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Written by LexShares Team | June 21, 2018 at 2:50 PM | 0 Comments

Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Litigation Finance

The following is a transcript of a live panel recorded at the IMN Conference: "Financing, Structuring and Investing in Litigation Finance" in New York City. It was moderated by Marcus Green (Director of Special Investments, Kobre & Kim), and the panel included Jay Greenberg (CEO, LexShares), Bill Evans (CEO, Alexa Capital), Owen Cyrulnik (Managing Principal, Curiam Capital) and Josh Meltzer (Managing Director, Woodsford Litigation Funding).

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Topics: Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance, Investing, Conference

Written by LexShares Team | April 27, 2018 at 10:19 AM | 0 Comments

Legalweek 2018: A Conversation About Legal Finance

The following is a transcript of a live panel recorded at the Legalweek 2018 Conference in New York. It was moderated by Jim McCarroll (Partner, Reed Smith), and the panel included Jay Greenberg (CEO, LexShares), Christy Searl (Director, Burford Capital), Gary Miller (Partner, Shook Hardy), and Paul Seeman (Chief Business Officer, UI Labs).

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Topics: Litigation Finance, Investing, Conference

Written by LexShares Team | October 10, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 Comments

Looking Beyond the Almighty Billable Hour: Alternative Fee Arrangements

As mindful of precedent as attorneys and the legal profession must be, change does not often come easily. For many, billing clients by the hour has become as much a staple of the practice of law as depositions and tassel loafers, such that generations of attorneys have been conditioned to measure productivity—both their own and a firm's as a whole—in the six-minute metrics of billable hours. As time marches on, however, so do clients' expectations, especially when it comes to industries that offer services rather than tangible products.

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Legal System, AFA, Alternative Fee Arrangements, Billable Hours

Written by LexShares Team | May 22, 2017 at 9:54 AM | 0 Comments

Eyeing the Beholder: Accounting for the Pivotal Role Judges Play in a Lawsuit

If the courtroom drama of a lawsuit could be reduced to the ever-shifting balance between Lady Justice's scales, the judge would be the fulcrum.  A judge maintains order over the proceeding and ensures that parties, witnesses, and counsel alike all follow proper procedures, safeguarding every party’s right to a fair trial.   At every trial, the judge decides each issue of law that arises.  Each time an attorney objects to a question, testimony, or piece of evidence, that attorney is asking the judge to determine, as a matter of law, whether the subject of the objection oversteps the bounds of admissibility under courtroom procedure and the rules of evidence.  In non-jury trials, a judge also serves as fact finder, determining whether the evidence presented suffices to establish the events and actions a party seeks to prove.  In trials where jurors decide the facts of the case, a judge instructs the jury on the laws that will guide its deliberations, and refines the scope of the facts under the jurors’ consideration.  In this way, just as a fulcrum keeps the scales aligned and supports equally the weight on each side, a judge personifies the level foundation upon which our legal system rests.

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Topics: Litigation Finance, Legal System

Written by LexShares Team | April 4, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 0 Comments

Making the Rain Fall (and Keeping It): Using Litigation Finance to Bring Your Cases With You to Solo Practice

It's a classic axiom applicable to nature and the traditional law firm structure alike: you eat what you kill.  While this adage, in its legal context, usually alludes to the heavily results-based reward structure of mainstay law firms, it also serves as a reminder to high-achieving attorneys at firms whose institutional costs or inefficiencies serve to dilute the actual volume of "rain" that finds its way into a rainmaker's pocket.  If an attorney—or the revenue from an attorney’s own clients—pull more than a fair share of weight on a firm's ledger, an attorney and his or her clients alike might be better served by cutting unneeded overhead and going [at] it alone. 

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance

Written by LexShares Team | February 28, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 0 Comments

How to Fund a Business Tort Lawsuit

As many daily headlines in the business sections of newspapers across the country will attest, business is not for the faint of heart.  Meticulously planned deals can fall through at the eleventh hour; partners may prioritize their own short-term gains over the long-term well being of the company; competitors could engage in smear campaigns meant to expand their base at any cost, even at the expense of good will others took decades to build.  When your business suffers unfairly from the misdeeds of third parties, sometimes the only recourse is to resolve the dispute in court. 

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance, business tort

Written by LexShares Team | January 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM | 0 Comments

4 Things Every Plaintiff Should Know About LexShares Litigation Finance

1.   Litigation finance from LexShares can help with your business or living expenses as well as cover out-of-pocket costs of litigation.

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Topics: Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance

Written by LexShares Team | October 4, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 5 Comments

Evolving Opportunities for Litigation Finance in Germany, Singapore, and Hong Kong

Mounting acceptance, availability, and reliance on litigation finance has made it progressively easier for claimants across the globe to obtain the funding they need to pursue their claims to just and equitable conclusions. While antiquated common law prohibitions like champerty and maintenance continue to render third-party funding unavailable in some venues, the tide appears to be shifting in favor of resource-strapped claimants. As evidenced by recent developments in jurisdictions like Germany, Singapore, and Hong Kong, many venues stand on the brink of opening themselves to litigation funding or witnessing rapid expansions in its availability due in large part to the market forces that have facilitated litigation finance’s widespread and fast-growing popularity on the global scale.

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Topics: Litigation Finance, International Opportunities

Written by LexShares Team | September 7, 2016 at 4:55 PM | 0 Comments

The Benefits of International Arbitration – and How Litigation Finance Can Help

Although used as a method of dispute resolution as far back as Plato's time, arbitration has grown into a 21st-century institution. Especially on the international scene, where claimants range from individuals to nation states to global commercial entities, arbitration offers a flexible, expedient, and cost-effective alternative to formal courtroom litigation. This is reflected in several of the largest arbitration institutes reporting their highest-ever numbers of cases filed in 2015, averaging between 10 to 22 percent increases over 2014 case numbers. 

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Topics: Litigation Finance, Arbitration

Written by LexShares Team | August 12, 2016 at 1:57 PM | 0 Comments

How Does Sharing Information with Litigation Funders Affect the Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Protection?

First explicitly recognized by the Supreme Court over 130 years ago in Hunt v. Blackburn1 and reaffirmed nearly a century later in Upjohn Co. V. United States2, the safeguards against discovery provided by the attorney-client privilege and attorney work-product protection have long been cornerstones of modern legal practice in the United States.3  While, as a general rule, attorney-related protections against disclosure are waived whenever protected information is disclosed by a client to a third party, a growing body of case law has developed to preserve those protections in situations where information or work product is shared with litigation funders. 

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Topics: Attorney-Client Privilege, Litigation Finance

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