Omni Bridgeway appoints new Global Head of Portfolio Management

Omni Bridgeway has announced the appointment of Mark Wells as Global Head of Portfolio Management.

Mark Wells brings extensive experience in valuing legal and other contingent assets from a trading and investment perspective. Before joining Omni Bridgeway, he co-founded litigation funder Calunius Capital in 2006 where he was Managing Partner. Previously, Mark spent nearly two decades in derivatives trading and structuring at major banking institutions including JPMorgan/Chase and Toronto Dominion.

Based in Omni Bridgeway’s London office, Mark will be responsible for further developing Omni Bridgeway’s global fund and capital management strategy and head the global pricing and financial structuring team.

Commenting on the announcement, Raymond van Hulst, Executive Director, said, “I am delighted to welcome Mark Wells and further expand our London footprint with a hire of his calibre. Over more than three decades, Omni Bridgeway has become one of the most respected and trusted names in international dispute resolution. We highly value experience and expertise and his 15 year successful track record in the industry make Mark Wells a terrific addition to our team.

On his appointment, Mark Wells said, “I am delighted to join Omni Bridgeway at a time of continued growth, particularly in the EMEA region. I look forward to working closely with a team I have long considered a pioneer of the industry and further advancing the application of innovation financing structures to dispute finance.

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