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David v Goliath

Up until now, most litigation funding opportunities have arisen in the huge litigation and arbitration markets serving the needs of small to medium sized claimant enterprises that have contractual and other disputes with much larger entities. Such claimants may be financially stressed or even technically insolvent, sometimes as a direct result of the behaviour of the defendant; others may simply feel themselves to be incapable of mustering the fire power of their better resourced opponents. All will seek the support of a well-resourced litigation funder to equalise the parties’ firepower.

Perhaps the best examples of this section of the market come from the world of in bilateral investment treaty arbitration where claimants are almost invariably “Davids” because “Goliath” (the respondent state) has expropriated their assets. The prospect of a fiercely fought and complex arbitration struggle over several years against a respondent state deploying effectively unlimited resources, surely stresses to extinction the risk appetite of even the most enthusiastic claimant. The same ought logically apply to the most complex commercial litigation. These are situations that cry out for Litigation Funding in contexts where Calunius Capital has particular expertise.

 

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Calunius news and media

Chambers and Partners Ranking of Litigation Funders

May 2018

Calunius is pleased to be ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers and Partners guide for providers of legal capital, and to be recognized as a 'highly respected funder with a "good team" and a long history in the funding space'. Please click on the link to access the full guide.

IV Arbitration Open 2018

Madrid, 10 May 2018

Calunius' co-founder Mick Smith was 'Talking Arbitration' with eminent members of the arbitration community at the Open de Arbitraje 2018. Please click on the headline to access the full programme for the event.

Calunius supports claims against VW in Austria

April 2018

Calunius is pleased to be working with COBIN in its efforts to obtain compensation from the Austrian courts for owners of Volkswagen diesel cars who have suffered loss as a consequence of the emissions scandal. COBIN has launched pilot proceedings already and plans to bring further proceedings in due course. Please click on the headline for a recent media article (in German) about the project.

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