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This $100 billion investor pins hope on Modi’s war on NPAs; sees India as ‘engine of growth’ in 3-5 years

India News

Oaktree Capital Group LLC, one of the world’s largest distressed debt investors, is eyeing India as a key market as the nation overhauls its bankruptcy rules and banks battle with a historic bad debt clean-up.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see India as another engine of growth maybe in the next three to five years,” said Jay Wintrob, chief executive officer at the Los Angeles-based firm, in an interview in Hong Kong. “We are spending a lot of time in India, getting up to speed.”India’s $210 billion pile of stressed assets and distressed borrowers have attracted global funds from Varde Partners to JC Flowers & Co. The nation’s so-called dirty dozen — 12 large debtors that have been ordered to go through the bankruptcy courts — are testing the country’s insolvency rules. A high-profile default by Reliance Communications Ltd. is also proving a litmus test for how foreign creditors get treated.Oaktree, which has about $100 billion of assets under management, doesn’t have an onshore presence in India, and currently invests a “very, very small amount” in the nation, according to Wintrob.