Jonathan Barnes is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Woodsford Litigation Funding. Before leaving private practice, Jonathan enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the City of London as a transactional lawyer. In 2006 he joined longstanding client Woodsford Consulting – a business consultancy and Family Office of a wealthy European family – as a director and subsequently CEO. Jonathan co-founded Woodsford Litigation Funding in 2010 and has been central to its successful growth. Woodsford is a founder member of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales and Jonathan serves on its Board.
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Christopher Bogart is Chief Executive Officer, a director and a co-founder of Burford Capital, and also serves as a member of its Commitment Committee. He is one of the most frequently cited and sought-after experts in the field across the mainstream media and legal and financial press. Before co-founding Burford, Christopher was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Time Warner Inc. where he managed one of the largest legal functions in the world. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Ventures and one of four senior executives operating Time Warner Cable, with $9 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees, and as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Entertainment Ventures. Prior to Time Warner, Christopher was a litigator at law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
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Over the course of her more than 25 year career, Shannon has held senior positions at trade associations and in corporate affairs roles at large public and private companies. Shannon began her career on Capitol Hill, worked as a non-lawyer advisor at two major US law firms, and has advised and represented a diverse array of industries and interests. ILFA benefits from Shannon’s reputation for excellence in building and maintaining strategic relationships and alliances, and she brings the experience of two decades of legislative accomplishments to bear for ILFA and its members.
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Susan Dunn is co-founder of Harbour Litigation Funding and is one of the most experienced and well-known professionals in the funding sector. A pioneer of litigation funding in the UK, Susan has been sourcing and investing for over 15 years’ and during this time has provided significant input to the development of public policy. Susan was a founding member of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales, and continues to play an important role with this body. Susan has previously worked as a litigator in the UK and the US where she was also a diplomat (Vice-Consul Investment), for the British Government.
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William Farrell is Managing Director and General Counsel at Longford Capital, which he co-founded in 2011. He is an accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of complex litigation experience, including extensive trial and appellate experience in the United States as both a government prosecutor and as a partner in the commercial litigation departments of two prominent national law firms. William serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Baylor Law School teaching a course on litigation finance.
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David Gallagher is a senior vice president of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and co-head of the Litigation Investing team within the D. E. Shaw group’s Corporate Credit investment unit. In that capacity, Mr. Gallagher focuses on the sourcing, structuring, and underwriting of financings for complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, he was an investment manager and legal counsel at Bentham IMF, where he sourced and advised on funding opportunities in commercial lawsuits. Before that, Mr. Gallagher was senior litigation counsel in the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Mr. Gallagher graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A.in liberal arts, earned an M. Phil. in English literature from the University of Oxford, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Kevin McCaffrey is the Chief Executive Officer at Law Finance Group (“LFG”). LFG has been providing financing alternatives to law firms and their clients for over 25 years. Kevin is a seasoned finance executive having occupied leadership roles in equities and alternative investments at Citigroup and its predecessor firms. Kevin was on the Management Committees of Citi’s North American Equity Division, Global Alternative Investments and Global Research over the course of his tenure. Kevin built and managed the #1 ranked (Institutional Investor) U.S. Equity Research Department. Additionally, his investment experience includes board seats on Citi’s Asian Private Equity Funds and Managing Partner of Absolute Value LLC, a Citi Proprietary hedge fund.
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Hugh McLernon is an Executive Director of Omni Bridgeway where he oversees Special Projects for the company and applies his unparalleled experience and entrepreneurial talent to product innovation and business development. He is one of the founders of the contemporary third-party legal funding industry having pioneered the funding of large-scale litigation into Australia through ‘McLernon Group Limited’, prior to creating and listing IMF Bentham (now Omni Bridgeway) on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2001. Hugh remains at the vanguard of the industry and has continuously expanded litigation funding products, from funding insolvencies to funding of group claims, commercial disputes and arbitration.
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Leslie Perrin is the Chairman of Calunius Capital LLP, an office he has held since January 2009. Leslie was the Chairman of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales, for almost eight years from its establishment in November 2011 and in that capacity has been and remains deeply involved in the development of litigation funding as an international phenomenon. Leslie has more than 30 years' experience of litigation markets, having been successively head of litigation, managing partner and senior partner at international law firm, Osborne Clarke. One of his cases still holds the record for a UK jury award of defamation damages against an insured defendant. In other cases, he became recognised as one of the pioneers of group actions in the UK. For nine years until 2015, he acted part-time as the Senior Independent Director of DAS, the UK market leader in legal expenses insurance.
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Neil co-founded Therium in 2008 and is the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. A solicitor with over 22 years’ experience, he was previously Litigation Counsel in-house for Marsh & MacLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), prior to which he was in practice in the City of London with US firm Reed Smith and Withers. Neil has led investments in litigation and arbitration valued in excess of $15 billion, including many of the largest and most high-profile funded cases in the market. He is also a founding board member of the Association of Litigation Funders, the self-regulatory body for the industry in England and Wales and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and quoted in the media on issues related to the industry. Since it was first published in 2018, Neil has been consistently recognised as a leading individual in the litigation funding industry by Chambers and Partners. He gained an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 1995.
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Marcel Wegmüller is a co-CEO and a co-founder of Nivalion AG, also responsible for the firm’s Southern European and Overseas activities. He has longstanding and substantial experience in international disputes funding (both litigation and arbitration), having established and successfully led the first Swiss litigation funder before co-founding Nivalion AG. Previously, Marcel held for more than a decade various senior positions at Credit Suisse Group. He gained an MA in jurisprudence from the University of Zurich, is admitted to the Swiss bar and has completed executive programmes at INSEAD and the London Business School (LBS). Marcel has been recognised as a “Thought Leader in Third Party Funding” by Who’s Who Legal.
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