Gil Hall

Currently writing book on PR crises. Working title: "Los Pertrechos: the Story of an Economy". Polyglot prone to prolixity in English, German &, Spanish. Based between San Juan and North Carolina. MBA/MHA.

Cate Long & Gil Hall Discuss News Events in Puerto Rico

by Gil Hall In this week’s round-up show, Cate Long and Gil Hall discuss and analyze events from Puerto Rico. Topics include: Walmart has sued Puerto Rico regarding transfer tax legislation passed in spring 2015. The case will be heard in federal court beginning February 2nd. As part of the discovery process, Walmart requested that ELA produce draft financial documents. …

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John Mudd & Gil Hall Discuss This Week’s News Events in Puerto Rico

by Gill Hall In this week’s round-up show, John Mudd joins Gil Hall to discuss and analyze events from Puerto Rico. Topics include: Melba Acosta, president of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico told a Puerto Rican newspaper this week that the government expects to pay the COFINA sales tax bonds in their entirety early in the summer of …

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PR Attorney John Mudd on Outcomes of Sanchez-Valle at SCOTUS

By John Mudd, @muddlaw Translated by Gil Hall ( gil@prnewsroundup.com ) The oral arguments of PR v. Sánchez start Wednesday at 11 Puerto Rico time. Since it is the second case on the docket it will probably start at noon. SCOTUS does not have a webcam, so we will have to wait for a transcript of the hearing and the recording. …

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Roundup: Cate and Gil Discuss This Week’s Puerto Rico News

  by Cate Long and Gil Hall In this week’s round-up show, Cate and Gil discuss and analyze events from Puerto Rico. Topics include: Governor Alejandro García Padilla (PDP – Puerto Rico’s majority party) announced he will not run for a second term. This was widely expected given an extremely low voter approval rating. In addition to struggling to get …

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Bankruptcy Scholar Melissa Jacoby Discusses Chapter 9

by Cate Long and Gil Hall In the conversation with Cate and Gil, Melissa B. Jacoby outlines some of the legal theories behind bankruptcy in the United States, and discusses how they might impact Puerto Rico. Jacoby is the Graham Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Municipal bankruptcy (Chapter 9) is a rarely …

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A technocratic solution to Puerto Rico’s transparency problems

The lack of audited financials for Puerto Rico is a key concern for members of the US Congress and for bond market participants. Five hundred twenty-one days after fiscal year 2014 ended Puerto Rican officials no longer provide an estimate of when the documents will be completed. Today we talk to Giancarlo González to understand what operational and political issues are preventing the Commonwealth from publishing its financials in a …

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Historian Discusses the History—and Future—of the PR Government Development Bank

Today @cate_long and @gillamhall interview one of Puerto Rico’s most critical historians, José L. Bolívar, who has written six books on the Commonwealth. José wrote his PhD dissertation on the history of the Government Development Bank (GDB) at the University of Puerto Rico. Today the GDB serves as the fiscal agent and financial advisor to the government of the Commonwealth …

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Gov Garcia Padilla Signs Executive Order Authorizing Clawbacks

Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro García Padilla has issued an executive order that specifies the sources for clawback of debt service funds that he says will pay for operating expenses of the government and to continue to provide critical services to the citizens of Puerto Rico Executive Order number 46-2015 is dated November 30, 2015, but was released on December 1st following the …

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News Analyst Kike Cruz Discusses US Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on PR

Today the U.S. Senate held a historic hearing on the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. To get reaction to today’s event leading Puerto Rico news analyst Kike Cruz joins us in this podcast. Kike is highly critical of the Puerto Rico’s government assertions that they have cut spending and he believes that there is common ground on federal funds for …

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Audio of US Senate’s Judiciary Committee Hearing on PR

The US Senate’s Judiciary Committee hearing on Puerto Rico held on December 1, 2015 was made available via live stream on the Committee’s website. However, the Adobe Flash program necessary to watch the stream is incompatible with Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. This left many people unable to listen to the hearing. To bridge the gap we recorded the audio portion …

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