ILFA appoints Gary Barnett as Executive Director and General Counsel

The International Legal Finance Association (ILFA) has appointed Gary Barnett as Executive Director and General Counsel. Launched 12 months ago, ILFA is the first-ever global association devoted to the growing commercial legal finance industry. Previously at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Barnett served in various roles since 2017, most recently as Senior Counselor to the Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General. Barnett also served as the DOJ’s Acting Director in the Office of Victims of Crime and Acting Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. Prior to joining the DOJ, he was the Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. Barnett received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. in History and Economics from Boston University. Read more.

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ILFA Names New Chairman, Board of Directors, and Executive Committee

The International Legal Finance Association (ILFA) has announced its new board of directors, its chairman, and the executive committee. Gary Barnett, Executive Director of ILFA, welcomed Neil Purslow, who co-founded Therium, as the new Chairman. The Executive Committee Officers include: Christopher DeLise of Delta Capital, Susan Dunn of Harbour Litigation Funding, Jack Neumark of Fortress Investment Group LLC, Andrew Saker of Omni Bridgeway and Marcel Wegmüller of Nivalion.

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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.

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Responses continue to come in on the Australian draft exposure bill

Responses continue to come in on the Australian draft exposure bill relating to litigation funding and the regulation of the Australian class action industry. The International Litigation Finance Association argues that the tight seven-day consultation period for this bill confirms that those who are pushing for these regulations do not want to engage in any meaningful consultation and their objective is to cut off funding of Australian class actions and create procedural hurdles, red tape and costs that make all class actions harder, longer, and costlier to run against large institutions.

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