Photo of Ayse Yazir by Eli Meir Kaplan.

Photo of Ayse Yazir by Eli Meir Kaplan.

We’re delighted to introduce the 2023 Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Litigation Finance.

These professionals have changed the balance in disputes worldwide through financial wherewithal. Far from encouraging litigation, they have ensured cases can be fairly fought on both sides. They have developed products and markets that hone the battlefield and provide a true conduit to access to justice.

The world of litigation finance has come so far in a relative moment’s time – something like 20 years. That’s when Harbour’s Susan Dunn became one of the world’s first litigation funders setting forth to create a market that didn’t exist. And while what we’ll call background noise persists, fueled by growth pains at individual funders and the market, it’s best not to lose sight of the big picture. Billions upon billions of dollars are flowing into dedicated litigation funders worldwide, alongside growing divisions of massive private equity and other funds. Large firms increasingly rely on funders to finance their entire litigation portfolio, and spinoff firms are created routinely because of the availability of funding.

The heart and soul of litigation funding remains in London, where risk entrepreneurs are helping lawyers pay bills while developing secondary markets in litigation finance. It’s no accident that the longstanding ability of consumers to bring claims from fraud to anti-competition in U.S. courts is finding a hold throughout the world.

Our guide features the remarkable 20 or so trailblazers of litigation finance, alongside the booming talent coming from finance, law and insurance that are carrying it forward, including Ayse Yazir of Bench Walk Advisors. Also included here, designated with an asterisk, are esteemed members of the Lawdragon Hall of Fame.

We selected those recognized here through Lawdragon’s proprietary process combining journalistic research, peer vetting and submissions. Lawdragon is an advocate of inclusion in the legal profession, and this guide is 32 percent women and 17 percent inclusive.

