Vannin Capital | 5 March 2019

Vannin Capital expands with three additions in New York and Washington

Vannin Capital, the global expert in legal finance, announces today its continued U.S. expansion with two new Managing Directors and an Associate Director in New York and Washington, D.C.

Matthew Atlas joins as a Managing Director and Melissa Feig as Associate Director in New York City. Arthur "Ted" Farrell joins as a Managing Director in Washington, where his litigation expertise will expand Vannin's local offering, which had previously focused on arbitration.

Scott Mozarsky, Regional Managing Director with overall responsibility for Vannin's North American business, comments: "The addition of Matthew, Ted and Melissa marks a significant step in Vannin's growth in North America. Their diverse backgrounds, depth of knowledge and their subject matter expertise add to our already strong foundation of litigation funding capabilities and position us to capitalize on strong market opportunities associated with geographic and product expansion."

Matthew joins from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where he was Chief Litigation Counsel for the past five years, managing the company's litigation matters both globally and in the U.S. Prior to this, he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, supporting the defense of class actions and other litigations involving significant potential liability for the company's retail financial services units. Matthew began his legal career at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld LLP.

Matthew Atlas notes: "Corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits that funding presents, not only as a risk management tool but also as a key part of their strategy to deliver value and growth. I am excited to join Vannin, one of the leaders in litigation finance, at a time when the industry is rapidly expanding in the U.S."

Prior to joining Vannin, Ted was a Partner at Ruyak Cherian LLP where he represented plaintiffs and defendants in antitrust, intellectual property and other complex commercial disputes in the technology sector. He also advised on merger clearance matters before United States and Foreign Competition Authorities. First joining Ruyak in 2015, Ted has had a successful career as a litigator also practicing at Winston & Strawn LLP and Baker Botts LLP in Washington, D.C.

The addition of Ted to its Washington D.C. team enables Vannin to better service firms and companies in the Mid-Atlantic states including the rapidly growing Research Triangle in North Carolina. Ted Farrell said: "I was drawn to Vannin's reputation as a market leader in the litigation funding industry and its commitment to strategic growth in the U.S. and internationally. I look forward to helping build out the company's presence and offering in Washington."

Melissa joins Vannin's New York office as an Associate Director, supporting the litigation funder's team in the U.S. Prior to joining Vannin, Melissa practiced at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP where she focused on complex commercial and distressed asset litigations, consumer class actions, internal and white-collar investigations, regulatory defense and arbitration.

Melissa Feig added: "Vannin is an ambitious and innovative business that is well positioned to capitalize on the continued growth of the litigation funding industry. I am excited to join the team and look forward to contributing to its continued success."


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