It is a slow news day so just wondering, you think this middle eastern credit problem could effect?
the UAE's and Saudi's ability to buy our bonds in the near future?
‘Never Go Bust’ Families Mean End of Easy Credit (Update2)
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Maan al-Sanea, one of Saudi Arabia’s richest men, operates his corporate empire barricaded behind a four-foot high concrete wall, painted in bright red stripes. A second, higher wall is topped with barbed wire, a reminder of the terrorist attack on his company’s nearby residential compound five years ago that killed 22 people.
Now al-Sanea is under a different kind of siege, this time from the family he married into and helped make him wealthy. In a region where business disputes are routinely settled in private, the family feud between the two most prominent names in the Saudi oil city of Al-Khobar -- Algosaibi and al-Sanea -- has erupted into public and curbed lending across the Gulf.
Eighty banks, including BNP Paribas SA and Citigroup Inc., are owed at least $15.7 billion, sparking a flurry of litigation. The battle has increased pressure for more transparency among the region’s family-run firms and less reliance on name lending, or borrowing based on reputation.
“With Maan al-Sanea or the Algosaibi family, the perception was that they would never go bust or never default,” Yazan Abdeen, a Dubai fund manager at ING Investment Management, said. “Facts are showing that this can happen. The banks in Saudi, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will get a hit, and this will make the banks alter their own lending models. It’s like a ‘black swan’ event, something no one saw coming.”
Al-Khobar, an oil-rich seaside city in the Persian Gulf, 250 miles east of Riyadh, is the center of a legal and financial struggle that has seen some of the Algosaibis accuse al-Sanea, ranked 62nd on this year’s Forbes magazine list of richest people, in court filings of siphoning off $10 billion in assets while he was running a money-management business for them.
The Saudi Arabian central bank ordered a freeze of al- Sanea’s accounts, bankers familiar with the instructions said on May 31. The Algosaibis then used a Cayman Islands court order to try to freeze $9.2 billion of his assets, court documents show.
“All of the allegations made are wholly without foundation,” al-Sanea’s company, Saad Group, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “While maintaining an absolute focus on its own restructuring, the Saad Group will respond appropriately and in a timely fashion to the erroneous claims made against it. However, this will be through a proper judicial process and not through the media.”
The Algosaibis declined to comment for this story, James Courtovich, a Washington-based spokesman for the family, said.
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