Principals and Key Team Members
Selvyn Seidel, Founder and CEO of Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC
Fulbrook occupies a special space in this industry, basically acting as an investment advisory firm in the industry. It represents claimants who need assistance in: evaluating their claims or portfolios of claims; preparing and/or improving the claims for investment, and prosecution; and/or sourcing capital – where Fulbrook identifies and attracts potential investors for the claimant and its claim, from (a) the institutional dedicated financing providers, as well as (b) from individual investors interested in committing only a portion of their capital into Dispute Finance (e.g., a family office, pension fund, hedge fund, or a private equity entity).
It represents investors in similar activities, but also in attracting and vetting claims, and assisting to determine if the claims or portfolio of claims are fund worthy, and in overseeing prosecution.
If needed and acceptable within a jurisdiction’s rules, Fulbrook will assist in buying, selling, or otherwise trading the claim or the claimant itself.
Fulbrook has recently also entered a new specialty that it has designed: evaluating claims and defenses for purposes of trying to resolve disputes. This is a space in need of help, Fulbrook believes, because others, like lawyers and law firms, cannot or will not act in the area. This specialty can assist claimants and/or defendants, as well as courts, arbitrators, mediators, and others, in that it provides an independent objective view of the claims and defenses and tries with that to encourage settlement.
Fulbrook emphasizes certain areas, particularly: patents and other IP; international litigation and arbitration; insolvency, and other serious financial distress situations; mediation and in general high stake disputes. In special circumstances, it will also work on other meritorious claims, such as those involving oil and gas, antitrust, securities fraud and other fraud, insurance and reinsurance, whistleblowers, and serious breach of contract claims.
Overall, Fulbrook emphasizes teaching about the industry and how it works, and might be improved. Learning about the industry, with accurate objective information, is at the center of all that Fulbrook does.
In a Report by two think tanks that discussed Dispute Finance, Fulbrook was identified along with four other entities, as among the “prominent third-party funders” in the industry worldwide. Additionally, Fulbrook has been recognized for being the leader in various aspects of the Dispute Finance industry in the world, in the U.S., in N.Y., and in various other venues, by over 50 polls and citations since its inception of operations in 2013. The most recent award came from the National Law Journal, a respected publication in the U.S., which ranked Fulbrook second in the country (behind Burford, founded in 2009, which Mr. Seidel co-founded and chaired, and is quite a bit older than Fulbrook).
Selvyn Seidel In 2007, and before Fulbrook or Burford, Mr. Seidel founded and chaired Burford Advisors, an expert advisor in Dispute Finance. The entity was similar in operation to Fulbrook. As noted above, he then (in October of 2009) and chaired Burford Group Ltd., the investment manager for Burford Capital, LLC. Burford Capital was taken public on the U.K. Aim market of the London Exchange. Burford is now the largest — with about $2.3 billion under management — and most respected institutional financing providers in the industry in the world.
Mr. Seidel is recognized in the industry as a pioneering voice. He was described in the report referred to above as “probably the frontrunner in the industry.” He is often described as a leader or pioneer, or the leader or pioneer, in the industry.
Before Burford and Fulbrook, Mr. Seidel practiced as a litigation attorney for over 40 years in complex litigations and arbitrations, specializing in international disputes. In 1985, he co-founded the New York office of Latham & Watkins (now the largest among over 40 offices), a premier international law firm (which was recently recognized as the most profitable law firm in the world). Until December 31, 2006 and for almost 25 years, he was a senior litigation partner at Latham and was, at different times, the Chairman of the firm’s International Practice; the founder and Chairman of Latham’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice; and the Chairman of its New York Litigation practice.
Mr. Seidel has been and is an active educator. He was for ten years an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, teaching courses related to litigation and arbitration. Since 1980, he has been an Alumnus Lecturer at Linacre College, Oxford University. He has Chaired the Advisory Board of Oxford Law Alumni of America. He is the past chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Law of Columbia University Law School. He lectures on Dispute Finance and participates, globally, in conferences and presentations at various law schools in the U.S. and UK (including Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Oxford Law, New York University School of Law, and the University of Iowa Law School), and at various Institutes (such as the RAND Institute of Civil Justice, and at LEXIS NEXIS programs on litigation costing and funding).
He has authored many articles and papers in the industry, including a Primer on Dispute Investing in Commercial Claims (April 2016), and a Supplement to the Primer (April 2017).
He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, a J.D. with honors from the Berkeley School of law (University of California), and a Diploma of Law from the University of Oxford, England.
