Maritime, commodity and energy cases are certainly able to be serviced by the litigation funding sector. Litigation funders have already supported cases and have identified this sector as a specific one for growth. LSR sought out funders who have a specialized maritime law investment manager and found only one.
Simonie Dimitrellou, the investment manager and solicitor handling this sector for one of the leading funders, Augusta Ventures, kindly updated us on her increasingly busy schedule, the types of claims she’s getting involved with and who could most benefit from this new facility.
Funding is, for example, available for charterparty disputes where the client does not have P&I or FD&D cover. That scenario is often illustrated by an operator or charterer in a voyage charter claim. Other claims are myriad but include disputes over JVs, contracts, ship-management, bunkers, shipbuilding, yachts and superyachts, disputes with terminals, fraud and class action in the sector and general claims involving cargo, ships, commodities and insolvencies. On the energy side disputes over EPIC contracts, pipeline maintenance, field development agreements have already been supported. In addition, funding has been provided at different stages such as in the final stages of the claim process, including the enforcement of awards. Augusta provides funding for claims of all sizes.
We’re told that the process, benefits and reimbursements structure for a maritime or commodity case is no different from any other case. Funders provide funding for a portion or all of the costs of conducting a claim in return for a small share of the damages if the case is successful. Funding is non-recourse and available for all stages in the process – preparation, statements of case, mediation, arbitration, litigation and enforcement.
Simonie emphasized that funding provides an opportunity for Claimants to monetize claims without downside risk, it frees up cash flow for core operations and investment. It can also promote settlement as it often brings to the negotiating table uncooperative or difficult opponents.
“Prior to joining Augusta, Simonie worked in private practice at Ince & Co, P&I/FD&D insurance at Thomas Miller and the MECO group, in-house at an offshore energy company and at a maritime claims consultanccompany.” https://www.augustaventures.com/staff/simonie-dimitrellou/
LSR often become involved when companies are facing financial difficulties. For examples:
- struggling and getting behind on its payments- suppliers need information about the target in order to better manage the debt and mitigate losses;
- liquidation- liquidators seek our assistance in analysing an insolvent company’s debtor’s ledger so that more effective collection strategies can be put in place;
- enforcement- creditors aiming to identify assets of debtors that are reneging on their responsibilities and to support enforcement activities.
- and more…
We will be providing a series of posts over the coming weeks on various aspects of insolvency including:
Bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation, Chapter 11 – SAME SAME？
How to spot a company close to insolvency?
Cross-border Insolvency – Diversity and attempts to synchronise!
Another Chapter 11 Regime – Singapore?
LSR’s Chairman, Nathan Wheeler was very happy indeed to attend Wellness (with Whisky). A whisky tasting fundraising evening in support of the Sailors’ Society’s “Wellness at Sea Week”Company News
Splendidly hosted by Richard Wilmot of Stephenson Harwood and his merry band (and ultimately very merry band) of helpers, the attendees learned the finer arts of whisky tasting, moving our way sedately through some lovely examples of Scotland’s finest produce. The event was given more Scottish authenticity by a real live bagpiper. Toe-tapping-tastic, and certainly fandabydozy ! This was all in support of the Sailors’ Society, an organisation I have been proud to be involved with for 15 years or more, the last 10 as one of the growing list of the charity’s Ambassadors. The Sailors’ Society provides essential emotional and fiscal support to seafarers and their families around the world. Whilst I was at sea I was fortunate enough to be employed by a socially responsible company that prized its sea-going staff. Others are not so fortunate and isolation, family separation, wage disputes, piracy trauma and illness are prevalent. The charity does sterling work to support these forgotten heroes of commerce – the simple seafarer. Look around your office – most of everything you see will have been on a ship at some point, either in its present state or as a raw material. We all owe a debt. If you want to get involved then visit the Sailors’ Society website by clicking the link here. This weekend sees the Hong Kong hike and there are plenty of other fundraising events you can get involved with year round, both in Asia and Europe.