methods and legal barriers to discovery.  These are likely different than, although professionally acquainted with, the people doing the litigation.  So...  the folks getting $1k/hr now are likely just in the right place at the right time.  Must be nice.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:13 | 2247664 monopoly
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What a mess. And at some point, maybe soon, it will Matter. This market scares me. Do not want anything to do with it. But am watching the VIX. I have seen this movie before.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 13:14 | 2247667 Dermasolarapate...
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Wunderbar! I added some of those 3,000% bonds to my IRA....better then my high yield USA savings rate of 0.000001%

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