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Justin Maleson of Longford Capital predicts even more widescale adoption and continued innovation in litigation funding over the next decade. He expects to see several states follow Arizona’s lead in allowing non-lawyer ownership of law firms and the continued development of defense funding offerings.
Brandon Baer of Contingency Capital, Fred Fabricant of Fabricant LLP, Michael Nicolas of Longford Capital and Andrew Woltman of Statera Capital reflect on the current state of the US litigation finance industry and the trends they are witnessing in the market, including increased requests from law firms and their clients for upfront capital and an increased demand from the insurance market to participate in litigation finance.
Chicago-based Longford Capital Management has raised $682 million for its third investment fund and has already committed $270 million to new investments in the fund. Fund III is the third private investment fund Longford has closed since the firm began operating in 2013, and its assets under management now exceed $1.2 billion. Fund III includes repeat investors from Funds I and II, as well as many new investors, attracting capital from state and municipal pension funds, university endowments, foundations, single and multi-family offices, and high-net-worth individuals.
Longford Capital Management, LP has announced that it has entered into a $50 million funding agreement with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to provide equity capital to fund attorneys’ fees and litigation costs, and to monetize the value of meritorious legal claims for Willkie’s clients involved in commercial litigation cases handled by lawyers based in Willkie’s Chicago office.

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