Craig Arnott is a Managing Director with responsibility for leading Burford’s underwriting and investment activities in the UK, continental Europe, Asia and Australia, and since joining Burford, he has overseen its growth across these regions. He writes regularly on legal finance and is quoted by the media in coverage of the category.
Prior to joining Burford, Craig advised the company while serving as barrister at Sixth Floor Selborne and Wentworth Chambers in Sydney. Before being called to the Bar, he was a Partner and Head of Competition/Antitrust Law in London at the international firm Fried Frank. During his time at Fried Frank, Craig oversaw many significant deals, serving as counsel to the pharmaceuticals company Merck in its acquisition of Schering-Plough and as European Counsel to Delta & Pine Land during its acquisition by Montsanto. Before his time at Fried Frank, Craig worked at Cravath in New York, Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and Ashurst in London.
Craig earned his BCL and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he is an alumnus of Ballilol College and a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated at the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in both his Law and Arts degrees, with the University Medals in both. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Pincus of the Federal Court of Australia.
Craig and the Burford team I have worked with are, without any shadow of a doubt, the most outstanding litigation finance company in the world. Their integrity, professionalism and legal skill are second to none. Any legal directory would be mad to have anyone other than Burford right at the top of this legal category QC,
Band 2 - UK Litigation Funding, Chambers and Partners 2019
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