Liberty Steel to sell UK assets, in talks with Credit Suisse By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Liberty Steel flag flies over the steel plant in Dalzell, Scotland, Britain April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) -Tycoon Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty Steel Group said on Monday it would sell several UK assets and was holding talks with Credit Suisse (SIX:) about a standstill deal for its Australian unit after the collapse of Liberty’s key lender Greensill Capital.

Gupta’s family conglomerate had been seeking refinancing of its cash-starved web of businesses in steel, aluminium and energy after supply chain finance firm Greensill filed for insolvency in March.

It said on Monday it was planning to sell three ‘non-core’ UK plants as part of a major restructuring.

“As part of this restructuring, Liberty will look to sell its aerospace and special alloys steel business in Stocksbridge,” the company said in a statement.

“Liberty has also already commenced the formal sale process of Liberty Aluminium Technologies and Liberty Pressing Solutions,” it added.

The statement also said that after meetings in Dubai this weekend, Gupta was in advanced discussions with Credit Suisse about a formal standstill agreement about its Australian business.

The agreement would hold until “refinancing is completed that will repay CS out in full”, it added.

Among the investors burnt in the widespread fallout from Greensill’s collapse were clients of Credit Suisse, who had invested in a $7.3 billion finance fund exposed to debt issued by the finance firm.

Greensill Capital lent money to firms by buying their invoices at a discount, but it collapsed in March after one of its main insurers declined to renew its cover.

The Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG) has been under a cloud since the UK announced an investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering on May 14.

The company earlier this month appointed a committee to restructure and refinance the group.

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