On the eve of Piraeus Bank’s big recap, the head of the country’s bank bailout fund, HFSF, abruptly resigned. He had championed better corporate governance. The move overshadows welcome Greek banking improvements, including a bad debt cleanup plan and new insolvency code.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.