International Litigation Finance
London, England
October, 2022

Description

IMN is excited to announce a new edition of the Litigation Finance event coming to London in October 2022. The International Litigation Finance Forum was created in response to the demand for an event focused on litigation funding and arbitration on the international scale and follows the success of our existing established Financing, Structuring & Investing in Litigation Finance events in New York City. With a new location and same great content, London will play host to a select group of senior executives and thought leaders who are blazing trails for progress in the industry.

Last year’s New York City event hosted a delegation of over 275 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 new London 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
  • CFOs
  • Press

Conference Highlights

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Agenda

    Tuesday, 18 October 2022

      Access to Justice: Trends, Developments and the Outlook for the Future of Litigation Funding in Europe

        • What trends and developments have emerged in the market and where is the market headed?
        • How has the emergence of hedge funds/multi-strats in the market changed pricing?
        • What is the impact of the rise in group actions?
        • Is litigation funding the remedy to make European justice systems more equitable?
        • What are the short- and long-term risks to the market?
        • What new products are emerging – and how is insurance structures coming into play?
        • What are the effects of Covid-delay?
        • Are there enough good cases in Europe to support the amount of capital in the market?
        • Will we see a marketplace where shares of already funded cases are traded?
        • Which practice areas are popular right now?


      Dynamite or Damp Squib: How will the EU Respond to the Unified Class Action Regime?

        • Will the Unified Class Action Regime revolutionize the industry?
        • Does the market have an appetite for this?
        • How are member states going to have to implement through domestic legislation?
        • Adopting cross-border mechanisms
        • What are law firms doing to prepare for this?
        • Will this help or hurt the market?


      Litigation Insurance: Is the Use of Insurance Re-Shaping the Market?

      • Litigation Insurance: Is the Use of Insurance Re-Shaping the Market?

        • How can insurance be used to grow the market?
        • Understanding after the event (ATE) insurance
        • Using insurance to lower rates on good risk
        • What does the underwriting process for a portfolio insurance deal typically look like?
        • How are funders using judgement preservation insurance?
        • Exploring the wider use of insurance and hedge products coupled with funding
        • How does an insurance-backed judgment monetization deal get done?
        • Will alternative premium structures become more common?
        • Using insurance to reduce the cost of capital and aid in the deployment of capital


      Innovative Deal Terms and Structures

        • What current pricing is the European market seeing?
        • Exploring current standard underwriting processes – insourced or outsourced or both?
        • Making sure the interests of the lawyer and funder are aligned
        • Exploring retention agreements
        • How are new entrants in the market impacting deal terms?
        • Can the process become more efficient and accelerated?
        • Balancing speed and predictability vs. confidence for the funders
        • Is the use of insurance changing deal terms and pricing?
        • Have diligence terms changed for single-event funding vs. multiple-case funding?
        • Will due diligence and pricing become more scientific and less driven by predictions?
        • What tools are available to help to drive down the cost of capital?
        • Which types of products are on the rise – single cases, portfolios, monetization, acceleration?
        • Defense side funding products


      Approaches and Strategies for Organizing Capital

        • What are the different ways that funders are capitalized?
        • Does it matter where the capital for a funder comes from?
        • Where is most of the money coming from? Where are most of the investors? 
        • Successful and innovative strategies for raising capital
        • Will we see reforms on restrictions of funding?
        • Exploring different funding options: Using debt and equity instead of traditional capital raising
        • Will blockchain, cryptocurrency, and other technology impact the market? 
        • What are the main concerns for investors in this asset class?
        • How can the market attract more institutional investors?


      Exploring Jurisdiction Differences Across Europe

        • How are different jurisdictions acting differently?
        • What are the risks associated with different jurisdictions for funders?
        • Exploring arbitrage between different countries
        • What challenges are you facing in different jurisdictions regarding education, regulations and funding?
        • Is CORLA improving collective access to justice?
        • In a new market, what is the most efficient route to creating a sound strategy?
        • Two years into the Resolution of Mass Damage in Collective Action Act (WAMCA) in the Netherlands – How is it going?
        • How to treat “corruption and illegality” allegations
        • What changes are ahead after implementation of the Unified Class Action Regime?


