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Shearman settles controlling stake in Co-operative Bank for US hedge funds

Behind the scenes of the first-ever creditor bail-in of a bank in the UK.

Last month The Co-operative Group’s £1.5bn recapitalisation plan for its beleaguered banking arm unravelled as subordinated bondholder activists advised by Shearman & Sterling negotiated hard and settled on a controlling stake of 70% of the shares of the bank.

Under the agreement, bondholders including US hedge funds led by Aurelius Capital Management and Silver Point Capital – dubbed the LT2 Group as they hold subordinated bonds – will receive 70% of the shares in The Co-operative Bank plus £100m in newly-issued securities. They will also inject £125m of fresh capital into the bank while parent company The Co-operative Group will retain a 30% stake.