About the Forum

The litigation finance industry has finally come of age as evidenced by the growing percentage of lawsuits that are being brought to funders as opposed to the bygone days when funders had to actively pursue cases. Legal firms and Corporate General Counsels are using litigation finance as a form of risk management across their case portfolios while hedge funds and private-equity firms are deepening their involvement in big-ticket legal cases by lending money to law firms for litigation finance purposes. Funding from these alternative lenders is necessary in today’s legal system in order to take on the Goliath’s with unlimited budgets. Taken together, all signs indicate a harbinger of a fledgling cottage industry that is slowly but surely being woven into the fabric of the American legal system. Any nascent legal/financial instrument such as litigation finance will naturally engender questions, concerns and even outright confusion.

Our mission for this event is to provide a forum of understanding and appreciation for this newly evolving asset class whose returns are uncorrelated with movements in the equity, bond and commodities markets and where real legal justice can be achieved between the David’s with limited budgets and the Goliath’s with limitless budgets.

Actionable Insights

Master the art of transforming Litigation Finance into an alternative financing model applicable for big and small law firms alike.

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Hear from some of today’s most compelling and sought-after innovators & pioneers from global brokerages, corporate claimants, institutional investors, law firms, and litigation funds.

1:1 Deal Maker Opportunities

Connect 1:1 with global investors specializing in the financing of litigation and arbitration cases.

MEET OUR 2019 ADVISORY BOARD & SPEAKERS

We’ve brought together some of today’s most innovative and cutting edge leaders to share the insights you need to hear.

Check back regularly to discover new Advisors & Presenters as we continue to update the agenda.

Mark Beckett
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Mark Beckett

Partner

Cooley, LLP

Amal Bouchenaki
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Amal Bouchenaki

Partner

Herbert Smith Freehills

Alfred R. Fabricant
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Alfred R. Fabricant

Partner, Chair Intellectual Property Litigation U.S.

Brown Rudnick, LLP

Michael Guzman
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Michael Guzman

Partner

Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick

Luke Tucker Harrison
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Luke Tucker Harrison

Lead Partner

Debenhams Ottaway

Jess Heenan
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Jess Heenan

Business Development Lead

Herbert Smith Freehills

Nicholas F. Kajon
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Nicholas F. Kajon

Co-Chair Litigation Finance Group

Stevens & Lee

Adam J. Levitt
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Adam J. Levitt

Co-Founding Partner

DiCello Levitt & Casey

Jonas McDavit
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Jonas McDavit

Partner

Desmarais LLP

Reed S. Oslan, P.C.
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Reed S. Oslan, P.C.

Partner

Kirkland & Ellis

Lisa Richman
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Lisa Richman

Partner

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Charles D. Schmerler
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Charles D. Schmerler

Partner-Global Litigation Dept.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Selvyn Seidel
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Selvyn Seidel

Founder and Chairman

Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC

David Sochia
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David Sochia

Managing Partner

McKool Smith

AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE

*Agenda is subject to change.

Registration + Breakfast

Chairs’ Welcome + Opening Remarks

Supply & Demand Fundamentals of the Litigation Finance Market

Litigation Finance as An Alternative Financing Model for Law Firms: Big Law Roundtable

Networking Break

Litigation Finance as a Tool of Corporate Finance & Risk Management: The Corporate In-House General Counsel Roundtable

  • Paying for one’s litigation needs on a traditional hourly fee basis vs. sharing the risk/returns with the financier?

Networking Lunch

New Financing and Deal Structures to Spread Out Risk

  • Funding multi-case portfolios vs. one case at a time to minimize risk while achieving superior investment returns
  • Use case in funding defendants

Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Meritorious Deals? The Litigation Funders’ Roundtable

  • Is the litigation funding frenzy shrinking the opportunities and future returns of the asset class?

Networking Break

Litigation Financing Fund-Raising: The Investor (Family Office, Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Pension Fund and Foundation/Endowment) and Funder Perspective

  • Are the best opportunities oversubscribed?
  • With the abundant availability of financing and so much capital chasing the asset class, are investment returns being squeezed?
  • How are litigation fund managers finding quality of case inventory in a crowded global market?
  • Are there enough good litigation cases to go around?

Risk vs. Reward and Capital Flows: Funders’ Debate

  • Will the outsized investment returns achieved by the early movers be diluted as fewer meritorious cases receive funding resulting in greater risk to funders?
  • Self-Correction: When will the flow of capital dry up and what are the circumstances that will bring the situation about?

Funder Underwriting & Due Diligence Best Practices to Achieve Superior Return

  • Legal Merits
  • Deal Economics
  • Collection Risk
  • Duration of Case
  • Investment to Damages Ratio

Chairs’ Closing Remarks + Exercise

Networking Cocktail Reception

Registration + Breakfast

Chairs’ Welcome + Recap of Day 1

International Growth Opportunities for Litigation Finance: A Jurisdictional Analysis

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • India

Networking Break

The Use of Big Data & Algorithms to Select Winners and Losers

Operating in The Shadows but Seeking the Light: Disclosure Rules, Transparency Concerns & Ethical Considerations

  • Disclosure Rules
  • Regulatory Regime
  • Ethical Concerns
  • Lack of Transparenc

Litigation Funding: The Hot New Law Job

  • Attracting legal talent from elite law firms

Chairs’ Closing Remarks

Forum Concludes

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Senior executives from:

  • In-house Corporate Counsel including Associate General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel & General Counsel Partners
  • Big Law Firm Plaintiffs’ Attorneys
  • Big Law Defense Counsel
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers
  • Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Litigation and Arbitration Funders
  • Hedge Funds & Private Equity Firms
  • Foundations, Endowments, Corporate & Public Pension Funds
  • Compliance Officers including Directors of Compliance, Senior Directors of Compliance & Chief Compliance Officers

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INSPIRING SPEAKERS

250

EXPECTED DELEGATES

16

INSIGHTFUL SESSIONS

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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