Burford Capital, the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law, announced that arbitration expert and legal finance industry veteran Mick Smith has joined as Principal in its London office. He will join over 40 colleagues in London, and more than 140 globally. Smith will focus predominantly on the continued expansion of Burford’s business in Europe and especially its industry-leading role in global arbitration matters.
Mick Smith co-founded Calunius Capital in 2006. Prior to this, he practiced law at Freshfields in both London and Madrid and was an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase, Credit Agricole Lazard and Dresdner Kleinwort. Smith earned a degree in Mathematics and Law at Cambridge University, followed by postgraduate study in Law. More recently, he has also completed MSc modules in Data Science and Mathematics.
Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital, said, “I’m delighted that Mick is joining Burford in a senior role to help with the continued growth of our European and arbitration businesses. Burford already has a $1.2 billion European portfolio and is the world’s largest arbitration funder, and we are excited about Mick growing those numbers further. I have known Mick for many years as a collaborator and friendly competitor and am very pleased that he has decided to join the world’s leading legal finance platform.”