Global Diversified Investment Grade Income Trust - Status of the disengagement transaction



    MONTREAL, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Further to the recent decision by the
Supreme Court of Canada on the proposed ABCP plan of arrangement, Global
Diversified Investment Grade Income Trust ("Global DIGIT") (TSX: DG.UN) is
making an update on the status of its disengagement transaction with MMAI-I
Trust ("MMAI").

    Assets of Global DIGIT and Withholding of Payments by MMAI

    Substantially, all of the assets of Global DIGIT consist of three credit
default swaps ("GD Swaps") entered into with MMAI and the related collateral
to secure obligations under the GD Swaps. The GD Swaps are mirrored by
back-to-back credit default swaps (the "MMAI Swaps") between MMAI and Deutsche
Bank A.G. (the "Bank"). MMAI also entered into three other swaps with the
Bank, pursuant to which and in order to secure its obligations toward the
Bank, it issued asset-backed commercial paper ("ABCP") to purchase collateral
which was pledged to the Bank.
    The payment provisions under the MMAI Swaps are mirrored by those of the
GD Swaps, such that for each payment obligation of the Bank to MMAI under the
MMAI Swaps, there is a corresponding payment obligation from MMAI to Global
DIGIT and vice versa. However, in certain circumstances, MMAI's position is
that it has the right to withhold payments received from the Bank.
Consequently, on August 14, 2007, as MMAI had not rolled over its matured ABCP
and ceased payments on such ABCP, it decided to withhold payments to Global
DIGIT. As a result of diverging views with respect to the rights of MMAI and
Global DIGIT with respect to the amounts received from the Bank, the amounts
withheld were segregated into an escrow account pursuant to a Standstill
Agreement entered into between Global DIGIT and MMAI, in which an amount of
about $0.72 per unit has been accumulated as of September 15, 2008.

    The Disengagement Transaction

    On December 21, 2007, Global DIGIT entered into an agreement with MMAI in
order to negotiate in good faith a transaction pursuant to which MMAI would
effectively be replaced by the Bank as counterparty to the GD Swaps that are
presently in force between Global DIGIT and MMAI (the "Disengagement
Transaction") and would severe all relations between Global DIGIT and MMAI and
disengage MMAI from Global DIGIT's current structure.

    The Plan

    On March 20, 2008, noteholders members of the Pan-Canadian Investors
Committee for Third-Party Structured Asset-Backed Commercial Paper (the
"Committee") filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice a plan of
compromise and arrangement (the "Plan") pursuant to the Companies' Creditors
Arrangement Act in respect of the ABCP of certain issuer trustees, including
the issuer trustee of MMAI.
    On June 5, the Plan was sanctioned by the Court and further to an appeal
to the Court of Appeal of Ontario by certain dissident noteholders holding
ABCP, this Court unanimously dismissed the appeal on August 18 and upheld the
Plan as proposed. On September 2, 2008, the judgment of the Court of Appeal of
Ontario was appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada by dissident noteholders
and on September 19, 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal.
Consequently, the Committee expects to be in a position to commence the
process for implementation of the Plan by September 30, 2008 or shortly
thereafter, with a view to completing implementation during the month of
October 2008.
    Completion of the Disengagement Transaction and the resumption of the
distributions and redemptions depend on the successful implementation of the
Plan and is expected to become effective on the date that the Plan is
implemented. Further to the Disengagement Transaction, funds available to pay
distributions and redemptions would flow directly from the Bank and would no
longer be dependent on MMAI's ability to renew or replace its outstanding
indebtedness or otherwise be subject to any claim by MMAI to withhold payments
to Global DIGIT. Thereafter, funds held in the escrow account under the
Standstill Agreement would be released in full to Global DIGIT. The amounts
which have been accreting in respect of the residual amount that would
otherwise have been payable to Global DIGIT at the maturity date of the GD
Swaps, would be released to Global DIGIT; such amounts totaled approximately
$0.46 per unit as of September 15, 2008, but are subject to the costs of the
Disengagement Transaction which cannot presently be assessed.

    Assuming the Disengagement Transaction is completed, it is anticipated
that:

    
    1. the August 15, 2007 distribution ($0.0495 per unit) that was
       previously declared but suspended on August 14, 2007, would be
       released to the holders of record at the close of business on July 31,
       2007;

    2. as soon as possible after the release of funds currently held in the
       escrow account, Global DIGIT would declare a distribution of
       approximately $0.64 per unit;

    3. subject to losses upon the occurrence of Credit Events, monthly
       distributions would resume and generally be at the same level as was
       previously the case; and

    4. annual and quarterly redemptions would resume and financial conditions
       of such redemptions would reflect the then current market environment
       for such financial instruments.
    

    About Global DIGIT

    Global DIGIT provides an economic interest in a mezzanine tranche of
credit default swap in respect of portfolios of synthetic corporate exposures,
mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and structured finance
securities.




For further information:

For further information: François Rivard, (514) 879-6405;
http://info.fbn.ca/trusts

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