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Investment Manager

Corey Banks

Corey joined Therium’s US team in July 2022.  He has over five years’ experience as a commercial disputes associate at prominent New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he worked on a broad range of funded commercial disputes, including corporate and financial matters, breach of contract, antitrust/competition and bankruptcy litigation.  Previous roles include clerking at a US District Court and the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Corey also worked as an Associate at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a BA in International Relations and Japanese from Tufts University, Massachusetts.

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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Investment Manager

Joshua Card

Joshua joined Therium’s US team in July 2022.  Previously Joshua was a senior managing associate at Sidley Austin in the Commercial Litigation and Disputes and Securities and Shareholder Litigation practices.  Prior to this, Josh worked at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  He has experience of M&A cases, corporate governance litigation, white collar criminal matters and other corporate and securities matters, including commercial arbitration.  Josh has also been a law clerk at a US District Court and the Second Circuit US Court of Appeals.  He holds a BA in Political Science from Amherst College and obtained a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.

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Manager of the US Business Operations

Fiona Hill-Samuel

Fiona joined Therium Capital Management (USA), Inc. in 2019 as Manager of the US Business Operations. She has over 15 years’ experience in Alternative Investments.  Prior to working at Therium Fiona spent 12 years at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. During her time at Citi Fiona was transferred from London to New York serving in several roles including Business Unit Manager of Global Multi-Asset Structured Products; Fund & Structured Derivatives Trading Assistant, and completed FINRA NASD Series 7, 79 and 63 licenses. Fiona holds a BA(Hons) and an MSc from the University of London.

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Investment Manager

Charlie Temperley

Charlie joined the Investment Team at Therium in 2022. Having completed his training contract at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Charlie moved to Michelmores LLP as a qualified solicitor where his practice encompassed a broad range of commercial litigation. His work has spanned complex, high value commercial contract claims; group actions; civil fraud and asset tracing; trusts and probate disputes; shareholder disputes; professional negligence; property litigation; joint venture breakdown; and multi-jurisdictional disputes and enforcement.

Charlie received a First-Class Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and then an MPhil in Philosophy at Darwin College, University of Cambridge before commencing his GDL and LPC at the University of Law.

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Consultant Country Manager

Mats Geijer

Mats is Therium Nordic’s country manager for Sweden.  He has more than 20 years of experience from shipping and insurance in Scandinavia and worldwide, having worked for firms such as Kuehne&Nagel, Navigators and Söderberg&Partners. He holds a Master of Law degree and a degree of Bachelor of Science from the University of Stockholm.

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Investment Manager

Chris Wilkins

Chris joined Therium in 2022 after nine years as a solicitor at Slaughter and May. As a senior associate in the Disputes and Investigations Group, Chris’ practice focused on resolving large-scale, complex and often multi-jurisdictional disputes for large corporates, including a number of FTSE 100 companies, across a wide range of industry sectors. Chris’ experience spans a variety of litigation in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal, including substantial group actions, as well as international arbitrations, regulatory investigations and corporate criminal matters. Notable cases included acting for Standard Life Aberdeen (now abrdn) in a successful arbitration against Lloyds Banking Group and defending BHP in one of the largest group actions in English legal history. Chris also co-authored the UK chapter of the Banking Litigation Law Review 2021.

Chris obtained a First Class Honours degree in History from King’s College London and a Master’s degree with Distinction in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Chris later completed a Graduate LLB by self-study at the University of London, where he was awarded the Brigid M Cotter Prize in Laws, before completing the LPC at BPP Law School. Chris has also since qualified as a solicitor advocate.

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Business Development and Marketing

Fran Johnson

Fran leads Therium’s global business development and marketing practice. She has over 10 years’ experience advising on strategy, business development and marketing across the legal and financial services sectors. Fran’s role includes leading the global teams to think innovatively in origination and relationship development with both investors and partners. She also runs the day-to-day marketing and business development function at Therium.

Previously Fran worked in various Business Development roles at Freeths, Herbert Smith Freehills, Deloitte & Grant Thornton. She has a Diploma in Professional Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing and a 2:1 BA (Hons) Business, University of Kent

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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

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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

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.

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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