Founder and CEO – Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC
Fulbrook occupies a special space in this industry, basically acting as an investment advisory firm in the industry. It represents claimants who need assistance in: evaluating their claims or portfolios of claims; preparing and/or improving the claims for investment, and prosecution; and/or sourcing capital – where Fulbrook identifies and attracts potential investors for the claimant and its claim, from (a) the institutional dedicated financing providers, as well as (b) from individual investors interested in committing only a portion of their capital into Dispute Finance (e.g., a family office, pension fund, hedge fund, or a private equity entity). In 2007, and before Fulbrook or Burford, Mr. Seidel founded and chaired Burford Advisors, an expert advisor in Dispute Finance. The entity was similar in operation to Fulbrook. Burford is now the largest — with about $2.3 billion under management — and most respected institutional financing providers in the industry in the world. Mr. Seidel is recognized in the industry as a pioneering voice. He was described in the report referred to above as “probably the frontrunner in the industry.” He is often described as a leader or pioneer, or the leader or pioneer, in the industry. Before Burford and Fulbrook, Mr. Seidel practiced as a litigation attorney for over 40 years in complex litigations and arbitrations, specializing in international disputes. In 1985, he cofounded the New York office of Latham & Watkins (now the largest among over 40 offices), a premier international law firm (which was recently recognized as the most profitable law firm in the world). Until December 31, 2006 and for almost 25 years, he was a senior litigation partner at Latham and was, at different times, the Chairman of the firm’s International Practice; the founder and Chairman of Latham’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice; and the Chairman of its New York Litigation practice. Mr. Seidel has been and is an active educator. He was for ten years an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, teaching courses related to litigation and arbitration. He has authored many articles and papers in the industry, including a Primer on Dispute Investing in Commercial Claims (April 2016), and a Supplement to the Primer (April 2017). He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, a J.D. with honors from the Berkeley School of law (University of California), and a Diploma of Law from the University of Oxford, England.