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NYC Hedge Fund Eyes Its Next Distressed-Debt Target: Bahrain

  • ‘There could be pressure on Bahrain,’ says Greylock’s Humes
  • Bahrain’s bonds fall to all-time lows, CDS highest since 2016
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Greylock Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund that holds the distressed bonds of Mozambique and Venezuela, says Bahrain is its next potential target.

The cash-strapped Gulf nation has been slow to implement reforms compared with its richer neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, after the slide in oil prices that began in 2014 eroded their wealth. Bahrain will have to revive its financial fortunes to prevent its debt from slumping to distressed levels, according to Bashar Zakaria at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension fund.