Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Bogart is Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Burford, and he also serves as a member of its Commitment Committee. Under Chris’s leadership, Burford has become the largest global provider of legal finance and a force in the global legal market. He is one of the most frequently cited and most sought-after experts in the field across the mainstream media and legal and financial press.
Before co-founding Burford, Chris held numerous senior executive positions with Time Warner. As Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Time Warner Inc., he managed one of the largest legal functions in the world. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Ventures and one of four senior executives operating Time Warner Cable, with $9 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees, and as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Entertainment Ventures.
At Time Warner, Chris played a significant role in major transactions and litigation matters including the $350 billion America Online merger; the acquisition of Turner Broadcasting, including CNN and other media properties; antitrust litigation with News Corporation; the attempted acquisition of EMI Music; a joint venture with Microsoft and Compaq; a constitutional challenge to the federal Cable Act; and a $550 million litigation matter involving the Six Flags theme park chain.
Chris came to Time Warner from Cravath, where he was a litigator representing companies such as IBM, GE and Time Warner. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Glenavy Capital, an international investment firm whose projects included Churchill Ventures, a publicly-traded media and technology investment vehicle of which he also served as Chief Executive Officer, as well as the Glenavy Arbitration Investment Fund, a pioneering litigation finance vehicle. He began his professional career as an investment banker with what is now JPMorgan Chase.
Chris is a member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a member of the Board of Trustees of Hackley School, Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals of Briarcliff Manor, New York, and a member of the Board of Advisors of New York City’s Legal Aid Society.
Chris graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario, where he was the gold medalist. He served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario.
Band 1 - US Litigation Funding, Chambers and Partners 2019
100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists, Lawdragon 2019
Top 10 Legal Innovators, Financial Times 2017
“Christopher Bogart is the smartest person in the litigation finance industry. His unique combination of financial savvy and legal smarts make him an exceptionally talented CEO.” Derek Ho,
Partner | Kellogg Hansen
“[Christopher Bogart] is a greatly respected figure in the litigation funding market on both sides of the Atlantic. Sources are forthcoming in their praise, with one remarking that ‘he is massively impressive. He’s a world class CEO—the single most impressive, smartest person in the market.’” Chambers and Partners
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