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Litigation funding & rule of law
What is the rule of law, and how does litigation funding improve it?
The best kept secret in investing?
Having experienced a significant broad-based rally in equity and property markets over the last 9 years, arguably now is a good time for eligible investors to look to diversify their exposure across other asset classes - ideally those with little or no correlation with traditional risk markets. In this regard, litigation funding seems like an attractive option although not without its own specific risks. 

By Rabin Tambyraja, Professional Investor and AxiaFunder shareholder

Posted on 21 May 2018
New P2P platform launches to fund litigation cases

AxiaFunder, a new platform for crowdfunding litigation based in the UK, was launched earlier this January. The first case offered from AxiaFunder has already been fully funded. It was a dispute concerning professional negligence that was looking to raise £12,720. Investors can expect a return of 60% per annum if the case is successfully resolved.  Across all cases AxiaFunder predicts a return that will be on average within the 20-30% range. This is still a very high return when compared even to other alternative finance investments.  

Posted on 18 Jan. 2019
Litigation finance industry opens up to private investors

The growing popularity of litigation finance has been fuelled by billions of dollars from hedge funds, private equity and other institutional investors. Now a crowdfunding platform due to launch in the UK early next month is hoping to spread the word — and the high returns — to private investors. In recent years, money has been pouring into litigation finance businesses, which provide upfront funding for claimants who cannot afford to fight legal disputes in return for a share of any settlement or damages.  

Originally published in Financial Times by Barney Thompson, legal correspondent on 23rd August 2018

Posted on 23 Aug. 2018
London Fintech podcast - Litigation crowdfunding w/Cormac Leech CEO Axiafunder

Here is the new episode of the top rated London Fintech Podcast. The in-depth podcast is between Mike Baliman the podcast founder/host and AxiaFunder Co-founder Cormac Leech.  

As introduced by London Fintech Podcast: 
Creativity springs eternal. Here is yet another new topic, one that no one could have imagined even a couple of decades ago. Litigation crowdfunding gives litigants a new source of funding and investors a totally new investable asset with non-correlated returns. Cormac Leech CEO and co-founder of AxiaFunder walks us through this complex landscape.

To listen to the podcast, please go to: https://londonfintechpodcast.com/lfp121-litigation-crowdfunding-w-cormac-leech-ceo-axiafunder/

Posted on 4 Feb. 2019
Is litigation funding a source for social good? | AxiaFunder
Is commercial litigation funding socially inclusive or could it be considered ambulance chasing? Learn more about why we think it's a social good.
Wisdom of crowds: startup brings crowd funding to litigation finance by CityAM

When Cormac Leech, chief executive of new crowd funding litigation platform Axiafunder, is questioned about the potential 20-30 per cent returns offered to investors on its website, he doubles down.

Written by James Booth, CityAM reporter covering the legal and insurance sectors, published by CityAM on 11 Feb, 2019

Posted on 13 Feb. 2019
Fancy Something Different for Your Isa? Try a Little Innovation

Innovative Finance Individual Savings Accounts (IFISAs) allow investors to be innovative in the ways they invest. There are many different areas which one can invest in using IFISAs to get tax-free returns. Carol Lewis reports on the various options including investing into AxiaFunder’s IFISAs eligible offers which are allowing investors to invest in legal cases. The range of options for investments which are eligible to be put into an IFISAs are very diverse. IFISA investments can earn tax free interest for the investors and allow small businesses and individuals to access loans. 

Continue to read at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fancy-something-different-for-your-isa-try-a-little-innovation-r3b0ms6c5

Originally published in Financial Times written by Carol Lewis, on 2nd March 2019 

Posted on 6th March 2019
How to Suffer Loss
Bruce Packard writes about the different ways in which we should consider the risk of loss. He reflects on the lessons we can learn from the very first joint stock companies of the City of London, the St Petersburg Paradox discussed by Daniel and Nicolaus Bernoulli in 1738, and what these can tell us about the risks of loss in litigation finance.  

“The idea of litigation finance is simple, legal cases cost money and sometimes a claimant is unable to afford to fight a case; so in exchange for money up front, they share the return of any settlement winnings paid out in the future. Burford Capital does this very successfully – but Cormac is trying to allow retail investors to fund smaller cases."

Originally posted on Bruce Packard’s blog on 12 Oct., 2018 

Posted on 6th March, 2019
Axia sponsorship & participation at R3 London & SouthEast Regional Meeting
Axiafunder participated in the R3.org R3 LONDON & SOUTH EAST REGIONAL MEETING, hosted by Farrer & Co, regarding  how to best support and engage with new professionals within the Restructuring sector. AxiaFunder sponsored the event with director Cormac Leech participating as a speaker. 
AxiaFunder case win: net investor gain of 43% after 8 months
Case ID 1555, funded in January 2019 has settled, with the case SPV being paid its full contractual entitlement, following a successful mediation in early July.

Posted on 30th Aug. 2019
Litigation finance comes of age

This article was originally posted on CityAM and the views expressed are those of the author (not affiliated with AxiaFunder). 

Emily Perryman reports for CityAM on how the UK’s first litigation crowdfunding platform, AxiaFunder is enabling private investors to invest in litigation finance, an area previously only open to hedge funds and other large institutions. 

She discusses: 
  1. Axia’s record in raising funds for its first three cases
  2. The potential risks and rewards of investing in litigation 
  3. AxiaFunder’s selective approach in choosing which cases to offer on its platform. 

Read the full article at: https://www.cityam.com/litigation-finance-comes-of-age/
The litigation platform that’s changing the game for investors

NOT MANY alternative finance firms can boast that they earned 43 per cent for investors on their first ever case, and while of course, past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results, AxiaFunder was always going to do things differently
The high price of certainty
Roughly a quarter of all debt issued by governments and companies around the world, $15 trillion in absolute terms, is trading at negative yields.* If investors hold the debt to maturity they are certain to receive less than they have paid in the market for the debt. Government bonds are seen as “low risk” because you are almost certain to receive the principal; certainty comes with a high price (zero or negative real returns).

Posted on 29 October, 2019
Litigation funding: A profitable portfolio alternative during Brexit?

With yields at close to multi-century lows, equities valuations stretched, and Brexit dominating the headlines, attractive alternatives to cash are arguably limited. In this context, the double-digit returns offered by litigation funding, with no correlation to macro or political risk are potentially attractive to qualified investors.

Continue to read, go to https://www.altfi.com/article/5885_litigation-funding-a-profitable-portfolio-alternative-during-brexit