Investment Manager

Fred Bowman

Fred joined Therium in 2022 after completing an MBA at Imperial College Business School. Fred was previously an investment officer at an international litigation funder where his work focused on competition and securities litigation across a range of jurisdictions.

Fred trained and qualified as a solicitor advocate at Forsters LLP where his work included advising the beneficiary of a substantial trust with assets across multiple jurisdictions and advising a group of over 200 retail investors concerning losses suffered in a fraudulent investment scheme. Fred’s experience includes civil fraud, property, professional negligence, and shareholder disputes. He has worked on multiple group claims and has extensive experience of funded litigation acting for both corporate and individual clients.

Fred studied Ancient History and Egyptology at University College London before completing both the GDL and LPC at the University of Law. Fred most recently completed an MBA at Imperial College Business School and is studying mandarin in his spare time.


“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

The Team

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.

The Team