Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2020, 1:40 PM

What Attorneys Can Learn From Burford’s Financial Results

Bruce Kaufman
Bruce Kaufman

Burford Capital reported most of its 2019 results this week and warned that profits would fall in the latest urgent news for the publicly traded litigation finance firm’s investors. But what should lawyers concerned with the future of the industry focus on?

Two Metrics: Burford’s financial results show how much the company spends on new investments in litigation and how much money it makes on them, which help explain the current and future state of litigation finance.

Results: Those numbers show a more mature business that has evolved to invest in different types of cases, most notably purchasing awards and settlements.

Roy Strom has more in the latest Big Law Business column.


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