Andrew Scurria and Heather Gillers have a piece in The Wall Street Journal that discusses various considerations now that the story of Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy is “just beginning for investors.” One remark in particular caught my eye.
Complicating matters, Puerto Rico hasn’t yet decided which creditors have priority in a restructuring.
This lack of forethought, even of understanding, is illustrative of how Puerto Rico got into this mess in the first place.
The question shouldn’t center on creditors; the order of priority of debt type should be the primary criterion, with creditors within each type treated equally. This prioritization should have been defined long ago, too.
Ideally, these failures will be redressed coming out of the present proceedings.