John  Lazar
  • London

John Lazar

Managing Director

John Lazar is a Managing Director who currently oversees the growth of Burford’s substantial business in the UK and Europe and Burford’s private funds platform.

In addition to holding senior leadership roles in Burford’s core business in the US and Europe, he has overseen Burford’s secondary market business for several years, engaging with dozens of hedge funds and other institutional investors who participate in that market. In his prior role at Burford, Mr. Lazar managed the assessment of new matters globally, from initiation to conclusion, including their progress through the Commitments Committee.

Prior to joining Burford, Mr. Lazar was a litigator at Cravath and at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch. He has extensive experience in arbitration and complex commercial litigation matters including securities fraud, accounting fraud, patent analysis and litigation, trade secret theft and complex contractual issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Lazar graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School and has an undergraduate degree from Duke University.


“John Lazar is a rising star. An experienced former litigator, he is exceptionally bright and extraordinarily dedicated. Clients are very fortunate if they have him on their team. “ Derek Ho,
Partner | Kellogg Hansen
Global 100 Leader in Legal Finance Lawdragon 2020-2022
Ranked Top Tier for UK Dispute Resolution by Leaders League 2022
Named a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2014
100 Leading Legal Consultants and Strategists, Lawdragon 2019