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The Equity Project

Why businesses use Equity Project capital

Companies can use Equity Project capital to advance their DEI goals through their legal spend—by encouraging the firms that represent them to appoint female and racially diverse litigators and arbitration lawyers on their matters and award them appropriate origination credit.

Promote diversity initiatives

Equity Project capital adds to companies’ economic leverage to promote diversity and augments their DEI initiatives.

Improve business outcomes

Because Equity Project funding shifts legal costs and risk of loss, legal teams can use it to advance DEI goals while improving business outcomes.

Start the conversation

Businesses can use Equity Project funding as a reason to talk to their firms about diverse representation and origination credit.

Paying it forward

When Equity Project investments resolve successfully and generate expected returns, Burford will contribute some of our proceeds to a charitable organization focused on advancing female and racially diverse lawyers on behalf of our client—so companies and law firms using Equity Project capital can feel doubly good about their impact.

Why law firms use Equity Project capital

Firms committed to gender and racial diversity can encourage female and racially diverse litigators to take on matters that require significant investment.

Win new business

Lawyers backed by Equity Project capital can offer their clients attractive terms, take a strong case from a client that couldn’t otherwise afford the litigation or expand their contingency practices without taking on the full risk.

Allocate origination credit

The Equity Project eases pathways towards origination and client relationship credit for lawyers who have often been underrepresented at the leadership levels of law firms.

Demonstrate innovation

Lawyers can use Equity Project capital to show innovation and ambition to land new clients and serve them well.

Equity Project financing criteria

Matters that meet Burford’s investment criteria qualify for Equity Project financing if one of the following criteria apply:

  • A female or racially diverse litigator serves as first or second chair
  • The firm representing the client is a woman- or minority-owned law firm (more than 50% of the equity is owned by female or racially diverse lawyers)
  • A female or racially diverse litigator receives origination credit for the matter or the client relationship
  • A female or racially diverse partner serves as chair of the plaintiffs’ steering committee or as plaintiffs’ lead counsel
  • A female or racially diverse barrister is leading the advocacy on the matter
Equity Project Champions
adriana-riviere-badell.jpg Miami Adriana Riviere-Badell
Attorney, Kobre & Kim
rosealexandra_square.jpg Sydney Alexandra Rose
Partner, Clayton Utz
amy-frey-headshot-002.jpg Paris Amy Frey
Partner, King & Spalding
brendahorrigan-hsfcom_web.jpg Singapore Brenda Horrigan
International Arbitrator
Caren Ulrich Stacy Sm San Francisco Caren Ulrich Stacy
Founder & CEO, Diversity Lab
0472_lamm_carolyn_composed_rev.jpg Washington Carolyn Lamm
Partner, White & Case
daniel-winterfeldt_colour.jpg London Daniel Winterfeldt MBE KC (Hon)
Founder & Chair, Interlaw Diversity Forum; Managing Director & General Counsel - EMEA & Asia, Jefferies
lizbrannen_our_team_160810_le9xi1_ra0mmb.jpg Los Angeles Elizabeth Brannen
Managing Partner & Chair of Intellectual Property Litigation, Stris & Maher
02-gay-faith.jpg New York Faith Gay
Founding Partner, Selendy & Gay
jongoldinfinal.jpg New York Jonathan Goldin
General Counsel, Pearl Health
Keith Harrison Sm Washington Keith J. Harrison
Partner and Co-Chair, Litigation, Crowell & Moring
maria-updated-headshot.jpg New York Maria Ginzburg
Partner, Selendy & Gay
ramirez_maria_h05517.jpg Miami Maria Eugenia Ramirez
Partner, Hogan Lovells
mdenerstein_web.jpg New York Mylan Denerstein
Co-Chair, Public Policy Practice Group, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Nicole D Galli Sm Philadelphia Nicole D. Galli
Founder, Women Owned Law, and Managing Member, ND Galli Law LLC
bobbiheadshotjuly2016.jpeg Philadelphia Roberta D. Liebenberg
Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan & Black
rufus_caine_12-bw.jpg Washington Rufus Caine III
Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Tenor Legal
sophien.png London Sophie Nappert
Sophie Nappert, International Arbitrator, Co-Founder, ArbTech
carman_stephan_h05049-1.jpg Miami Stephanie L. Carman
Shareholder, GrayRobinson
Sue Prevezer Sm London Sue Prevezer KC
International Arbitrator, Mediator and Consultant, Brick Court Chambers

Recognition for The Equity Project

Equal Representation Arbitration Pledge Award
Financial Times
Innovative Lawyers Awards: Stand Out in Diversity
Distinguished Leader (Aviva Will)
Trailblazer (Aviva Will)
Women Owned Law
Champion of the Year
Diversity initiative (Aviva Will)