Anglo Irish Bank liquidation nears completion
Face value of IBRC’s book shrinks from €23bn to €500m in two years
Anglo’s former headquarters: special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
This means the bank which has become synonymous with Ireland’s economic collapse is now essentially no more.
A small number of loans that the bank has not been able to sell – including borrowings of the family of Seán Quinn, which are the subject of litigation – will be worked out by a legacy unit of less than 50 people.
Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide’s special liquidators KPMG accountants Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson started their liquidation in February last year with loans with a face-value of €23 billion to sell.
In total, the special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State.
The sale process has also recovered enough money to pay off most or all subordinated junior bondholders, who are owed €280 million. However, these bondholders will only be paid if litigation against the bank by the family of Seán Quinn fails, and the case could take until 2020 to conclude.
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The special liquidators will sell one remaining large loan relating to an upmarket hotel in Boston in the New Year. The few hundred loans remaining in the bank will then go into its legacy unit.
IBRC, the new name for Anglo and Irish Nationwide, employed 1,000 people when it was liquidated but it now only has 200 staff. This will fall to between 30 and 50 by March.
Remaining staff in the bank will work primarily in its legacy unit and support services. The biggest single client of this unit will be the family of Seán Quinn. Their assets, including a skyscraper in Russia and a large property in India, are subject of Irish and international litigation.
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This loan has been hard to sell because of declining oil prices and other complications related to the offshore find in pirate-infested waters.
In addition, loans relating to Anglo’s former chief executive David Drumm will go into this unit.
About 13,000 companies and individuals including well known names such as billionaire Denis O’Brien, businessman Paddy McKillen and Dragon’s Den’s Duncan Bannatyne were among the clients of the bank affected by its dramatic liquidation in February last year.