Bentham IMF is the US arm of IMF Bentham Limited (ASX: IMF), one of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world, and one of only two Chambers and Partners “Band One” litigation funding companies in the US, with a portfolio that has a total claim’s estimated recoverable amount of $5.6 billion AUD. The companies have 14 offices throughout the world and provide funding to clients in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. They have funded to completion 184 cases in the past 17 years, generating $2.3 billion AUD in recoveries and achieving a 90% success rate, with their clients retaining an average of 61% of all case proceeds.
Validity is a commercial litigation finance company that provides businesses, law firms and individuals with non-recourse financing for a wide variety of commercial disputes. Founded in 2018 with $250 million in financing, Validity believes that capital and legal expertise combine to help solve legal problems on behalf of clients. Validity’s’ mission is to make a meaningful difference for clients by focusing on fairness, ethics, innovation, and clarity.
John Harabedian is an Associate Investment Manager, Legal Counsel in Bentham's Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the Bentham team, John was a prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, where he conducted over a hundred preliminary hearings and served as the sole prosecutor on six trials to verdict. Earlier in John's career, he practiced as a litigator at Latham & Watkins LLP, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and securities litigation.
John graduated from Yale University, and received his M.Sc. from Oxford University. After receiving his J.D. from Stanford Law School, John served as a law clerk to Judge Josephine Staton of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. John served as Mayor of Sierra Madre during the 2014-2015 term, and was re-elected to the City Council in April 2016 for another four-year term.
Julia Gewolb is Validity’s Director of Underwriting. Working across the organization, Julia is responsible for ensuring an effective review process to evaluate case merits during the diligence phase of the litigation investment. With her background in complex commercial litigation, she additionally helps offer legal advice on investments to the entire Validity team.
Prior to Validity, Julia was Legal Counsel at Bentham IMF in New York and a litigation attorney at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in New York, where her practice included litigation in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, securities, contract, trusts and estates, and constitutional law. She has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants at trial. In 2015, Super Lawyers Magazine named Julia a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation.