Ukrainian Politics, Economics

 Moody's: PrivatBank case interference would hurt Ukraine's credit rating

Ukraine’s credit profile would be badly damaged, Moody’s warned on Wednesday, if the country’s new president interfered in an acrimonious legal battle over the 2016 nationalization of the country’s biggest lender Privatbank.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

Moody’s said the banking sector changes, including the Privatbank move, had been one of the biggest economic reform successes of the last five years.

"Any threat to that progress – such as the potential that the new president would interfere in favor of (former owner) Igor Kolomoysky’s appeal of the Privatbank nationalization in local courts – would constitute a serious setback to the reform agenda," Moody’s said.

"While not our base case as we attach a low probability to such a scenario, it would have a material adverse impact on Ukraine’s credit profile if it were to materialize."

On April 18, 2019, Kyiv's District Administrative Court, having considered at a court session the case on a lawsuit filed by businessman Ihor Kolomoiskyi to the NBU, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Deposit Guarantee Fund and the National Commission on Securities and the Stock Market, ruled that the nationalization of PrivatBank was illegal. The consideration of this case lasted from June 2017.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3124314