Selvyn Seidel founded and chairs Fulbrook Capital Management LLC, an institutional advisor in commercial claims. Fulbrook identifies, evaluates, manages, and arranges capital for commercial claimants to apply towards prosecuting meritorious claims. Fulbrook specializes in complex national and international claims, whether brought in the United States, or in another country. It has a special and in some important ways unique capacity and goal to assist in enhancing the value of the claim closer to its true value, while also reducing costs needed to prosecute the claim, and bringing more certainty to the process and costs involved. Fulbrook concentrates on commercial claims in certain practice areas, usually in the U.S. or U.K, while also concentrating on (although not exclusively) short term claims (which take one year or less from funding to conclusion). In a recent Report by two think tanks discussing among other things Funders, Fulbrook was identified along with four other entities, as – despite being founded only recently –among the “prominent third-party funders” in the industry, and “worth knowing.”
Prior to Fulbrook, Mr. Seidel co-founded and chaired Burford Group Ltd., the investment manager for Burford Capital, LLC. Burford Capital went public on the UK Aim market of the London Exchange in October of 2009. It is now the largest institutional litigation funder in the world.
Before entering the funding industry, Mr. Seidel practiced as a litigation attorney, and has over 40 years of experience in complex litigations and arbitrations. He represented business entities in diverse complex projects in the United States and abroad. Until December 31, 2006, he was a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, a leading international law firm. At Latham Mr. Seidel was a co-founder of Latham’s New York office in 1985, and was, at different times, the Chairman of its International Practice, the founder and Chairman of its International Litigation and Arbitration practice, and the Chairman of its New York Litigation Department.
Mr. Seidel was for ten years an Adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, teaching courses in and related to litigation and arbitration. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Law of Columbia University Law School. He is currently an Alumnus Lecturer at Linacre College, Oxford University. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Oxford Law Alumni of America. He lectures on the industry and participates in conferences and presentations at various leading law schools in the U.S. and UK (including Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Oxford), and at leading Institutes (such as the RAND Institute of Civil Justice). He has authored many articles and papers relating to Third-Party Funding of Commercial Claims.
Mr. Seidel is widely referred to and cited in the media. He is often identified as a leading voice and visionary in the funding industry. In the Report referred to above, he was described as probably the frontrunner in the industry . . .”
University of Chicago (1964, B.A., Economics), the University of California (Berkeley) Law School (1967, J.D., California Law Review) and the University of Oxford (1968, Dip. Law, Linacre College).
Jungmin Lee is in charge of the quantitative and economic aspects of Fulbrook’s investment and risk analysis. She performs this analysis on Fulbrook’s overall activities as well as individual cases. She also collaborates with the COO on investor relations matters.
Prior to joining Fulbrook, Ms. Lee was with AlixPartners, LLP. At AlixPartners, Ms. Lee was an advisor specializing in measuring and evaluating risks in commercial litigations, international disputes, and investigations initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Justice. In this connection, she is experienced in the application of financial, economic, statistical, and valuation analysis to complex matters. She has worked extensively with attorneys in leading law firms, providing quantitative and qualitative analyses and making recommendations for all phases of pre-trial and trial practices including expert testimony, settlement negotiations, depositions, and litigation strategy. Ms. Lee has dealt in depth with a broad range of banking and financial services industry matters. Her engagements also covered securities litigation, intellectual property disputes, distressed situations, and breach of contracts in various industries. Before AlixPartners, Ms. Lee was with Analysis Group, Inc. at which she worked in a similar capacity.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lee has worked on a number of high-profile cases. A few examples include:
Ms. Lee has also collaborated with academics, including Prof. R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Business School at Columbia University, and Prof. Burton G. Malkiel at Princeton University, the author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street.
She is a CFA charterholder.
Ms. Lee is a graduate of Princeton University (MPA, concentration in Economics and Public Policy, 2003) and Seoul National University (BS, 1998 and MS, 2000 in Chemical Technology).
