Burford Capital is the largest legal finance company in the world. The firm assists clients involved in a broad range of disputes, including insolvency, securities and intellectual property matters, as well as international arbitrations. Its financing options include claims monetisation and portfolio finance arrangements.
"The team are graduates of top law schools who have worked at top law firms and really understand not just the business of litigation funding, but also the practise of litigation."
"They have an in-house asset tracing capability which is a real differentiator for them."
"They are incredibly rigorous in their analysis and assessments."
Christopher Bogart is a co-founder and chief executive officer of Burford Capital, and is one of the pioneers of the litigation funding industry in the USA. An impressed source says: "He has absolutely outstanding intellect and is an outstanding lawyer. I find it difficult to think of any litigation lawyer who has his legal acumen." The same source further remarks: "He understands the complexities of commercial litigation, including the risks and the rewards. He is always relentlessly focused on trying to get the best outcome."
Aviva Will is the co-chief operating officer at Burford Capital and one of the leading figures in the litigation funding industry. At Burford she launched the Equity Project, an initiative designed to address gender imbalances in law by providing a USD100 million fund for financing matters led by women. An interviewee says: "Aviva is very impressive. She is very experienced, very sensible and has very sound judgement. That is the most important thing you need in a litigation funder."
Phoenix-based Katharine Wolanyk is responsible for Burford’s intellectual property and patent litigation finance operation. She is described by a source as "a pioneer in the area." An attorney says that "she is a very smart and savvy person," while another commentator notes that "she is really well regarded in the industry."