      Closed-Door Meeting: Litigation Finance Strategies for Private Equity and Hedge Fund Managers

      • Litigation finance offers the prospect of higher returns than traditional investment strategies and is uncorrelated to equity market movements, making this an appealing investment during periods of market downturn or volatility.  This closed-door session, open only to private equity and hedge fund managers will explore the common structure of a litigation finance deal, investment periods, return expectations, tax issues, regulatory requirements and the types of expenses a deal can incur.  Fund managers in the space must be aware of proper fund structuring, careful drafting of funding documents, and the importance of monitoring and transparency to investors.



      Success Strategies: How to Get the Best Possible Deal When Seeking Funding

        • Avoiding common mistakes when presenting a case to a funder
        • How to keep negotiations on track
        • What you shouldn’t do during due diligence
        • Exploring real world examples of what’s worked and what hasn’t
        • As a funder…what should you not to do be successful?
        • Finding the line:  What’s realistic and what’s not
        • How do you control litigation when there are multiple funders?


      How are Corporates Using Litigation Finance?

        • How can corporates use outside capital to fund litigation and move financial risk off the corporate balance sheet?
        • Using litigation finance to reduce costs, mitigate risk and enhance value of assets
        • The increasing popularity of group litigation, and the risk this poses for corporates
        • How active are corporates in monetizing large claims?
        • Challenges and roadblocks in corporate utilization and how to overcome them
        • What deal structures are corporates using?
        • What can funders do to generate more deal flow with corporate counsels?


      Current Developments in Regulation and Compliance

        • Current update on EU and international regulations
        • Developments regarding attorney-client privilege and confidentiality
        • Exploring the changing views of fee sharing with non-lawyers
        • Are funders finding subtle ways of controlling settlement?
        • Will third-party funders end up in litigations of their own?  Will the outcomes set precedents that become regulatory law?
        • U.S. Regulation: Will the new ABS rules in Arizona have any impact on the EU market?
        • What is an attorney’s obligation to the third-party funder?  And what to make of new “best friend” deals between funders and law firms
        • New Australian regulations around licensing and compliance with the managed investment scheme


      Enforcements and International Arbitration

        • Developments in international arbitration and investment treaty arbitration case funding
        • Enforcement of judgements:  What is the EU position?
        • Trends and developments by region: America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia
        • Exploring asset enforcement
        • What special challenges does international arbitration pose (that the funding of domestic EU cases doesn’t)?
        • Which sectors and geographies are seeing the most international activity and opportunity?
        • What is the timeframe for the returns in international arbitration investments?


      Co-Investing, Diversification, Securitizations and the Secondary Market

        • How will secondary markets and public capital impact the market?
        • Why co-investing and diversification is imperative to a successful long-term strategy
        • What infrastructure exists for the secondary trading market?  What is being developed?
        • How does a secondary buyer diligence the opportunity?
        • What are typical gains for the original buyers when the credit is sold to a secondary buyer?
        • How do you price your book?
        • Will we see a marketplace where shares of already funded cases are traded?
        • What do you do with the “zombies” that sit in your book?
        • Is an increase in syndications on the horizon?
        • Exploring typical financial relationships co-investment situations
        • Is the market ripe for securitizations?


      Small Group Meeting: Women in Litigation Finance

      • How can the Litigation Finance industry attract more women leaders? This small group meeting will explore best practices for mentoring and talent search, developing plans that encourage opportunities for growth, how to manage issues with return to the office vs. work from home scenarios, and understanding the concrete reasons as to why it’s more important than ever to be a diverse and inclusive organization. 



      Underwriting and Valuations: How Does a Funder Judge the Merits of a Portfolio?

        • The underwriter’s role in the process of due diligence and case analysis
        • Hands on approaches vs. completely automated
        • Evaluating risks (collection and economic) and potential lawsuits associated with a portfolio
        • How do underwriters assess the strength of evidence and credibility of witnesses in a portfolio?
        • Considering the structure of the return in order to fully evaluate the financial risk and reward
        • Understanding damages to investment ratio
        • Factors that affect the duration of the litigation


      Does Transparency and Disclosure Bring Accountability?

        • What reforms are on the horizon for disclosure requirements?
        • Regulations and decisions regarding disclosure: Is it to a funder’s advantage to disclose? 
        • Does the market need more rules to prevent abuses of the legal system?
        • Exploring court-ordered disclosures


      Case Study: The Anatomy of a Defaulted Loan



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    London, England, EC3N 2LB
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