2020 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance

Legalist CEO, COO, General Counsel Named to Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance

Katrina Dewey
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We’re proud to publish the 2020 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Finance.

This is our inaugural guide dedicated to the role of legal finance in law firms worldwide. We bring together pioneers of litigation finance, who’ve helped build this field for decades alongside young stars bringing technological tools to better funding assessment and results.

Litigation finance offers lawyers and clients the ability to seek justice that would otherwise not be attainable, while offering a lifeline in portfolio funding to law firms. As influencers on the legal profession go, it’s impossible to overstate the role of litigation finance.

We began recognizing outstanding litigation funders five years ago, and included them in our first four guides to top legal consultants and advisors. As funds have professionalized and grown to be key strategic relationships in global litigation, we recognized it was time for deeper reporting on this critical arena. As with all our guides, we relied on journalistic reporting, lawyer input, and vetting by clients and peers.

Headwinds buffeted the industry in the past 18 months, including the Muddy Waters inquiry on industry-leader Burford. Also of note are the acquisition of Vannin Capital by Fortress Investment and tie-up of IMF Bentham and Omni Bridgeway.

We’ve also included 10 Advisors to the Legal Finance Industry for a snapshot of the nascent field of brokers, attorneys, and others amassing to guide lawyers through the legal finance field.

See the full list of honorees on Lawdragon's website, which includes Legalist's CEO & co-founder Eva Shang, COO & co-founder Christian Haigh, and General Counsel Curtis Smolar.