StanChart May Wind Up Losing Less on Its Biggest Indian Bad Loan

Standard Chartered Plc may wind up losing less on its biggest bad loan in India. Lenders to bankrupt Essar Steel India Ltd. will consider increasing a payout to Standard Chartered to expedite the sale of the troubled Indian mill to ArcelorMittal, according to people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg News reported. That could smooth over a sticking point in months of court battles as the world’s largest steelmaker tries to open shop in the South Asian nation. Standard Chartered has been seeking repayment on about 35.6 billion rupees ($513 million) of loans to Essar Steel. The steel maker is the highest-profile company among the so-called "dirty dozen" debtors ordered by Indian authorities in 2017 to go through the bankruptcy courts. Read more