July 25, 2022

Katch Investment Group have hired Felix Curtis as Director of Litigation Finance. Felix was previously at Harbour for three years as an associate director in the investment team. Katch have committed £80m to a number of litigation finance investments over the past year. Katch are looking to expand and diversify its portfolio, and continue to produce strong returns to its investors.
Michelle Eber of Validity Finance reports that Chief Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas recently adopted a majority rule by denying a motion to compel production of litigation funding documents and notes that defendants that continue to demand discovery into litigation funding documents do so against a growing body of caselaw holding that such disclosure is improper.
Max Odenthal of Gordian Special Assets explores how the due diligence processes of enforcement funders differ from those of "traditional" funders focusing on pre-judgment cases and explains how each can benefit from each other’s expertise at the due diligence phase, potentially as a precursor for collaboration throughout the lifecycle of an investment.
Southeast Asia's inability to escape the legacy of European colonialism is on show once again, with a French arbitrator insisting that Malaysia owes billions of dollars under a land lease agreement dating back a century and a half between a vanished sultanate and a defunct British trading house in a case that, according to the Financial Times, is being backed by litigation funder Therium.

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