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Loans firm Amigo may fail in days, says boss

Boss of Amigo Loans says it will fall into insolvency if landmark court judgment goes against it

The boss of Amigo Loans has said it will fall into insolvency if a landmark court judgment goes against it this week. 

Gary Jennison said he had warned the Financial Conduct Authority that the sub-prime lender faced collapse. But the watchdog told him ‘friends and family’ would help fill the gap in the lending market if his firm went bust, he said. 

On Wednesday, Amigo, which specialises in loans guaranteed by friends or family, will hear if it can go ahead with its compensation scheme for customers. 

Short-changed: Amigo was flooded with complaints from claims management firms over mis-sold loans

The plan was drawn up after Amigo was flooded with complaints from claims management firms over mis-sold loans. About 95 per cent of customers have voted in favour of the plan, but it has been said to short-change borrowers, and the FCA said last week it would oppose the plan in court. 

Jennison said: ‘If the judge rules against the scheme, Amigo will go into insolvency.’ 

His comments come after the MoS revealed Provident Financial, another lender to borrowers with patchy credit histories, is closing its doorstep lending business after 141 years. 

Jennison said friends and family of struggling borrowers ‘are as strapped as the customers’ and wouldn’t be able to fill the void if more lenders left the market. 

The FCA said it has not suggested turning to friends and family ‘as a course of action’, adding ‘we urge consumers not to use illegal money lenders’. 

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