Jörn Eschment is a Vice President of Burford Capital and a key member of Burford’s underwriting and investing team focused on Europe, the UK and Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Burford, Mr. Eschment most recently was a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ International Arbitration practice in Hong Kong specialising in international commercial arbitration and litigation. Admitted to practise law across Switzerland and a former Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong, Mr. Eschment began his legal career in the Zurich office of leading Swiss law firm Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. Previously, he had also worked in the Stuttgart office of The Boston Consulting Group and interned at the German Parliament as well as in the Foreign Relations Office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Throughout his career, Mr. Eschment has advised clients on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes with an emphasis on energy, natural resources, construction and infrastructure.
An Adenauer Scholar throughout his studies, Mr. Eschment read law at the universities of Freiburg, Liverpool, Marburg and Passau, graduating with the German Staatsexamen, an LL.M. in European law (Dean’s Prize recipient), and a doctorate in public international law, all with distinction. He also holds an M.A. degree from the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Mr. Eschment has held various academic positions, including as research assistant in German private law and international human rights law, and has taught classes on Swiss private law at the University of Basel.