Antitrust claims are among the most complex, expensive and high-stakes commercial cases. The legal talent needed is highly specialized, and significant out-of-pocket expenses may be incurred even at very early stages of the litigation. Expert witnesses play a particularly important role, and the need to retain them early on is typically critical to alleging a well-pleaded and sustainable complaint.
What we do
Legal finance is an essential tool given the high cost and complexity of antitrust matters—and even more so as the Department of Justice continues to crack down on anti-competitive behavior in the US and changing laws in the UK and Europe make it increasingly more feasible for meritorious cases to be brought.
Burford has a 10-year track record of providing capital to companies and to law firms engaged in antitrust litigation. We provide financing on a single-case as well as multiple-case portfolio basis.
Companies seeking to recover significant damages benefit from portfolio-based capital facilities that provide ready access to cash to finance litigation. They can also monetize pending awards and thereby advance significant cash while removing the risk of loss.
Law firms use financing to expand high-value antitrust practices, and portfolio-based arrangements are particularly powerful in this regard. For example, €30 million in financing enabled global claimants’ law firm Hausfeld to represent clients in competition litigation in Germany, where contingency arrangements are prohibited.
How we help
- Fund legal fees and expenses at any stage
- Enable clients to work with firm of choice and manage high expert and expense costs
- Create portfolio-based capital facilities that unlock significant capital to fund recovery efforts
- Equip firms to develop antitrust portfolio and enhance new business efforts
- Monetize value of pending claims
With the most permanent capital, Burford is the preferred financing partner for antitrust—which requires a financing partner with the resources to be a reliable and aligned partner for the long term.
Our team has significant experience in the US and the UK, both from having reviewed hundreds of antitrust matters as well as previous in-house experience at Fortune 50 companies and leading global law firms.