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Burford Capital begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange

NYSE-listing is a first for the growing legal finance market

Burford Capital Limited (“Burford Capital” or “Burford” or “the Company”), the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law, today announced that it has successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), becoming the first ever legal finance firm to be publicly traded in the US and the first dual listed company in the legal finance industry.

Burford’s listing not only marks a milestone in its own history, it also brings increased visibility and accountability to the global commercial legal finance market.  Legal finance is increasingly relevant given economic pressures that make businesses eager to contain costs, conserve cash and maximize profitability, and as commercial disputes typically rise following a downturn, the need for finance will increase.

Since its launch in 2009, Burford has achieved notable success in identifying and monetizing legal claim assets—the core skillset of legal finance. It has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as 93 of the AmLaw 100 and 89 of the 100 largest global law firms, providing financing for fees and expenses associated with commercial disputes as well as monetizing claims and awards, and has built a $4 billion portfolio.  A recent example of Burford’s activity is the $75 million monetization of a pending claim for a Fortune 100 company that enabled it to optimize cashflow and offload legal expense risk.

Burford shares started trading on the NYSE at 9:30 AM ET today following the completion of the transition of its share register to the US, establishing the company’s dual listing on the NYSE and London Stock Exchange AIM.  In both listing venues, Burford shares are quoted under the stock ticker BUR with the new ISIN GG00BMGYLN96.

Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford, commented:

“This is a proud moment for me, Burford’s co-founder Jonathan Molot, and indeed for the whole Burford team.  Our NYSE listing exemplifies our culture of excellence, innovation and providing solutions to clients as the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law.  We are, once again, at the forefront of our sector, and our listing is evidence that legal finance is a sophisticated tool that plays an important role in the legal landscape.  Our new listing will increase the pool of investors able to invest in Burford’s shares while more broadly raising our profile in the US capital markets, which may in time lower our cost of capital.  For our clients, this listing gives them further proof that working with us means partnering with a gold standard finance firm that is open and transparent about its operations.”

For further information, please contact: 

Burford Capital Limited


Jim Kilman, Chief Financial Officer

+1 917 985 9840

Robert Bailhache, Head of Investor Relations, EMEA and Asia - email 

+44 (0)20 3530 2023

Jim Ballan, Head of Investor Relations, Americas - email

+1 (646) 793 9176

Numis Securities Limited - NOMAD and Joint Broker

Huw Jeremy (NOMAD)
Charlie Farquhar / Jonathan Abbott (Joint Broker)

+44 (0)20 7260 1000

Jefferies International Limited - Joint Broker

Graham Davidson
Tony White

+44 (0)20 7029 8000

About Burford Capital

Burford Capital is the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, and it works with law firms and clients around the world from its principal offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, Singapore and Sydney.

For more information, please visit www.burfordcapital.com.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any ordinary shares or other securities of Burford.

This release does not constitute an offer of any Burford fund. Burford Capital Investment Management LLC ("BCIM"), which acts as the fund manager of all Burford funds, is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The information provided herein is for informational purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information contained herein is not, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities (including, without limitation, interests or shares in the funds). Any such offer or solicitation may be made only by means of a final confidential Private Placement Memorandum and other offering documents.

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