Argo Partners is an investment firm with over 25 years of experience, specializing in purchasing potential future cash flows of distressed, often bankrupt, companies both in the private and public sectors. Litigation finance is a core business of the firm, which Argo offers to litigants and counsel in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy cases in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels.
Curiam Capital is a private investment firm that provides financing for high-value litigation. Curiam specializes in finding flexible and creative solutions that allow parties to hire the lawyers of their choice to pursue strong legal claims. The investment process with Curiam is thorough but straightforward and efficient. It is designed to ensure that claimants will enjoy substantial recoveries even after the cost of financing is considered. Curiam’s team has decades of experience working on some of the largest and most complex litigations in United States history. The majority external investor of Curiam is Michael Platt, the co-founder and CEO of BlueCrest Capital Management.
Bentham IMF is the Canadian arm of publicly listed IMF Bentham Limited (ASX: IMF), one of the most successful litigation funding companies in the world, with a portfolio that has a total claim’s estimated recoverable amount of $5.6 billion AUD. Together, our companies have 14 offices throughout Canada, Australia, UK, US, and Asia and provide funding to clients in jurisdictions including Canada, Australia, US, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. We have reviewed thousands of commercial cases in the past 17 years, funding to completion 179 cases and generating $2.3 billion AUD in recoveries. We have achieved a 90% success rate, with clients utilizing our funding retaining an average of 62% of all case proceeds.
Themis Legal Capital provides capital, risk management solutions and strategic support to companies engaged in large, meritorious, commercial legal disputes. The Themis principals and litigation advisory board members are seasoned professionals with extensive backgrounds in the most sophisticated aspects of commercial litigation and finance. Themis invests in situations in which the experience of its principals and litigation advisory board members provide particular insights into the dispute at hand and will add value to the dispute resolution process.
Ben leads litigation finance activities at Argo Partners, a distressed investment firm based in New York. Among his responsibilities are underwriting and sourcing investments in commercial and bankruptcy litigation at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. Ben is actively involved in the growing litigation finance industry, and frequently attends events nationwide to keep abreast of the latest developments affecting investors, attorneys, and litigants impacted by the field. Given Argo Partners’ rich history in the insolvency space, Ben also maintains an active network of bankruptcy professionals and participates in bankruptcy and receivership-related organizations. Prior to joining Argo Partners, Ben was a litigator at Jones Day and Bracewell, where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, including in bankruptcy and appellate litigation.
Molly Pease is a Managing Director at Curiam. Ms. Pease leads the day-to-day operations of the firm, while also supporting the firm’s business development efforts and the underwriting and monitoring of Curiam’s investments. Previously, Ms. Pease worked as Executive Director and General Counsel at two boutique law firms where she developed and implemented long-term business strategies in all aspects of firm management including financial analysis and reporting, business development and marketing, human resource recruitment and management, legal project management, and office operations. Ms. Pease began her career as a litigator with a focus on complex commercial and securities disputes on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Ms. Pease received her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Paul Rand is an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel in the Toronto office of Bentham IMF. He brings to the role more than 15 years of experience as a litigator, a manager of commercial litigation matters in-house, and most recently as counsel to clients on sophisticated financing transactions. At Bentham, Paul assesses investment opportunities involving commercial claims, and works with law firms and corporate groups looking to innovate in how they manage litigation assets and risks. Before joining Bentham, Paul was a member the capital markets team at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. He has also held in-house positions with Royal Bank of Canada.
Before co-founding Themis Legal Capital, Ed Reilly was a corporate partner with several international law firms, including Goodwin Procter; Morgan Lewis & Bokius and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae. Over the course of his career, he represented corporations and financial sponsors including prominent venture capital, mezzanine, private equity and hedge funds for more than 30 years.
Ed routinely acted as his clients’ de facto general counsel and advised them on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from the prosecution, defense and resolution of litigation and pre-litigation disputes to the structuring and closing of innovative financial transactions. During his tenure in private practice, Ed enjoyed leadership roles including rotations as a managing partner of a growing regional office, a member of a firm-wide administrative committee and the head of a firm’s international private equity initiative.
Since 2012 Ed has immersed himself in the Claim Based Funding business developing a sourcing network, collaborating on case evaluation and transaction structuring with established and emerging fund managers and contributing to academic efforts to promote best practices in the field.
Ed is admitted to the bar in New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Columbia University School of Law