Prior to joining Fulbrook, she was a partner at Commercial Litigation Funding, Ltd., a UK-based litigation funder.
Ms. Labbe-Beaumont began her career in Canada, where she practiced law for over ten years at a leading Canadian law firm. She specialized in complex negotiation and dispute resolution between major professional organizations and the government. She was a member of a number of Bar Committees including the Committee of Public Affairs and the Ethical Health Law Committee. Recently she has been asked to assist the CJC in developing and implementing regulations for litigation funding.
Laval University (1999, J.D.), Law school (2001, Bar of Quebec) and Laval University (2001, Master in Professional Liability and Health Law, with highest honors).
Ms. Ballakrishnen is an expert in global legal services. She brings unique expertise in developing solutions that offer the most cost effective and task efficient claim redress. Her areas of expertise are outsourcing, global value chains, and legal solution markets.
She has focused her attention on building a global network of legal service and knowledge outsourcing providers who together are available to service potential clients and claimants. Her knowledge of the outsourcing industry stems from a long association with the key players in the market. Ms. Ballakrishnen’s ability to use these networks to offer custom-made consultations offers wholesome legal solutions to potential clients. She is currently working on expanding these connections to Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa in an effort to diversify the breadth of possible innovative solutions that Fulbrook can employ and recommend.
As an international practitioner and legal consultant, Ms. Ballakrishnen has been working with providers and key players associated with the legal services industry since 2004. She was an international finance lawyer with the Mumbai offices of India’s largest law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., an intern at the Supreme Court of India with Justice A. Pasayat and a lecturer of international markets and legal methods at two national law schools in Hyderabad and Bhopal, India. In the past, she has conducted extensive studies on the Indian legal and knowledge outsourcing industry, the careers of international legal professionals and the value of global legal education. She is an Associate Fellow at the Program on the Legal Profession and her work has been funded by Harvard Law School, the Stanford Graduate Research Office, the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law and the Law and Society Association.
Harvard Law School (LL.M’08, Inlaks Scholar); National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (B.A., B.L (Hons), NALSAR’04); Stanford University, Department of Sociology (PhD Candidate, 2009–).
Sandra Sherman is Fulbrook’s Intellectual Property Manager. She is also currently Director of Development at the Intellectual Property Law Institute of Fordham Law School.
Previously, Sandra has been in the International Section of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in the U.S. Department of State, and was a Senior Attorney in the Department of Energy, where she practiced international and administrative law.
Sandra is the author of four books: Finance and Fictionality in the Early Eighteenth Century: Accounting for Defoe, Imagining Poverty: Quantification and the Decline of Paternalism, Fresh from the Past: Recipes and Revelations from Moll Flanders’ Kitchen, and Invention of the Modern Cookbook. She has written over 60 peer-reviewed articles on literature, economics, neuroscience and the law, and culinary history, and she continues to lecture internationally.
She received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an LL.M.cum laude in Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology at Fordham. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, as well as a prize for the best dissertation in English.
Sandra has been an Adjunct Professor of English at Fordham, and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she designed a new course on the history and future of copyright. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. She was a Visting Fellow of the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also of the Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.
Ms. Travis will in June 2012 become an associate in the London office of Fulbrook Capital Management LLC.
She was a summer associate with Fulbrook during 2011.
University of Durham (2010, BA with honors in Theology), London College of Law (2011, Law conversion). Ms. Travis has been doing her Bar Professional Training Course since September 2011.
Bahar Simani is an Associate with Fulbrook Capital Management LLC based in the New York City Office.
Ms. Simani received her J.D. in 2011 from CUNY School of Law, where she achieved a 3.9 grade point average, along with various other accomplishments. In addition, Ms. Simani graduated Summa Cum Laude and received a B.A. (Anthropology) in 2008 from CUNY Queens College, where she graduated after just 2.5 years and maintained a 4.0 grade point average, along with various honors.