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Maiden Lane III L.L.C. has bought $16 billion in collateralized debt obligations from American International Group Inc.
Maiden Lane III, New York, is a financing entity controlled by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The block of CDO business that Maiden Lane III acquired includes “multi-sector CDOs” linked to credit default swaps written by AIG’s AIG Financial Products Corp. unit.
CDS contracts and similar instruments associated with the multi-sector CDOs have now been terminated, according to AIG, New York.
AIG Financial Products “continues to analyze possible means of eliminating its exposures to the approximately $2.6 billion of remaining physically settled CDS and approximately $9.7 billion of ‘cash-settled’ or ‘pay-as-you-go’ CDS in respect of protected baskets of reference credits (which may also include single-name CDS in addition to securities and loans),” AIG says.
The counterparties for the $16 billion in CDOs recently purchased by Maiden Lane III received $6.7 billion in new net payments and also took possession of $9.2 billion in collateral previously supplied by AIG Financial Products in connection with the CDS arrangements, AIG says.
Maiden Lane III earlier bought about $46 billion in CDOs, and the CDS instruments associated with those CDOs also have been terminated, AIG says.
AIG Financial Products has received about $2.5 billion in payments from Maiden Lane III in connection with the multi-sector CDO sales, AIG says.