‘They’re lying’: Muddy Waters retaliates as Burford ramps up stock manipulation claims

‘They’re lying’: Muddy Waters retaliates as Burford ramps up stock manipulation claims

The acrimony between Burford Capital and Muddy Waters has shown no signs of abating, with the litigation funder enlisting Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to chase the identities of traders who allegedly manipulated its shares.

Quinn partner Richard East (pictured) submitted a statement to the High Court on behalf of Burford on Monday (30 September) which argued that the decline in the litigation funder’s share price was the result of ‘unlawful trading activity’. As a result, Quinn formally asked the High Court to obligate the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to reveal the identities of those placing orders and on whose behalf the orders were being placed. Continue reading “‘They’re lying’: Muddy Waters retaliates as Burford ramps up stock manipulation claims”

Mud sticks to Burford amid intense row but dispute funders’ rise looks assured

Mud sticks to Burford amid intense row but dispute funders’ rise looks assured

‘Throw enough mud at a wall, and some of it will stick,’ the proverb says. But since US investor Muddy Waters published a scathing attack on third-party litigation funder Burford Capital on 7 August, the muck-slinging has not stopped.

The charges in the 25-page report were devastating. Having labelled Burford a ‘poor business masquerading as a good one’, and suggesting the company was ‘already insolvent’, more than £1bn was wiped off the listed funder’s value. Five days later, Burford enlisted Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Morrison & Foerster to pursue claims of illegal market manipulation. Continue reading “Mud sticks to Burford amid intense row but dispute funders’ rise looks assured”

Vannin Capital ends flotation plans after acquisition by private equity house Fortress

Vannin Capital ends flotation plans after acquisition by private equity house Fortress

High-profile litigation funder Vannin Capital has been acquired by private equity house Fortress almost a year after shelving its planned initial public offering (IPO) due to market volatility.

The buyout sees Fortress acquire 100% of the equity in Vannin from existing shareholders, including majority owner Bramden investments, with private equity backing now preferred over a significant public raising. Continue reading “Vannin Capital ends flotation plans after acquisition by private equity house Fortress”

Controversy surrounds Burford as executive is accused of trading documents for sex tape

Controversy surrounds Burford as executive is accused of trading documents for sex tape

An executive at under-fire Burford Capital has been accused of unlawfully exchanging confidential documents for a sex tape in a lawsuit filed at the High Court in London, adding another battle for the litigation funder.

In the lawsuit, the company’s co-head of its global corporate intelligence, asset tracing and enforcement business, Daniel Hall, is alleged to have provided sensitive documents obtained while working for a shipping client. Hall allegedly swapped the documents for video material of a sexual nature, relating to American billionaire Harry Sargeant III, whose assets he was investigating on behalf of another client. Continue reading “Controversy surrounds Burford as executive is accused of trading documents for sex tape”

Sponsored briefing: With great funding comes great responsibility!

Sponsored briefing: With great funding comes great responsibility!

Jacqueline Young from Augusta Ventures discusses the challenge litigation funders face to balance support for access to justice with more commercial considerations

We operate in a strong and growing legal environment. The UK legal services industry is going from strength to strength. A recent report valued the market at £35bn in 2018, with growth forecast at 5% in the coming years. Continue reading “Sponsored briefing: With great funding comes great responsibility!”

Vannin Capital shelves IPO as volatile market knocks Aston Martin and Funding Circle listings

Vannin Capital shelves IPO as volatile market knocks Aston Martin and Funding Circle listings

High-profile litigation funder Vannin Capital has shelved its planned initial public offering (IPO) only one month after announcing its intention to float, blaming volatile equity markets.

The move is a blow for the fast-growing litigation funder, which in September hired Allen & Overy veteran David Morley (pictured) as chair to spearhead the October listing, which would have seen £70m of new shares issued and some shares held by existing shareholders sold. Continue reading “Vannin Capital shelves IPO as volatile market knocks Aston Martin and Funding Circle listings”

Rosenblatt battles Brexit uncertainty in post-IPO financials as it launches litigation funder

Rosenblatt battles Brexit uncertainty in post-IPO financials as it launches litigation funder

In its first financial results since the £43m IPO in May, Rosenblatt has recorded a slight uptick in revenue and profit as it simultaneously launched its own litigation funding arm.

For the first eight weeks of its listed life, Rosenblatt generated £3m in revenue, compared to £2.6m for a two month average in the last financial year. EBITDA edged up from £0.9m to £1m on the same metric while profit before tax was also marginally up: from £0.8m to £0.95m. Continue reading “Rosenblatt battles Brexit uncertainty in post-IPO financials as it launches litigation funder”

‘Litigation finance is here to stay’: Former A&O senior partner Morley joins Vannin ahead of IPO

‘Litigation finance is here to stay’: Former A&O senior partner Morley joins Vannin ahead of IPO

Fast-growing litigation funder Vannin Capital has appointed former Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley as chair ahead of a planned IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

The company announced today (10 September) that it planned to issue £70m of new shares and sell part of the shares held by existing shareholders in a float expected to take place in October. Continue reading “‘Litigation finance is here to stay’: Former A&O senior partner Morley joins Vannin ahead of IPO”

Shepherd and Wedderburn secure ‘substantial eight figure’ Burford litigation finance deal

Shepherd and Wedderburn secure ‘substantial eight figure’ Burford litigation finance deal

UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has announced an eight figure sum portfolio-based litigation finance deal with Burford Capital for the first time to fund current and upcoming litigation the firm is handling.

The arrangement is the first to be offered by a top 100 UK firm with a litigation funder. City-headquartered Shepherd and Wedderburn has offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Continue reading “Shepherd and Wedderburn secure ‘substantial eight figure’ Burford litigation finance deal”

Court rejects landmark application for £14bn class action against MasterCard in Freshfields win

Court rejects landmark application for £14bn class action against MasterCard in Freshfields win

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has today (21 July) ruled against certifying one of the first US-style £14bn opt-out consumer damages antitrust class actions, against payment giant MasterCard, in what would have been the UK’s largest claim.

CAT president Mr Justice Roth ruled against allowing the collective proceedings application on grounds that potentially disparate groups of claimants could not form a single class action for the purposes of this claim, regardless of the means of payments used or the retailer from whom the purchase was made. Continue reading “Court rejects landmark application for £14bn class action against MasterCard in Freshfields win”