Litigation Funding (7)

Written by Matthew Oxman, LexShares VP of Business Development | Jul 19, 2017 8:27:58 AM | 0 Comments

Litigation Finance: The Advantages of a Well-Capitalized Plaintiff

By Matthew Oxman, LexShares VP of Business Developement. Matthew can be reached at matthew.oxman@lexshares.com.

In recent years, litigation costs have been spiraling upward at a blistering rate.  Since the 2008 financial crisis, billing rates at top law firms have increased 3-4% per year, greatly outpacing the rate of inflation in the broader U.S. economy.  In 2015, law firm revenue increased 4%, despite a demand increase of just 0.5%.  The average rate for top partners now sits at $875/hr, over 25% higher than it was just 5 years ago.[1]

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance, Legal System

Written by LexShares Team | Apr 4, 2017 11:48:53 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 | Feb 28, 2017 10:22:05 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 | Jan 30, 2017 4:40:35 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 | Jul 13, 2016 11:50:52 AM | 0 Comments

Diversification, Uncorrelated Assets, and Litigation Funding

Financial advisors have always stressed the importance of mitigating risk by diversifying portfolios through investment in a wide range of uncorrelated assets. Nowhere is this point illustrated more saliently than in times of great market volatility, such as the 2007-2008 financial market crisis and the recent short-term volatility following the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote, where value slowly accumulated over the course of many years can evaporate in a span of minutes. Such instability heralds a heightened opportunity for both risk and reward; whether the latter is worth the former, however, largely depends on an investor's temperament and financial goals.  Those who can ill afford a rapid depreciation in the value of their portfolios may be wise to heed the call for diversification.

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Topics: Litigation Funding, Diversification, Investing

Written by LexShares Team | Jun 29, 2016 5:00:12 PM | 0 Comments

Resources Matter When Bringing Investment Fraud Lawsuits

By far, the most valuable commodity in an investor’s portfolio is trust.  All successful investors trade in it.  Trust in company financial reporting, executive statements, brokerage advice, and other public sources of information underlies every purchase, sale, and exchange.  Any party with first-hand, confidential knowledge of a company’s workings is barred from trading in its stock or securities due to the unfair competitive advantage such insider knowledge provides; instead, they, like all investors, must rely on the even playing field of public information provided by others.  As a result, executives and those in positions of authority can do a great deal of damage when they breach that trust by engaging in unscrupulous practices such as giving investors misleading or outright false information, exploiting inside trading, or even embezzling funds.

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Investment Fraud

Written by LexShares Team | Dec 2, 2014 9:15:00 AM | 0 Comments

Litigation Finance and the U.S. Legal Industry

The U.S. legal industry is vast. The combined value of all verdicts, settlements, attorneys’ fees, and billings for non-lawyer legal services would easily eclipse the GDP of Switzerland. Within its courtrooms each year are tens of millions of cases – a good proportion of the civil docket comprised of torts and commercial lawsuits – and hundreds of billions of dollars change hands. Attorneys occupy a dichotomized position within the sector, both celebrated and hated for their important role in the legal system. Arbitration, settlement, and other out-of-court forms of resolution represent a substantial proportion of tort and commercial claims – as much as 40 percent by some estimates – that are never formally initiated, and thus unfold in addition to courtroom statistics. A market of this staggering size and magnitude cannot help but offer a compelling investment proposition.

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Topics: Financing Lawsuits, Litigation Funding, Litigation Finance, Legal System