Vannin Capital (“Vannin”), the global dispute resolution funding business, is pleased to announce the appointments of Judge Carlos R. Moreno, Judge Robert S. Smith, and Judge Ricardo M. Urbina to Vannin’s investment committee with effect from 16 October 2017.
The United States is a major growth opportunity for Vannin Capital, where it successfully opened its first New York office in August 2017. The appointment of these three senior and highly respected judges to its investment committee further strengthens Vannin Capital’s US presence and expertise. These key appointments will make recommendations on future US investments.
Judge Moreno is a former jurist in California with over 25 years’ experience at all levels of the state and federal judicial systems, including four years as a federal district court judge and ten years as a justice on the California Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he practiced in the private sector for over ten years with the law firms Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Irell & Manella LLP.
Judge Smith Judge Smith is a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP in New York, where he heads the firm’s appellate practice. Before joining Friedman Kaplan, Judge Smith was an Associate Judge of New York’s highest court - the New York State Court of Appeals, where he served for more than a decade. Since joining Friedman Kaplan, Judge Smith has been active primarily in appeals, trial-level commercial litigation, expert witness testimony, and alternative dispute resolution. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Judge Urbina has 31 years of service on the District of Columbia federal and superior courts. He served 18 years as a US District Court Judge for the District of Columbia and issued well over a thousand memorandum opinions. In April 1981, Judge Urbina became the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in the District of Columbia.
Dan Craddock, Chairman of Vannin, commented:
“The appointments of Judges Moreno, Smith and Urbina are an important addition to Vannin’s US presence and capability. The US will be a very exciting opportunity for us in the years ahead and we are looking forward to the contribution that they will make. I am delighted to be able to have advisers of this calibre on our investment committee.”