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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Frankfurt, 17 March 2017
The DAJV Working Group Day discussed inter alia New Approaches to Attorney Remuneration and Financing in International Litigation/Arbitration on both sides of the Atlantic in times of Digitalization. Calunius partner Christian Stuerwald joined senior practitioners in a panel discussion about this topic. Click on the headline to access the full programme.
An arbitral tribunal in the case of Stans Energy v Kyrgyz Republic has issued an award favourable to the claimant on a number of jurisdictional objections that had been raised by the respondent state in the underlying UNCITRAL proceedings. A press release of the company can be accessed by clicking on the headline.
Calunius announces the closing of the Calunius Litigation Risk Fund 3 LP at a total of £100 million of capital. Calunius now advises funds totalling more than £200 million investing in large scale commercial litigation and arbitration assets.
Calunius is also delighted to announce the recruitment of Christiane Deniger as Senior Case Assessor. Christiane was most recently a senior associate at a well known international law firm. Click on the headline to access the full press release.
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