Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sahara eyes $1bn hedge fund debt deal for Roy’s release: Report

Subrata Roy

PTI | Oct 13, 2014, 06.07AM IST
LONDON: The Sahara Group is believed to be working on an over $1-billion debt refinancing deal with two American hedge funds for raising money to secure release of its jailed chiefSubrata Roy, a report said on Sunday. 

The two funds would become financiers for over $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore) of debt against the group's three overseas hotels, including the iconic Grosvenor House in London and two hotels in New York (the Plaza and Dream Downtown), the Sunday Times reported. 

The newspaper report said that the deal could have been struck last week itself after months of talks, but a Sahara group spokesperson said "all we can say in this matter is that the news is absolutely wrong." 

"You can well understand our inability to comment on any issue pertaining to the deal of properties because of the operation of a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Furthermore, you are definitely aware of the fact that how strictly NDA is followed and honoured, particularly in the overseas market," the spokesperson said in an emailed reply without elaborating further. 

Roy has been jail since March amid a long-running dispute of Sahara Group with the capital markets regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) over repayment of billions of dollars to investors who were sold certain bonds. 

Sahara group, however, has maintained that it has repaid over 93% of the investors. 

Roy was earlier trying to sell the hotels from his makeshift office in India's largest prison but could not strike a deal within a Supreme Court deadline on the use of a Tihar Jail conference room for the purpose of the sale.

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