Burford Capital surpasses $100 million in Equity Project commitments

Burford Capital has surpassed $100 million in Equity Project commitments.

The Equity Project first launched in October 2018 with $50 million earmarked to back commercial matters led by women. After having committed more than that amount by December 2020, Burford announced an expansion of The Equity Project in October 2021, earmarking a further $100 million, broadening The Equity Project’s mission to promote both racial and gender diversity in law, and pledging to contribute a portion of its profits from successfully resolved phase two Equity Project matters to organizations that promote development for female and racially diverse lawyers on its clients’ behalf.

As of February 28, with more than half of phase two funds committed, Burford has now made more than $100 million in cumulative commitments to Equity Project matters.

Aviva Will, Co-COO of Burford Capital and leader of The Equity Project initiative, said: “We are delighted by the overwhelming response to phase two of The Equity Project, particularly from corporate clients, and that’s reflected in the fact that we have crossed this significant milestone in a short period of time. The Equity Project is core to Burford’s culture and a part of our daily work, and we look forward to committing the remaining funding soon.

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