Judge: Brazil's Oleo e Gas May Use Assets to Guarantee Loans


SAO PAULO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Bankrupt oil producer Óleo e Gás Participações SA, controlled by Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista, received court authorization late Monday to use its assets to guarantee a loan critical to keeping the company in operation.

Gilberto Clovis Faria Matos, the judge handling Óleo e Gás' bankruptcy protection filing, ruled that company assets may be used as collateral for up to $200 million of debtor-in-possession, or DIP, financing, according to documents filed with the Rio de Janeiro state court of justice.

Óleo e Gás, whose EBX business empire collapsed last year, has delayed detailing its restructuring plan to creditors until Jan. 31 as it tries to secure new funding, the company said in a statement on Friday.

Óleo e Gás was previously known as OGX Petróleo e Gas SA. It filed Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy protection application on Oct. 30.

In recent weeks, Óleo e Gás obtained a bridge loan to pay for operations while it seeks the debtor-in-possession loan.


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