First Name Last Name Firm Location
Cindy Ahn Longford Capital Chicago
Pierre Amariglio Tenor Capital New York
Craig Arnott Burford Capital London
Hasan Azizagaoglu Bench Walk Advisors London
Brandon Baer Contingency Capital New York
Jonathan Barnes Woodsford London
Jonathan Barnett Nivalion Vienna
Jim Batson Omni Bridgeway New York
Gavin Beardsell Omni Bridgeway Sydney
Isabelle Berger Nivalion Steinhausen
Matthew Blumenstein Statera Capital Chicago
Christopher Bogart Burford Capital New York
Stephen Bolster Litica London
Erik Bomans Deminor Luxembourg
Anastasia Bondarenko Fortress Investment Group Paris
Clive Bowman Omni Bridgeway Sydney
Fred Bowman Therium Capital London
Lisa Brentnall CASL Sydney
Simon Burnett Balance Legal Capital London
John Byrne Therium Capital London
Matthew Cantor Pretium New York
Marc Cavan Longford Capital Chicago
Wendie Childress Validity Finance Houston
Dai Wai Chin Feman Parabellum Capital New York
Allison  Chock Omni Bridgeway Los Angeles
Adrian Chopin Bench Walk Advisors London
Heather Collins Omni Bridgeway Sydney
Jeffery Commission Burford Capital Washington, D.C.
Tom Conlon Harbour London
Mike Cumming-Bruce Bench Walk Advisors London
Owen Cyrulnik Curiam Capital New York
Tom Davey Factor Risk Management London
Robin Davis Woodsford New York
Marla Decker Lake Whillans New York
James Delaney Erso Capital London
Christopher DeLise Delta Capital Partners Chicago
Brandon Deme Factor Risk Management London
Patrick Dempsey Burford Capital New York
Simon Dluzniak Therium Capital Melbourne
Kirstin Dodge Nivalion Steinhausen
Lee Drucker Lake Whillans New York
Joseph Dunn Fortress Investment Group New York
Susan Dunn Harbour London
Allen Fagin Validity Finance New York
Timothy Farrell Longford Capital Chicago
William Farrell Longford Capital Chicago
James Foster LCM London
Steven Friel Woodsford London
David Gallagher The Litigation Fund Los Angeles
John Garda Longford Capital Dallas
Alexander Garnier North Wall Capital London
Ian Garrard Innsworth Advisors London
Russell Genet Longford Capital Chicago
Adam Gerchen Gerchen Capital Partners Chicago
Julia Gewolb Validity Finance New York
Adam Gill GLS Capital Chicago
Tom Glasgow Omni Bridgeway Singapore
Stuart Grant* Bench Walk Advisors Wilmington
Laina Hammond Validity Finance Houston
Robert Hanna Augusta Ventures London
Lauren Harrison Law Finance Group Houston
Oliver Hayes Balance Legal Capital London
Louise Hird Therium Capital Melbourne
Chip Hodgkins Statera Capital Chicago
David Icikson Parabellum Capital New York
Rosemary Ioannou Fortress Investment Group London
Tets Ishikawa LionFish London
Charles Jeffery Harbour London
Sarah Johnson The D.E. Shaw Group New York
Aaron Katz Parabellum Capital New York
David Kerstein Validity Finance New York
David Killalea TRGP Capital New York
Mark King Harbour London
Stefan Kirsten KRD Kirsten. Risk & Disputes Düsseldorf
Thomas Kohlmeier Nivalion Munich
Lina Kolomoitseva LCM Brisbane
Zachary Krug Signal Capital Partners London
Christoph Kuzaj Therium Capital Düsseldorf
John Lazar Burford Capital London
Matt Lee Burford Capital Sydney
Alex Lempiner Woodsford Philadelphia
Chris Leonardo Gilbert Washington, D.C.
Joshua Libling Validity Finance New York
Andy Lundberg* Burford Capital New York
Jamison Lynch GLS Capital Chicago
Ellora MacPherson Harbour London
Ian Madej Asertis London
Hugo Marshall LCM London
Kim May CASL Sydney
Timothy Mayer LCM London
Kevin McCaffrey Law Finance Group New York
Ewen McNee Omni Bridgeway Sydney
Yasmin Mohammad Fortress Investment Group Paris
Patrick Moloney LCM London
Jonathan Molot Burford Capital Washington, D.C.
Siobhan  Moore CASL Sydney
Charlie Morris Woodsford London
Hassan Murphy TRGP Capital New York
Pip Murphy CASL Sydney
Rosie Murray Orchard Global Asset Management London
Jack Naylor Aristata Capitol London
Jack Neumark Fortress Investment Group New York
Angela Ni Parabellum Capital New York
Michael Nicolas Longford Capital Chicago
Stephen O'Dowd Harbour London
Emily O'Neill Deminor London
Akram Ojjeh Swiss Legal Finance Geneva
Quentin Pak Burford Capital Singapore
Kory Parkhurst Harbour Wichita
Mohsin Patel Factor Risk Management London
Molly Pease Curiam Capital New York
Michael Perich Lockton Chicago
David Perla Burford Capital New York
Rein Philips Redbreast Litigation Finance The Hague
Stuart Price CASL Sydney
Neil Purslow Therium Capital London
Robert Rothkopf Balance Legal Capital London
Michael Rozen TRGP Capital New York
Rob Ryan Aristata Capitol London
Nick Sage Bench Walk Advisors New York
Andrew Saker Omni Bridgeway New York
Charles 'Chad' Schmerler Pretium New York
Grant Schrader Law Finance Group San Francisco
Moshe Schwartz Parabellum Capital New York
Howard  Shams Parabellum Capital New York
Nicole Silver Validity Finance Washington, D.C.
Ajit Singh The Litigation Fund San Francisco
Sindhu Sivakumar Innsworth Advisors London
Emily Slater Burford Capital New York
Kristen Smith Omni Bridgeway Melbourne
Mick Smith Burford Capital London
Ben Smyth Therium Capital London
Cristina Soler Ramco Litigation Funding Barcelona
David Spiegel GLS Capital Chicago
Ruth Stackpool-Moore Omni Bridgeway Singapore
Tom Steindler Exton Advisors London
Tania Sulan Omni Bridgeway Adelaide
Ralph Sutton Validity Finance New York
Susanna Taylor LCM Sydney
Raymond Tellini Delta Capital Partners Chicago
Harshiv Thakerar Asertis London
Sean Thompson Parabellum Capital New York
Emily Tillett Burford Capital Hong Kong
Marjolein van den Bosch-Broeren Omni Bridgeway Singapore
Raymond van Hulst Omni Bridgeway Geneva
David Walker Deminor London
John Walker CASL Sydney
Ross Wallin Curiam Capital New York
Justin Ward LCM Sydney
Oliver Way Harbour London
Marcel Wegmüller Nivalion Steinhausen
Boaz Weinstein Lake Whillans New York
Wieger Wielinga Omni Bridgeway Amsterdam
Aviva Will Burford Capital New York
Katharine Wolanyk Burford Capital Phoenix
Andrew Woltman Statera Capital Chicago
Allen Yancy LexShares New York
Ayse Yazir Bench Walk Advisors London
Louis Young* Augusta Ventures London
Ella Zimmermann Swiss Legal Finance Geneva