Validity Finance Approaches Fourth Anniversary with New Key Hires and Promotions

Validity Finance has announced the arrival of three senior members to its team including a new portfolio counsel for investment review, a new corporate counsel and a first-time marketing officer. Validity has also announced the promotion of seven professionals in New York, Houston and Tel Aviv.

In Houston, Michelle Eber joins as portfolio counsel from Baker Botts, where she represented technology and energy clients in patent litigation matters. In New York, Abe Sutton arrives as corporate counsel from Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, where he practiced commercial and real estate law. And joining Validity as its chief marketing officer is John Neidecker, who previously led marketing and business development initiatives at several Am Law 100 firms.

“We’re delighted to add three superb line professionals to further scale up operations as we hit our fourth year in business,” said Validity founder and CEO Ralph Sutton. “Michelle Eber has substantial trial experience and command of the litigation market in Texas, which has become an important hub for our funding platform. Abe Sutton has a strong background in corporate and real estate transactions. And John Neidecker brings deep, sophisticated marketing and branding experience, making him a great fit for CMO as we further advance our national profile.”

Meanwhile, Validity has elevated seven of its team members to new positions within the company.  The new promotions include:

  • Laina Hammond – Managing Director, Senior Investment Officer
  • David Kerstein– Managing Director, Senior Investment Officer
  • Julia Gewolb– Chief Risk Officer
  • Wendie Childress– Investment Advisor
  • Joshua Libling– Director of Risk Analytics/Portfolio Counsel
  • Jason Listhaus– General Counsel
  • Eli Schulman– Senior Advisor

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