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Chambers Ranks Longford Capital Among Top Litigation Finance Firms for Fifth Consecutive Year

CHICAGO, June 30, 2022 - Chambers and Partners ranked Longford Capital among the top litigation finance firms in the United States in its 2022 Chambers Litigation Support Guide. Chambers also ranked Longford co-founder and managing director Michael Nicolas and director Russell Genet among the best individual practitioners. This is the fifth consecutive annual recognition of Longford and Nicolas by Chambers; both have been included in Chambers’ rankings annually since its inaugural report on the industry in 2018.

Nicolas is responsible for portfolio management, including underwriting, investment selection, and the due diligence process. He is also a thought leader, speaking regularly at conferences and authoring articles on the industry. He is a former litigator and partner in the commercial litigation group of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, at which he represented companies involved in complex commercial disputes.

Genet is responsible for investment sourcing, underwriting and monitoring investments primarily involving intellectual property actions, such as inter partes reviews, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, and theft of trade secrets. He was a partner at Nixon Peabody, where he led the firm’s IP Litigation Practice Group, representing corporate clients defending and monetizing intellectual property rights in a wide array of industries.

Chambers bases its judgments on the facts of each firm (total capital, fund structure, leading investors, quality of management, track record, etc.), commentary from those who have worked with the firm, and the opinions of peers.

Among the first investment managers to provide litigation finance in the U.S., Longford Capital remains at the leading edge of commercial litigation finance and among the largest managers in the asset class, with $1.2 billion in assets under management. Longford is leading the evolution of litigation finance from single-case investments and post-judgment awards to law firm and corporate portfolios, claim monetization and insurance recovery matters, and is pioneering the use of insurance in collaboration with equity capital to best serve investors and litigants. It offers these and other capital solutions to Am Law 100 firms and litigation boutiques, private businesses and Fortune 500 corporations, universities, government agencies, and other entities that are involved in disputes with $25 million to more than $2 billion in controversy, funding cases in three broad areas of the law: commercial disputes, antitrust and trade regulation claims; and intellectual property actions.

“We are extremely gratified and appreciative of Chambers’ recognition,” said Nicolas. “Like everyone on the Longford team, we loved practicing law and working in the courtroom. Our responsibilities at Longford enable us to stay close to what we love about complex commercial litigation and our deep sense of ownership and pride drives us to ensure that no claim owner or counsel ever feels like just another brick in the wall. It is rewarding to know that we’ve earned and maintained the trust and high regard of our clients that has been reflected in Chambers’ survey.”

About Longford Capital

Longford Capital is a leading private investment company that provides capital to leading law firms, public and private companies, universities, government agencies, and other entities involved in large-scale, commercial legal disputes. Longford was one of the first litigation funds in the United States and is among the world’s largest litigation finance companies with more than $1.2 billion in assets under management. Longford offers a broad range of capital solutions to funds attorneys' fees and expenses or otherwise manage the financial risk of pursuing meritorious legal claims in return for a share of a favorable settlement or award. The firm manages a diversified portfolio and considers investments in subject matter areas where it has developed considerable expertise, including, business-to-business contract claims, antitrust and trade regulation claims, intellectual property claims (including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret), fiduciary duty claims, fraud claims, claims in bankruptcy and liquidation, domestic and international arbitrations, claim monetization, insurance matters, and a variety of others.

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