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BTA Says Court Orders Return of Kyrgyz Unit’s Stake Sold in 2009

BTA Bank, the Kazakh lender seeking to restructure its debt for a second time, said it won a court case to regain control over its Kyrgyz unit that was lost in a “raiding scheme” three years ago.

A court in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Oct. 12 voided the results of an auction sale of a 71 percent stake in ZAO BTA Bank and ordered its return to the Kazakh parent company, the Almaty-based bank said in a statement e-mailed today.

Investment Holding Co., BTA’s bondholder based in Kyrgyzstan, said in October 2009 it was seeking a court order to sell BTA assets in the country at public auction to recover its investment after rejecting BTA’s debt-restructuring offer. The company at the time held 28.4 million pounds ($45.9 million) of BTA’s 7.125 percent bonds due in December 2009.

BTA’s previous court appeals had no effect “because of the pressure applied by organizers of the raiding scheme,” the Kazakh bank said today.

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