Robert C. Dinerstein, President
Robert Dinerstein has recently joined Fulbrook Capital Management as its President.
In his experience, Bob has specialized in banking and securities regulation, international capital markets issues, corporate governance and risk management. He has had direct oversight of many major strategic financing transactions, investigations, litigations and risk assessments.
Previously, he was a senior executive with UBS Investment Bank, having served as its Vice Chairman-Americas and Global General Counsel and a member of its management committee and board. Prior to joining UBS, Bob was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Shearson Lehman Brothers and was also Vice President and general Counsel of Citicorp’s Investment Bank.
In financing, he was chairman of Crossbow Ventures, a Florida based venture capital firm, and member of the executive committee of the Institute of International Bankers.
His board experience has included serving as chairman of the nominating committee and member of the audit and compensation committees, as well as a special investigations committee for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.
In the private practice of law, Bob has been global co-chair of the financial institutions practice at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm. Before that he was an Associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Currently, Bob is Chairman of Veracity Worldwide, a strategic risk advisory firm that counsels companies doing business in emerging markets. He is also chairman of the compliance and risk committee and member of the audit committee of Amalgamated Bank, a New York based commercial bank.
Bob is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a senior fellow and member of the Advisory Board of the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.
He has spoken and lectured, both in the U.S. and abroad, on issues relating to risk assessment and management, and corporate governance.
In philanthropic activities, Bob is a member of the boards of CaringKind, a provider of care and services to persons and families affected by Alzheimers Disease and Sheltering Arms, a diverse social services organization, a former Chairman of Everybody Wins, a literacy and mentoring organization for young people in need in New York, Vice Chairman of Phipps Houses, a leading developer of affordable housing and a former member of the board of the Red Cross of Greater New York.
Bob is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Leonard Rodney, Managing Partner (New York Office)
Leonard Rodney joined Fulbrook shortly after its formation as a claims analyst, evaluating the merits of claims presented for potential funding. He now serves as the Office Managing Partner of the New York Office, overseeing and coordinating operations in New York, and elsewhere in the U.S., London, Europe, and the Far East. On a selective basis, he continues to evaluate and analyze commercial claims.
Len has been the litigation partner and office manager in two boutique law firms. He has forty years of experience in handling commercial litigations, trials and appeals in New York State and Federal Courts. His litigation experience includes activity in contract and labor disputes, corporate dissolutions, estate and bankruptcy litigation, acquiring, building, developing, financing and selling real estate projects, construction and other business issues. In addition, he has participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations.
Len received his B.S./B.A. from Boston University in 1969 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1973.
Louis G. Sampanis, Chief Financial Officer & Expert Advisor (Europe)
Louis G. Sampanis is Chief Financial Officer, Expert Advisor (Europe), and member of the Advisory Board of Fulbrook Capital Management. In addition to responsibility for the firm’s financial planning and capital raising, he is responsible for overseeing development and administration of the firm’s London-based European operations. As an Advisory Board member, Lou assists in the firm’s strategy, operations, and expansion. He joined Fulbrook in 2016.
Earlier in his career, Lou held positions with Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and Scotia Capital. He established and built debt private placement businesses in London and New York, and worked with corporate issuers, institutional investors and leading law firms to price, structure, document and close long-term debt financings totaling approximately $4 billion. He also conducted due diligence, managed preparation of offering materials, conducted marketing roadshows, negotiated documentation, led investors’ due diligence meetings, and managed transaction closings. At Deutsche Bank in London he built and managed a team of product specialists and successfully expanded the firm’s debt private placements business, helping attain a top-five league table ranking in the global debt private placements market.
Lou has also been with Agincourt Ltd, a Bermuda-based broker-dealer with operations in the US. Here, he was engaged in hedge fund marketing, assisted early and late stage public companies with accessing private equity capital, and advised purchasers on the use of proprietary hybrid securities to complete asset dispositions and improve balance sheet composition.
In recent years, Lou established and maintained relationships with leading global investment banks based in London in order to help execute the securities purchasing strategy of Marcuard Heritage AG, a Zurich-based wealth management firm.
Following 20 years of finance and investment banking experience in the global debt capital markets, Lou began an involvement in the litigation finance industry in 2011 through evaluation and direct investment in a leading funding firm in the London market. This led to his further work in litigation finance relating to sourcing investment capital, advising claimants, and assessing and investing directly in European legal cases.
Lou earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree at The Wharton School.
