orries have been raised over the future of thousands of steel workers, after Liberty Steel’s lender filed for administration.
The lender has “fallen into severe financial distress,” according to its lawyers and had no way of repaying a 140 US dollar (£101 million) loan to Credit Suisse the Financial Times reported.
Greensill lends money to businesses so they can pay their suppliers. One of its major customers is Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, which owns Liberty Steel.
The lender is expected to be in part bought in a pre-pack deal by Apollo Global Management, with news due within the next couple of days.
However the Apollo deal will not include Greensill’s exposure to GFG Alliance.
Mr Gupta’s business empire employs around 5,000 people in the UK, a majority of whom work for Liberty Steel.
Often labelled the “saviour of steel”, the businessman has snapped up a series of production sites across the UK which had been under pressure from cheap overseas competition.
However GFG has itself faced pressure, and has relied on Greensill for around five billion dollars (£3.6 billion) worth of funding used to pay its suppliers.
A spokesperson for GFG Alliance said: “Our operations are running as normal and our core businesses…