Ayse Lowe promoted to Global Head of Origination at Bench Walk Advisors

Ayse Lowe has been promoted to Global Head of Origination at Bench Walk Advisors.

Ayse joined Bench Walk Advisors in 2018 and has an outstanding reputation in the litigation funding industry, where she originates, underwrites, and monitors funding in various litigation sectors including international and commercial arbitration, insolvency, class actions and global litigation matters as well as law firm and corporate portfolio arrangements and defense funding.

Prior to joining Bench Walk Advisors, Ayse worked as a Technical Manager in Arthur J Gallagher’s dispute resolution team where she worked with international law firms and litigation funders around the world to deliver funding and insurance solutions. She has seven years senior technical underwriting experience with a global funder based in London, where she reviewed over 400 cases a year.

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New Fundings

Bench Walk to back Sears insolvency litigation

Counsel for the official committee of unsecured creditors of Sears Holdings is seeking court approval of a US $35 litigation funding facility with Bench Walk Advisors. Sears Holdings, the parent company of the iconic Sears retail brand, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2018. While under creditor protection, litigation was commenced by a restructuring subcommittee seeking over $2 billion in damages arising from certain pre-filing related party transactions. $25 million was set aside to cover the initial costs of the litigation, but these funds are now near exhaustion. In order to continue in the pursuit of the claims, a competitive process was initiated to secure additional funding. After several rounds of hard-fought and arm’s-length negotiations with Bench Walk and another funder, Bench Walk emerged as the winner.

In the News

Agenda for European Litigation Funding Conference announced

Brown Rudnick has released the agenda for its first annual European Litigation Funding Conference taking place on 17 May 2022 in London. The one-day conference has drawn big names from the international litigation funding market who will discuss topics such as opportunities and innovation in deal structuring, the rise of class actions and opportunities in Europe.

In the News

FX rigging claimants win bitter-sweet certification ruling

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) ruled last week that the collective action, FX Claim UK, brought by Phillip Evans, can be certified. However, it said this should be done on an opt-in basis only, rather than the opt-out basis on which the action had been filed – a ruling which Evans and his legal advisers Hausfeld intend to appeal. The claim is on behalf of investors damaged by the unlawful rigging of foreign exchange markets between 2007 and 2013. Bench Walk Advisors is backing the claim. 

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