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Hong Kong Law Reform Commission consultation on ‘outcome related fee structures’ for lawyers in arbitration – Omni Bridgeway submission

At present, Hong Kong lawyers are not permitted to charge legal fees based on the outcome of any proceedings. However, in some jurisdictions around the world, various forms of flexible financial solutions are permitted. As Hong Kong is a leading centre for arbitration and wishes to preserve and promote its competitiveness with other popular arbitral seats, the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong (Commission) established a sub-committee to make recommendations regarding ‘Outcome Related Fee Structures’ (ORFS).

Unwilling but able: how to successfully enforce favourable judgments or awards against evasive debtors

In a webinar for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia, Omni Bridgeway Investment Manager Leanne Meyer chatted with our Head of Enforcement for Asia, Marjolein van den Bosch-Broeren, about the role a dispute funder plays in enforcing judgments and awards from unwilling or evasive debtors and early steps in-house counsel can take to safeguard collectability.

Funding insolvency claims in Asia-Pacific

In this recent webinar panel discussion hosted by Lexology, Omni Bridgeway and an expert panel shared their insights and answered some of the most critical questions that companies, and lawyers have about using dispute finance for insolvency-related claims across Asia-Pacific.

Singapore introduces further express legislation facilitating funding

New insolvency and restructuring laws in Singapore will make it easier for liquidators and judicial managers to obtain dispute funding in a broader range of insolvency related claims. The new laws were not drafted with the effects of a pandemic in mind but are timely and should provide valuable assistance in some circumstances.

The world's largest dispute resolution finance team continues expansion with senior appointments

Omni Bridgeway has welcomed talented new colleagues to the team as the company continues its international expansion. The appointments include global leadership positions following the merger of IMF and Omni Bridgeway in November 2019 and important roles in Australia in response to increased appetite for dispute finance solutions. Omni Bridgeway can also announce it is expanding its footprint into New Zealand, where the firm is already active in several actions.

IMF Bentham and Bentham IMF to become Omni Bridgeway

IMF Bentham Limited and Omni Bridgeway are excited to announce that IMF Bentham Limited and its subsidiary companies, including Bentham IMF, are adopting the unified global name of Omni Bridgeway, following a shareholder vote at the company's General Meeting on 14 February 2020.

Dispute finance for international arbitration claims

The use of dispute finance in international arbitration has been growing in recent years in many jurisdictions around the world, driven by the growth in use, cost and complexity of international arbitration, together with increasing demands on arbitration parties and practitioners to manage the associated costs and risks.

Legal recovery programs and dispute resolution finance

Recent reports show that companies are forgoing millions of dollars in dormant claims and unpursued recoveries. An expected economic downturn is likely to exacerbate this problem as companies’ legal budgets are reduced further, making it less likely that funds will be expended on disputes. A legal recovery program, combined with dispute resolution finance, can mitigate these problems and generate revenue and value for companies.

Is third-party funding of commercial disputes permissible in Singapore and Japan?

Asia is the fastest-growing economic region in the world. Increasing regional cross-border investment leads to a rise in the number of international commercial disputes. The dispute resolution finance industry in Asia is still developing. However, growth of the industry is expected to be swift. IMF Bentham's Asia-based team have recently co-authored two articles on third-party dispute resolution finance in Singapore and Japan.