An Analysis of Argentina's 2001 Default Resolution

CIGI Paper No. 110

32 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 21, 2016


Argentina’s 2001 default was followed by a complex debt restructuring that included a long legal dispute with so-called “vulture funds” and other holdout creditors. The full resolution of the sovereign default took almost 15 years. This paper examines the whole restructuring process. It describes the strategies followed by the debtor and the bondholders, the domestic economic implications of the restructuring and the characteristics of the legal disputes. It also analyzes the implications of the default resolution for the functioning of sovereign lending markets.

Keywords: Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Argentina, Vulture Funds

JEL Classification: F34, G01, H63, K12

Suggested Citation

Guzman, Martin, An Analysis of Argentina's 2001 Default Resolution (October 21, 2016). CIGI Paper No. 110, Available at SSRN: or

Martin Guzman (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

2852 Broadway Street
New York, NY 10027
United States

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