LITIGATION FUNDING FORUM
Why You Should Attend
April 4, 2019 in New York City
By Mark A. York
(MASS TORT NEXUS MEDIA) Whether you’re active in litigation funding or a firm exploring outside capital sources to fund your practice, the Litigation Funding Forum April 4th in New York City is where you should be.
Mass Tort Nexus has been invited by DealFlow to meet and discuss the most current issues as well as the forecast for litigation funding in law firm business models. We will be meeting with key members of the industry and asking how the funding world may impact mass torts and other practice areas at law firms.
This includes looking at parties who demand oversight and disclosures to the court when outside capital is used to fund a docket, [not needed from a personal perspective] but there are also those that are demanding more open disclosure. Certain courts including Federal Judge Dan Polster in the Opiate Prescription Litigation MDL 2804, now require firms in that litigation to file disclosures when they are using outside capital to fund their litigation, and this view is being pushed by more defense firms who claim this is needed to show outside interests are involved in ongoing litigation.
This may be a unique trend that goes away once all involved see that securing capital investment in any type of ongoing business is often required for any number of reasons from infrastructure development to business expansion – and why a law firm securing funding from a third party should be viewed any differently seems to be not only intrusive but as interfering with a private business matter. This is an evolving area that may or may not become more open to discussion or it may simply become a non-issue as the parties realize that litigation funding is a regular part of the legal world these days.
Litigation funding is an increasingly popular way to finance the high cost of a legal action, whether as plaintiff or defendant. Lawyers at the highest ranks of the legal profession are updating their toolkits to perform work in litigation funding, while financiers raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fuel demand.
In an uncertain and complex regulatory environment, The Litigation Funding Forum 2019 is your single greatest resource for getting up-to-the-moment information from the brightest minds in the business.
Groups attending this event include:
- Specialty Litigation Investment Funds
- Law Firms
- Accounting and Financial Advisory Firms
- Corporate Counsels
- Brokerage Firms
- Hedge Funds
- Private Equity Firms
- Pension Funds and Endowments
Why Funding May be Needed
Litigation funding offers significant benefits in terms of financial reporting and operations. Funding solutions can create immediate improvements in cash flow, bring greater certainty over forecasts of legal expenditure and divert valuable resources into revenue-generating areas of the business. Critically, third-party funding can enable a law firm to pursue cases that it would not otherwise pursue due to budget constraints, at zero risk and at zero cost.
Generally, these are the financial concerns when expanding a practice, the last three often require outside capital.
- Executive Summary
- Company Description
- Market Research
- Service/Product Description
- Management & Operational Infrastructure
- Marketing & Sales Strategy
- Financials (Bottom Line)
Seeking a reliable source for capital investment makes sense if there’s a viable model and a plan to enter into a mass tort program or other specialty practice area. Law firms that use outside funding lee experience increases in their chance of success based on the ability to move faster and develop a timely docket, once capital funding is in place. Often banks and certain investors will keep their wallets closed unless they can see a well-planned and structured method of attack and a stellar credit rating as they are not in the business of working with law firms entering or expanding in to a new practice area. That’s why a fund or capital group that focuses on the legal is now an accepted source of expansion capital or to support and existing firm’s practice.
How Firms Use New Capital:
- Marketing Campaigns
- Website launch
- Social media activity
- Lead list building
- Customer retention efforts
- Potential consumer loyalty programs
- Intake and verification
- Securing your docket
- Managing case docket once filed
What the Defense is Saying:
- Outside funding views from the defense bar and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have called for a nationwide disclosure rule that would lift the veil on the details of litigation finance agreements and reveal the identities of the funders. But the effort has been unsuccessful so far.
- Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, wrote in a June 2017 letter that not having a disclosure rule lets funders “continue to operate in the shadows, concealing from the court and other parties in each case the identity of what is effectively a real party in interest that may be steering a plaintiff’s litigation strategy and settlement decisions.”
For more information on the Litigation Funding Forum in New York City this week contact:
Charlie— Charlie@dealflow.com 516 876 8006 ex 20
TKP CONFERENCE CENTER
APRIL 4, 2019
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