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Clearwater Capital is investing more than China in Indian distressed debt

We have probably allocated more capital recently in India relative to China, said Robert Petty, a co-founder at the Hong Kong-based fund

David Yong & Lianting Tu | Bloomberg 

A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu (Photo: Reuters)
A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu (Photo: Reuters)

LLC says it is allocating more money into in as an increasing number of companies are dragged into

“We have probably allocated more capital recently in relative to China,” said Robert Petty, a co-founder at the Hong Kong-based fund specializing in direct lending, distressed and special situation opportunities in Asia.

A $2 billion bank fraud at Punjab National Bank and rising bankruptcy cases have rocked the South Asian nation this year, presenting new opportunities for hedge focusing on the latest fallout in banking and other key industries. Regulatory pressure for banks to recognize bad loans has also led to a 30 percent jump in non-performing loans, Fitch Ratings said in a Feb. 22 note.

Aircel Ltd., the Indian wireless carrier backed by Malaysian billionaire T. Ananda Krishnan is among the recent companies to have filed for with the National Company Law Tribunal, after creditors dragged Reliance Communications Ltd. to the tribunal last year.

First Published: Mon, March 05 2018. 20:41 IST
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