Mauritius Nagelmueller, Associate (New York Office)
Mauritius Nagelmueller will join the New York office of Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC as an associate in August 2017. He will assist on evaluating, funding, and processing international disputes, among other responsibilities.
Mauritius has been involved in the funding industry for close to 10 years, working with different institutional funders in London, Germany, and in the U.S. with Fulbrook, in various clerkships and internships.
In law school, he earned a double degree in German and English law at the Universities of London and Passau, while attending classes at Cambridge University. He has also worked as a trainee/research assistant in finance and international litigation and disputes, with two respected law firms in Germany.
He is currently pursuing an LLM in International and Comparative Law at Tulane University School of Law.
Irene DaCunha, Executive Administrator (New York Office)
Irene DaCunha joined Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC, in 2016 as its Executive Administrator. She is responsible assisting in forming company policies, in organization of operations globally, assisting regarding capital needs and deployment, research, and support for the CEO and Chair.
Irene graduated cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Applied Science from Briarcliffe College. She went on to receive a ABA- approved certification from Hofstra University for Legal Studies. For over 10 years, she worked closely in a paralegal and administrative capacity with Fulbrook’s Office Managing Partner in his previous legal activities.
Stefan Vogenauer, Fulbrook Expert and Advisory Board Member
Stefan Vogenauer is a Fulbrook Expert who focuses on Comparative Law and transnational private law in International Disputes. He is also a Fulbrook Advisory Board member.
Currently, he is Chair of Max Planck Law, the German-wide network of eleven Max Planck Institutes with an emphasis on legal studies ranging from private international law to competition law, IP, international dispute resolution and tax.
Previously, from 2003-15, Professor Vogenauer was the Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford. At Oxford Law, he also served as Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law.
He has taught, among other subjects, Comparative Contract Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Global Commercial Contract Law, Transnational Commercial Law, The Common Law for Civil Lawyers and Roman Law. He has taught and lectured widely in many European countries and has held Visiting Professorships at NYU Law School, the University of Melbourne, the University of Paris 2, and National Law University Delhi.
He is the editor of the Commentary on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (PICC) (2nd ed. Oxford University Press 2015) which is the standard reference work in the field. He is also a co-author of the leading student textbook in comparative contract law, the Ius Commune Casebook for the Common Law of Europe: Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law (2nd ed. Hart Publishing 2010). Further recent publications include: English and European Perspectives on Contract and Commercial Law (Hart Publishing 2014), The Common European Sales Law in Context: Interactions with English and German Law (Oxford University Press 2013), Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law (Sellier European Law Publishers 2009), and, as co-author with Volker Triebel and others, a German language introduction to English commercial law, Englisches Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht (Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft 2011).
In 2012, Professor Vogenauer received a Humboldt Award “in recognition of his lifetime achievements in research”. His other awards include the Max Weber Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities for his comparative and historical analysis of the interpretation of statutes in English, French, German and EU law, ‘Die Auslegung von Gesetzen in England und auf dem Kontinent’; the 2002 Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society; and the 2008 Prize of the German Legal History Conference.
He has been involved in various commercial arbitrations and expert determinations. He gave expert evidence, or was an expert advisor to, the European Parliament (Committee of Inquiry into the collapse of the Equitable Life Assurance Society; Committee on Legal Affairs, on an Optional Instrument for EU Sales Law); the UK Ministry of Justice (on factors influencing international litigants’ decisions to bring commercial claims to the London based courts; on the European Commission’s proposal for a Common European Sales Law); the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission (Issues Paper Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts); the UK House of Lords Select Committee European Affairs (Report on the Draft Common Frame of Reference); and the Review of the costs of civil litigation on behalf of the Master of the Rolls, conducted by Lord Justice Rupert Jackson.
He received his legal education in Germany (Kiel, First State Exam 1994), France (Paris 2), England (University of Oxford, MJur 1995, Clifford Chance and Herbert Hart Prizes) and Regensburg where he qualified as a German attorney (‘Rechtsanwalt’).
Laura Yvonne Zielinksi, Associate
Laura Yvonne Zielinski is an associate with Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC. Her responsibilities focus on the assessment of and prosecution of international arbitration disputes, including arbitrations involving Sovereigns.
Before joining Fulbrook, Laura worked for a major international law firm in Paris in International Arbitration and Public International Law.
A native of Germany, Laura studied in France, Spain and the United States. She obtained her first law degree from Sciences Po Law School in 2012 and an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in 2014. She is qualified to practice law in New York and Paris and is fluent in English German, and French with a working knowledge of Spanish