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West Virginia governor accuses Greensill of ‘fraud’ in lawsuit


The governor of West Virginia has filed a lawsuit towards Greensill Capital and its founder, alleging that the now collapsed financing agency “perpetrated a steady and worthwhile fraud” towards his mining firm.

Jim Justice, a 69-year-old businessman and Republican politician, has launched authorized motion towards Greensill in Manhattan federal court docket, alleging his coal mining empire is underneath menace attributable to its “sudden and unjustified abandonment” by the financing agency.

Justice’s Bluestone Sources and its associated corporations have been considered one of Greensill’s largest shoppers lately. Greensill specialised in arranging company funding linked to invoices and fell into administration final week.

Bluestone is the primary Greensill consumer to take authorized motion. Greensill’s personal attorneys argued in an Australian court earlier this month that its collapse may put 50,000 jobs all over the world in danger, as a result of a few of its shoppers had been “prone to develop into bancrupt” with out additional financing.

The go well with, filed by Bluestone’s attorneys Sullivan & Cromwell within the Southern District of New York on Monday, says that the London-based finance agency superior $850m of financing to Bluestone. In return, the coal miner paid $108m in money and a further $100m in fairness warrants, giving Greensill the choice to take a stake in Justice’s enterprise.

Within the submitting, Bluestone claims that in latest negotiations over its financing with Greensill, the corporate “engaged in a sample of fabric misrepresentations” about its “personal more and more perilous monetary situation”. The go well with says that the financing agency indicated that it “remained a secure and dedicated financing accomplice for the long-term”, arguing that if Bluestone had been conscious of its true situation it might have “instantly sought different financing”.

The lawsuit names founder Lex Greensill and former vice-chairman Roland Hartley-Urquhart as defendants.

Greensill’s directors Grant Thornton declined to remark. Greensill and Hartley-Urquhart didn’t reply to requests for remark.