From Default to Darling: Argentina Bets Pay Off for Hedge Funds

Source: The Wall Street Journal
By: Gregory Zuckerman & Juliet Chung
11.10.2015

Firms that piled into Argentine assets ahead of presidential elections are being rewarded.

In a dark year for many hedge funds, Argentina is emerging as an unexpected bright spot.

For more than a year, a handful of firms piled into Argentine investments, hoping elections to replace President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would usher in an economic turnaround. Few investors expected a huge, immediate payoff: Just last year, the South American nation defaulted on its debt amid a legal clash with hedge funds, including Paul Singer’s $27 billion Elliott Management Corp.

But on the heels of the strong showing in the Oct. 25 first-round presidential election by Buenos Aires’s business-friendly mayor, Mauricio Macri, firms such as Bienville Capital Management LLC, Brevan Howard Asset Management, Redwood Capital Management LLC and Perry Capital LLC are counting their winnings.

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