Litigation Finance
New York, NY
June 4, 2019


Building on the success of the inaugural event this year, IMN is excited to announce the return of the ‘Financing, Structuring and Investing in Litigation Finance Conference’.  Once again, as the litigation and investor capital of the world, New York will play host to a select group of senior executives and thought leaders who are blazing trails for progress in the industry. 
The inaugural event in May 2018 hosted a delegation of over 200 people, representing litigation funds, law firms, corporate claimants, academia, brokerages and institutional investors.   
The event provided the perfect platform for legal professionals involved in commercial disputes to meet with investors specializing in the financing of litigation and arbitration cases.  Pioneers of this rapidly evolving industry discussed the opportunities available for investors and legal professionals, with some lively Q&A sessions making for an interactive experience.
The continued growth of the industry has caught the attention of investors from institutional investors, hedge funds, venture capital and private equity firms who recognize the untapped potential in the market.  More and more law firms and corporate counsels are making the most of opportunities in the space and are increasingly using litigation finance as a form of risk management and profit generation.
With new players entering the market all the time, the second edition of this one day summit will draw a diverse crowd of investors, litigation funders, brokers, corporate claimants, law firms and other entities in this exciting and developing market. IMN invites you to join us at the premier platform for relationship building, thought leadership and business development in the litigation funding space.

Who Should Attend
  • Litigation/arbitration funders
  • Hedge funds
  • Private equity funds
  • Law firms
  • Broker dealers
  • Corporate counsels
  • Pension funds
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Endowments
  • Press

Conference Highlights


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    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

      8:00 AM
      Registration & Breakfast Courtesy of:

      8:55 AM
      IMN Welcoming Remarks

      9:15 AM
      State of the Market

        • What trends have emerged in the past year? What can be expected for the coming year?
        • New product offerings and emerging sectors seeking financing solutions
        • The benefits and limitations of specialization
        • Market development: what still needs to be done to educate the litigation world?

        • Stuart Grant , Managing Director (Bench Walk Advisors LLC)
        • Jo Burgess , Strategy & Operations Director (Affiniti Finance Ltd.)
        • James Batson , Investment Manager and Legal Counsel (Bentham IMF)
        • Stephen Tountas , Partner (Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP)
        • Jay Greenberg , CEO (LexShares)
        • Patrick Dempsey , Chief Investment Officer, U.S. (Therium Capital Management)

      10:05 AM
      Underwriting Best Practices

        • Quick review of current standard underwriting processes
        • Why does the process take so long and how can it be improved?
        • How to ensure speed and predictability for the counterparties while providing confidence to the funders
        • Assessing the potential for emerging technologies to aid the process

        • Julia Gewolb , Director of Underwriting (Validity Finance)
        • Grant Cumbley , Head of Pricing & Risk (Affiniti Finance)
        • Mark Jacobs , President (Arrowhead Capital)
        • Charles Agee , CEO (Westfleet Advisors)
        • Tatiana Sainati , Associate (Wiley Rein)
        • Collin Cox , Partner (Yetter Coleman LLP)

      10:55 AM
      Networking Break Courtesy of:

      11:25 AM
      Deal Issues and the Challenges of Obtaining Financing for Litigation

        • What is difficult about putting together a contract?
        • Contractual terms and reading the fine print
        • Case control and the importance of relationship management
        • Can the process of structuring a contract be standardized in any way?

        • Andrew Langhoff , Managing Director (Red Bridges Advisors)
        • Caline Mouawad , Partner (King & Spalding LLP)
        • Douglas Gruener , Partner (Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC)
        • Ross Wallin , Managing Principal (Curiam Capital LLC)
        • Boris Ziser , Partner (Schulte Roth & Zabel)
        • Joshua Meltzer , Managing Director, US (Woodsford Litigation Funding)

      12:15 PM
      Working with General Counsels: Opportunities for Corporate Utilization of Litigation Finance

        • What do funders need to change to ensure more widespread adoption of litigation finance amongst corporate counsels?
        • Is there a desire amongst GCs to move risk off corporate balance sheets?  What other potential risks can it help mitigate against?
        • What is the attitude amongst corporate CFOs towards using outside capital to fund litigation?
        • Overcoming the business development and origination challenges for funders aiming to work with GCs

        • Michael Nicolas , Managing Director (Longford Capital Management)
        • Ron Vaisbort , General Counsel (MemSQL)
        • Dai Wai Chin Feman , Director of Commercial Litigation Strategies (Parabellum Capital)
        • William Weisman , Senior Investment Officer (Therium Capital Management)

      1:00 PM

      2:00 PM
      Developments in International Commercial Litigation and Investment Treaty Arbitration Case Funding

        • New products and sectors in Australasia, Asia, South America and the United Kingdom
        • Overview of legislative developments across these geographies
        • How do challenges in these markets differ from the US?
        • Case studies and lessons learned

        • Floriane Lavaud , Counsel (Debevoise & Plimpton)
        • Aviva Will , Senior Managing Director (Burford Capital)
        • Camille Ng , Deputy Counsel (International Court of Arbitration)
        • Lisa Richman , Partner (McDermott Will & Emery LLP)
        • Teddy Baldwin , Partner (Steptoe)
        • Hugh Carlson , Managing Director (Three Crowns LLP)

      2:45 PM
      Risk/Reward: Institutional Capital Perspectives

        • Why is litigation finance an attractive investment?
        • How do these investments fit into your overall portfolio?
        • Looking at the numbers – how much money is entering the space?
        • How prevalent are litigation investments across institutional portfolios?  Are there any institutional investors who have not yet bought in?

        • Steven Huttler , Partner (Sadis & Goldberg LLP)
        • Drew Kelly , General Counsel (Delta Capital Partners)
        • Brian Roth , Senior Managing Director (EJF Capital)
        • David Spiegel , Managing Director (GLS Capital)
        • Lee Drucker , Co-founder & Principal (Lake Whillans Litigation Finance)
        • Evan Wein , Partner, Senior Advisor-Special Situations (Mercury Capital Advisors, LLC)

      3:30 PM
      Networking Break Courtesy of:

      4:00 PM
      Regulation, Compliance and Ethical Considerations

        • Updates on state and federal regulations and attitude towards litigation finance
        • What are the current concerns raised by court systems?  How are they being educated by the litigation finance community?
        • NYC Bar opinion on litigation funding and fee splitting
        • Privilege and confidentiality

        • Edward Reilly , Managing Member (Themis Legal Capital)
        • Anthony Sebok , Professor of Law (Cardozo School of Law)
        • Michael Guzman , Partner (Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick PLLC)
        • Daniel Bush , Executive VP/ CIO/ Legal Counsel (Law Finance Group)
        • Roy Simon , Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics Emeritus (Legal Ethics Advisor)
        • Katherine Simpson , Independent Arbitrator (Simpson Dispute Resolution)

      4:45 PM
      International Perspectives: Assessing Developments in Existing and Emerging Markets

        • New products and sectors in Australasia, Asia, South America and the United Kingdom
        • Which geographies offer the best opportunities for litigation finance?
        • What challenges have been met in well-developed markets?  How can these be more easily overcome in younger markets using lessons learned?

        • Geoff Dover , Founder & CIO (Heirloom Investment Management)
        • Narghis Torres , CEO (LexFinance)
        • Patrick Jenevein , Co-Founder & CEO (Pointe Bello)

      5:30 PM
      Networking Drinks Reception Hosted by:

      6:30 PM
      The 2nd Annual Financing, Structuring and Investing in Litigation Finance Concludes



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