Updated: Feb 16, 2020
Two companies with strong long-term capital bases and a combined 33-year track record of funded and recovered claims throughout the world complete "merger of equals"
Leading dispute resolution financier IMF Bentham Limited (IMF Bentham) (ASX:IMF) announces that it has completed the merger with Omni Bridgeway Holdings BV (Omni Bridgeway) previously announced on October 15, 2019.
The combined IMF Bentham and Omni Bridgeway business accelerates IMF’s growth and creates a major diversified global litigation funding platform across common law and civil law jurisdictions in developed and emerging markets. The largest funding team in the world now offers end-to-end solutions for clients from pre-judgment merits funding to post-judgment enforcement and recovery.
Having previously described the acquisition as a “merger of equals,” Andrew Saker, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IMF Bentham, describes the combined resources as considerable. “We have over A$2.2 billion in capital to finance disputes and enforcement proceedings of significant size and complexity throughout the world. Our combined company has 18 offices in 10 countries across Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, UK, and the US and 145 professionals experienced in legal and recovery systems worldwide, fluent in more than 20 languages.”
IMF Bentham will continue to be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the combined group will use the first-class business operations, reporting and accounting practices that have shaped IMF Bentham’s reputation as a trustworthy and reliable disputes financier. The combined group will assume one global name pending a rebrand projected for completion by 30 June 2020.
About IMF Bentham
IMF Bentham is a leading global litigation and dispute financier, headquartered in Australia and with offices in the US, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, and London. The company began funding disputes in Australia in the 1990s and has built its reputation as a trusted provider of innovative litigation financing solutions. It has established an increasingly diverse portfolio of litigation and dispute financing assets. IMF Bentham has a highly experienced litigation financing team overseeing its investments, delivering, as at 30 June 2019, an 89% success rate across 192 completed cases (excluding withdrawals). Visit imf.com.au to learn more.
About Omni Bridgeway
Omni Bridgeway was founded in the Netherlands in 1986 and is known as a leading financier of high-value claims and a global specialist in cross-border (sovereign) enforcement disputes. The Omni Bridgeway group includes ROLAND ProzessFinanz, a leading German litigation funder which became part of Omni Bridgeway in 2017, and a joint venture with IFC (part of the World Bank Group). The joint venture is aimed at assisting banks with the funding and managing the enforcement of non-performing loans and related disputes in the Middle East and Africa. Visit omnibridgeway.com to learn more.
About ROLAND ProzessFinanz
ROLAND ProzessFinanz AG has been providing commercial litigation funding solutions since 2001. The company became part of Omni Bridgeway in mid-2017, creating one of Continental Europe’s leading litigation funders. ROLAND funds medium-sized merits and group claims in the German-speaking jurisdictions of Europe. Visit roland-prozessfinanz.de/en/ to learn more.