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Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal on the merger between Credit Suisse and UBS

The merger between Credit Suisse and UBS is creating waves across the banking sector. Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Of Counsel at Kepler-Karst and professor of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, comments for Bloomberg about this momentous event.

As part of the transaction, the Swiss regulator ordered the write-down of the riskiest notes (AT1) despite that shareholders have not been fully wiped-out, leaving bondholders shocked.

Rodrigo said that “[t]here are three elements that need to be balanced: the need to preserve financial stability, the pre-established hierarchical order of claims and any waiver of rights contained in the terms of the underlying documents”. He also added that “[h]owever, regulators have a lot of discretion to justify the unjustifiable.”

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Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal for Reuters on Ghana’s debt restructuring plans

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Of Counsel at Kepler-Karst and Professor of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, commented for Reuters on Ghana’s debt restructuring plans as it faces a debt overhaul.

Regarding the $400 million guarantee offered by the World Bank to Ghana to provide extra security if the country failed to pay investors, Rodrigo said: “The guarantee was designed to kick in when there is a temporary liquidity issue, not an structural debt problem.”


Rodrigo is an expert in restructurings and sovereign debt, and has been involved in the major corporate, bank and government restructurings globally.

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Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal on Russian Debt Default

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Of Counsel and Professor of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, comments on Russia’s recent default on its foreign debt.

In this article, Rodrigo, a legal expert, and Nasir Aminu, an economist at Cardiff Metropolitan University, explain the significance of the default and its consecuences. For Rodrigo, “the full impact of the default remains uncertain until the global financial market gets clarity” regarding some issues, but, in any case, “those issues would be subject to interpretation by a court of law“.

Read the full comment on The Conversation or at the World Economic Forum’s website.



Russian debt: a circle to be squared

By Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Of Counsel at Kepler-Karst Law Firm and expert in Sovereign Debt.

Russia recently missed an interest payment on two of its sovereign bonds, the 2026 USD and 2036 EUR bonds, and, as it is common in these instruments, they enjoy a 30-day grace period that just ended. Things are getting difficult.

The 2026 USD prospectus is quite interesting, because it allows for payments to be made in USD, but also in EUR, GBP or CHF if, for reasons beyond its control, Russia is unable to make payments in USD (in whole or in part).

In the same sense, the 2036 EUR prospectus allows payments in currencies other than EUR as well, but goes even further and also adds the RUB as a possible alternative payment currency.

Although these conditions may seem positive, the reality is that not fulfilling obligations in the established currency –EUR or USD- may not be ideal for the original creditor (e.g. currency mistmatch).

If this was not enough, there is another relevant clause that makes things more difficult to square the circle: the so-called Currency Indemnity Clause. This clause allows for a discharge of the payment obligation in situations where someone receives or recover (not necessarily recover) a payment in another currency (and, why not, in another place). However, the payment received in RUB, must allow the creditor to purchase the necessary amount of USD to offset the original obligation due.

In any event, clarity is required on whether there has been a discharge for Russia on its obligations, what is the difference between receiving and recovering payments, or whether Russia was prevented to pay because of the Western sanctions (or if these were self-inflicted and thus Russia is not excused for not making the payment).

All these issues are subject to interpretation by a court of law, but Russia has not waived any of its sovereign immunity and has not submitted to the jurisdiction of any court in any of the two prospectuses.

What a circle to be squared and here at Kepler-Karst we can assist.


Rodrigo commented for Reuters on this subject and he appeared in numerous international media outlets such as Euractiv, Daily Mail and Magnet



Kepler-Karst adds Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Chair of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, as Counsel

Kepler-Karst, a law firm specialized in Restructuring, Insolvency, Corporate and Finance Law, has announced the appointment of Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Chair of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, as Counsel. He is also an international consultant: senior insolvency expert for the World Bank, bank resolution expert for the European Parliament and consultant for several multilateral institutions in Washington D.C. and Europe, as well as Central Banks and Sovereign States. Besides, he has acted as expert on sovereign debt for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Olivares-Caminal joins the firm to support the Financial Law area and to provide his high technical expertise advising creditors. He will also offer his international vision to the Restructuring and Insolvency area of the firm.

With more than 20 years of experience, and working from London and Madrid, he has developed projects in five continents, among which stands out the evaluation of the effectiveness of the insolvency laws of the 38 economies where the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development operates. He currently coordinates and represents the Cuban creditors’ committee and a group of Venezuelan creditors in Europe.

Kepler-Karst, a firm recognized for its ability to handle highly complex and public matters, with offices in Madrid, London and Las Palmas, thus reinforces its international dimension and two key areas for the firm.

Rodrigo’s experience in sovereign debt restructuring, corporate finance and foreign investment is of particular importance in the current context of uncertainty and economic crisis, where economic distress situations are affecting companies, banks and public institutions. We are facing a scenario in which we must be able to provide advice of the highest level in order to face the current new challenges. And all of this, in addition to the value that Rodrigo can bring to our clients in construction, tourism, commerce, transportation and finance -among others-, especially to those with international or global assets or interests“, says Davinia Sánchez, President and Partner of Kepler-Karst.

Nicolás Costábile, Managing Director of Ayesa, a Spanish multinational corporation who has worked with Rodrigo, highlights his experience in restructurings and emphasizes his ability to negotiate contracts and solve complex situations, “he is an expert in highly complex cases, and his strategic vision and commercial intelligence make him a great strategist who really understands what clients need“.

For his part, Olivares-Caminal said: “The profile of clients and matters of the firm, as well as its courageous and bold way of understanding the legal profession, have been decisive in making this decision. I am delighted to put my knowledge and experience at the service of the firm’s clients and very excited about this new stage that will allow me to consolidate my relationship with Latin America”.

This incorporation adds to the two recent appointments made by the firm last November, when it announced the incorporation of Armando Betancor Álamo, a specialist in cross-border transactions, and Luis A. Barber Marrero, an expert in corporate and insolvency law

Our objective is none other than to provide different solutions and develop innovative and effective legal strategies for our clients’ interests. To achieve this, it is essential to add talent such as that of Armando, Luis or, now, Rodrigo“, concludes Davinia Sánchez, President and Partner of Kepler-Karst.