Bloomberg Law
Nov. 29, 2021, 10:30 AM

Litigation Finance Companies Eye Law Firm Ownership in Arizona

Sam Skolnik
Sam Skolnik

Two major litigation finance companies say Arizona’s loosening of legal industry regulations opens the door for them to co-own law firms.

Burford Capital Ltd. and Longford Capital Management LP executives said that with Arizona no longer requiring lawyers to own firms—and other states considering similar steps—law partners will increasingly consider the benefits of non-attorney ownership stakes.

“Equity investors will start to take notice,” said William Farrell Jr., Longford’s co-founder and managing director, in an interview. “The first of those groups will likely be large-scale litigation funders like Longford Capital because we have the greatest relationships and insights into what makes ...

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