Mediation Extended In Fight Over $9 Billion In Nortel Assets

A mediator overseeing creditor negotiations in Nortel Networks' bankruptcy said on Tuesday he is extending talks over how to distribute about $9 billion in cash at the fallen telecom, Reuters reported. Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler said in a statement the mediation, scheduled to end at noon on Tuesday, had been extended, but did not say for how long. A spokesman for the mediator declined to give detail on the length of the extension. Nortel, once the largest telecoms equipment maker in North America, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, hampered by accounting problems and failing to recover from the burst of the 1990s tech bubble. It went on to raise $9 billion after selling its assets, but never resolved how to divide the value among creditors in Canadian, U.S. and European insolvency proceedings. Read more.