Woodsford Litigation Funding bolsters its presence in Asia with the appointment of former head of the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins to its Investment Advisory Panel (IAP)

LONDON, SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, PHILADELPHIA 30 January 2019, Woodsford Litigation Funding, the global provider of litigation financing solutions for businesses, individuals and law firms, has announced that Hong Kong based Simon Powell has joined its Investment Advisory Panel.

Simon is an independent arbitrator in Asia. Prior to this he was a senior partner in a number of leading global law firms, including most recently Latham & Watkins, where he managed the Hong Kong office for a number of years and built and then led the disputes and arbitration practice across Asia. Simon has spent the last 27 years of his life as an arbitration and dispute resolution lawyer in Asia, focusing on complex commercial and corporate disputes. This experience will be invaluable for Woodsford in assessing the increasing number of investment opportunities emanating from the region, particularly now that Hong Kong has changed its law to permit funding of arbitration.

“As various countries across Asia have liberalised their funding regimes, we have seen a significant increase in the number of requests for funding. We expect this growth to continue apace and the need for a dedicated Asian arbitration expert on our IAP has become increasingly apparent. We are delighted to have somebody of Simon’s calibre on board.” said Charlie Morris, Woodsford’s Chief Investment Officer, EMEA & APAC.

Simon Powell commented, “I’m delighted to be joining Woodsford at this time. With Hong Kong permitting arbitration funding from February 1st and a continuing increase in interest in funding for Singapore-based arbitrations, I look forward to playing my part in establishing Woodsford as the leading funder in the region.”

Woodsford recently announced a wave of executive appointments in the US and is currently recruiting for a number of other posts, including a Business Development Manager (Singapore), Director of Business Development (London) and Commercial Manager (London or Philadelphia). [Ends]

About Woodsford Litigation Funding

Founded in 2010 and with offices in London, Philadelphia and Singapore, Woodsford Litigation Funding provides tailored litigation financing solutions for businesses, individuals, and law firms. This includes both single case and portfolio litigation funding and arbitration funding.

Woodsford’s Executive team blends extensive business experience with world-class legal expertise. Woodsford is a founder member of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales.

Interviews, photos and biographies available on request.

Media contact Steven Savage Head of Marketing & Business Development ssavage@woodsfordlf.com UK +44 (0)20 7985 8410

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