President-elect Trump should intervene in APR Energy dispute – Florida Politics (blog)
We wrote over the summer about a dispute between a Florida-based company and an Australian bank that could have doomed the eventual passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Turns out, we were wrong. The election of Donald J. Trump is what killed TPP,with no hope of resuscitation. But given the election, and this ongoing dispute, the Australian government should be very nervous about its relationship with the new administration.
APR Energy, the Jacksonville, Florida company being taken to the cleaners over an obscure Australian law, is a US company getting what is unequivocally a “bad deal” doing business in a foreign country – and one that’s supposed to be an ally! – APR must be hoping for and expecting a Trump administration to come to the rescue given the sort of foreign trade rhetoric employed throughout the campaign.
To recap what had happened previously, APR Energy, in Jacksonville, leased tens of millions of dollars in power-generation equipment to an Australian utility that subsequently went bankrupt. Because of Australia’s ironically named “Personal Properties and Securities Act” (PPSA), APR’s equipment was summarily seized by the receiver, ANZ Bank, and is currently being essentially leased back to APR after it posted a $60 million guarantee with the bank. ANZ has won most of the court cases, having the law, however unfair and arbitrary, on its side.
Now, is it me or weren’t we promised “so much winning we’ll be sick of winning”?
APR Energy is losing and losing and losing to the powers that be in Australia. Its business is stifled by the financial burdens being placed on them by ANZ Bank. American jobs are not being created as a result of this ludicrous PPSA law.
This sounds like a job for President-elect Trump.
I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but I understand why people did. It’s the same reason Florida elected Rick Scott twice.
Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.
Mr. President-elect, here is a clear case of