Omni Bridgeway expands its team of US-based investment professionals
NEW YORK, 05 October 2021: Omni Bridgeway (formerly known in the US as Bentham IMF) is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its US investment team to accommodate its growth in the world’s hottest legal finance market. In addition to adding four brand new investment professionals, we are thrilled to announce the promotion of four team members who have been key players on our US team.
In New York, former Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Ian Spain has joined Omni Bridgeway as an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel, bringing with him over a decade of complex litigation experience. Chris Citro, also formerly of Kirkland, has joined the team as a Legal Counsel with specialized experience in patent litigation and other intellectual property disputes. Chris has substantial experience representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in high-stakes ANDA, biosimilar, and other patent suits as well as advising such companies on product exclusivity and strategy. Chris’ deep industry knowledge expands Omni's Bridgeway's ability to meet growing demand in these areas. In Los Angeles, former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman Counsel Justin Brossier comes aboard as an Associate Investment Manager and Legal Counsel, where his diverse prior litigation experience will enable him to identify strong investment opportunities as well as provide sound strategic advice to Omni Bridgeway’s internal Investment Committee and to external stakeholders alike. And in Houston, Raj Duvvuri joins as an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel. A graduate of Harvard Law School with deep ties in the Houston market, Raj began his career at top-tier law firms such as Baker Botts. Most recently, Raj served as the General Counsel for Atlas Operating LLC and Affiliates, a privately held energy and real estate conglomerate known for operation of oil and gas assets and commercial properties in U.S. and Canada. His unique combination of law firm and in-house skills and expertise will be key as the company’s corporate and law firm portfolio financing opportunities continue to grow in size and number.
“Omni Bridgeway is the gold standard in this industry, and I am honored and excited to join the organization,” observed Justin. Similarly, Raj remarked that "Omni Bridgeway has an unmatched reputation in the funding space and is at an exciting moment in its development. I'm thrilled to be joining the team."
In addition, Omni Bridgeway is delighted to announce the promotion of the following investment professionals, all of whom have displayed excellent judgment and counsel on potential opportunities and funded investments. They have expertly navigated several funded matters through their life cycle and have assisted Omni Bridgeway with its growth and expansion into new legal finance areas, from private equity to insolvency and international arbitration. Advancing to Investment Manager and Legal Counsel are Amy Geise in Houston and John Harabedian in Los Angeles. Both Sarah Jacobson in New York and Nilufar Hossain in San Francisco are being promoted to Associate Investment Manager and Legal Counsel. “All of these team members have proven themselves to be great assets. Moving them up the ranks is not only recognition of all their hard work and dedication to maintaining Omni Bridgeway as the go-to funder in the US, it also demonstrates our commitment to promote well-deserving folks from within,” says US Chief Investment Officer Allison Chock.
On the recent hires and promotions, Andrew Saker, Omni Bridgeway’s Managing Director & CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, notes that “the expansion of the US investment group is a direct result of the demand we are seeing in the market for legal finance products and also displays our advancement of, and execution on, our US growth strategy to remain a top dispute finance funder regionally, as well as globally. Keep an eye on this space; we’re just getting started.”