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Chief Investment Officer

Neil Purslow

Neil co-founded Therium in 2008 and is a director of Therium Capital Management Limited and the firm’s Chief Investment Officer.  Neil is a solicitor with over 23 years’ experience and was previously Litigation Counsel in-house for Marsh & MacLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC).  Prior to this he was in practice in the City of London with US firm Reed Smith and Withers.  Neil is Chair of the Executive Committee and on the management committee of ILFA, he is also a board member of the Association of Litigation Funders, the self-regulatory body for the litigation funding industry in England and Wales.  Neil has given expert evidence on litigation funding and speaks regularly at conferences and is often quoted in the media on issues related to the industry and asset class.  He gained an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (1995).  Neil Purslow was ranked as a Tier 1 individual in litigation finance by Chambers and Partners, Leaders League, Law Dragon and other directories.

Testimonials

"He is one of the more sophisticated, thoughtful and innovative people in the space. He understands the commercial drivers of a law firm and knows how to fund cases and portfolios. On that front he is widely regarded as one of the leaders in the field. A lot of funders really don't understand that, compared to Neil and Therium."

- Chambers, 2021

"Neil is technically excellent, thoughtful and bright."

- Chambers, 2022

"Neil is a class act and no wonder he heads the team, he knows what he is doing."

- Chambers, 2022

"They are the market leader as far as funding is concerned. Creative, pragmatic and great to deal with. Even with the challenges of the last year, it's never been a difficult process with them. Always open and upfront and happy to work with the clients. There are always issues that crop up in litigation, and the beauty is that they take the sting out of those situations and keep everyone in the room well adjusted. The way they have dealt with us has been first rate."

- Chambers, 2022

The Team

Senior Investment Manager

Timothy Mayer

Timothy joined Therium from another litigation funder in 2015.  He is a former member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Queen Mary) Task Force on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration, sits on the International Litigation Financing Association working party on UNCITRAL WG III, and was formerly Company Secretary and a director of the Association of Litigation Funders of England & Wales. He was a member of the Third Party Funding Working Party that drafted the Code of Conduct for Litigation Funders in England and Wales following the Jackson Review.

Tim has been in the funding market since 2008 and formerly practised at the Chancery & Commercial Bar. He took Firsts in both Jurisprudence (1995) and the Bachelor of Civil Law degree (1996) at Oriel College, Oxford.

Testimonials

"Tim is an experienced operator in the funding space, with particular expertise in international arbitration matters."

- Chambers, 2021

"Tim Mayer is extremely user-friendly and great to work with."

- Chambers, 2022

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Investment Manager

Ben Smyth

Ben joined Therium in 2020, following more than 15 years in Investment Banking.  Ben was most recently Head of Benelux and Nordics, within the Financial Institutions Debt Capital Markets advisory group, at UBS Investment Bank.  In this role, he acted for some of the largest Banks and Insurance companies in Northern Europe, advising on liability optimisation.  Ben has experience in originating, structuring and executing a number of high profile and complex credit instruments across multiple international jurisdictions, spanning Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Ben has been heavily involved with the development of regulatory capital instruments under the Solvency II and Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV) regimes.  He has acted on the inaugural Restricted Tier 1 (RT1) instrument from a European insurer (ASR Nederland), as well as the inaugural Additional Tier 1 bonds from banks based in Benelux (KBC Bank) and Sweden (Nordea Bank).

Ben achieved a First Class Degree (with Honours) in Economics from the University of Durham.  He has also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School, London, where he was awarded a Distinction.

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Robert is a member of Therium’s investment committee in Jersey and a director of Therium Group Holdings Limited.  He has over 25 years of experience in wealth management and asset structuring. Robert has an LLB (Hons) degree from King’s College, London and, after qualifying as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1987, he was managing director of trust companies in Jersey and Guernsey.  Robert acted as CEO of Investec Trust Group for eight years from 2001 and now works with a small group of VHNW families in relation to their wealth and asset structuring.  Robert has also developed an online trust management system, Fidusys, which is designed to bring transparency and online reporting to the fiduciary environment.

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The Team

Country Head

Simon Dluzniak

Simon joined Therium in January 2019 as head of Therium Capital Management (Australia) Ltd and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Prior to joining Therium, Simon spent 12 years with an international litigation funder, undertaking roles on its behalf in both Australia and the UK.  Simon has significant funding experience, particularly in relation to class action and insolvency litigation, having managed a number of high-profile funded cases in both jurisdictions.

Prior to his funding experience, Simon worked with corporate regulators in both Australia and the UK and also with Ernst & Young.

Simon is graduated from La Trobe University with degrees in Arts (BA) and Law (LLB) in 1997 and was admitted to practice law in 1999.

Testimonials

"Simon does a great job. They fund strong matters."

- Chambers 2021

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Country Head

Christoph Kuzaj

Christoph is the Managing Director of Therium Deutschland GmbH.  With more than 20 years of experience, Christoph has specialised in corporate and capital markets law with a particular focus on complex corporate litigation.  Christoph’s litigation practice extends to disputes arising out of private and public M&A-transactions, including defensive actions in takeovers, and corporate special situations.  Christoph is admitted to the German Bar Association, holds a degree in law with distinction and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.  Christoph attained his Juris Doctor on completion of his postgraduate studies on specific fields of German Civil Procedure Law.

Testimonials

“In a strong field, judges were impressed by the significant scale and range of this global business. Therium set itself apart by a series of powerful and persuasive testimonials, demonstrating a commitment to their clients and the wider industry.”

- Insolvency Funder of the Year – The Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency (TRI) Awards

"It helps that Therium’s principals are all lawyers who are still primarily interested in achieving successful litigation, just with an emphasis on the funding and costs of litigation."

Litigation Funding: Status and Issues, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University and University of Lincoln Law School.

 

- Hodges, Peysner and Nurse

"Therium’s approach to litigation finance is thought provoking and innovative. We appreciate their creativity in helping us and our clients to find new ways of realising the value from litigation."

- James Pollock, Partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP

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