The Agenda


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The Litigation Funding Forum - April 4th, 2019

07:30 AM

Breakfast & Registration

08:50 AM

State of the Litigation Funding Market (Panel)

  • Latest trends in the litigation funding marketplace
  • Challenges facing legal counsel with litigation funding
  • Benefits to investors in litigation funding
  • Growth prospects in the marketplace: Leveling the legal playing field

John Kelly, Managing Director - Panelist

American Legal Finance Association

Jake Cantrell, Chief Credit Officer - Panelist

Armadillo Financial Partners

10:15 AM

Know the Law: Litigation Finance Regulation in the Pipeline (Presentation)

  • Key legislative developments pending across the United States
  • Forecasting the potential impact across commercial litigation funding

Eric Schuller, President - Speaker

The Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding

10:40 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM

Litigation Funding in Class Actions vs. Arbitration (Fireside Chat)

  • Securing Funds for class actions
  • Litigation funding for mandatory arbitration cases
  • FINRA & arbitration
  • Recovery and distribution of class action settlements vs. arbitration

Lisa Richman, Partner - Speaker

McDermott Will and Emery

11:50 AM

Comparison Shopping: What Counsel Should Look for in Identifying the Right Litigation Financing Firm for Their Clients (Panel)

  • Flexibility in deal structure, understanding the litigation funder’s economics
  • Speed to funding
  • Aligning funder expertise with unique legal cases
  • Determining funder reliability, funds held in reserve

12:35 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM

Litigation Funding in Patent & Intellectual Property Cases (Panel)

  • Patent/Intellectual property cases: a growing trend
  • High cost of patent cases makes them a natural fit for litigation financing
  • Identifying the right funder for the case

02:20 PM

Litigation Funding at a Crossroads: Regulation and Reponses (Presentation)

  • Presentation by Eric Blinderman, CEO of Therium Capital Management

Eric Blinderman, CEO - Speaker

Therium Capital Management (USA)

03:00 PM

Networking Break

03:15 PM

Evaluating New Funding Products from Litigation Financiers (Panel)

  • Litigation funding firms projected to double. More players = more competition
  • Explaining options to legal clients
  • Specialization: a growing financing trend

Michael Morris, Director - Panelist

Northleaf Capital Partners

Joshua Meltzer, Managing Director - Panelist

Woodsford Litigation Funding

04:05 PM

Originating Deal Flow: How Commercial Litigation Funders Source Investment Opportunities (Panel)

  • Massive investor demand for opportunities not tied to stock markets
  • Comparing litigation finance to other niche investment vehicles
  • Working with hedge funds and asset managers

Ian Cunningham, CEO - Panelist

Affiniti Finance Limited

04:55 PM

Ethical Issues for Attorneys Using Litigation Funding (Panel)

  • Litigation funding issues raised by the court systems
  • Critical regulatory and compliance issues
  • Do litigation funders exert too much influence over the cases they fund and settlements they will accept?
  • Is there adequate access to capital for funding lawsuits?

Tyler Maulsby, Counsel - Moderator

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

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