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Selvyn Seidel

Selvyn Seidel

Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC
Founder and Chair
New York City, NY, USA

Selvyn Seidel founded and chairs Fulbrook Capital Management LLC, an independent third party funding advisor on complex national and international commercial claims.  He brings to this position years of experience in litigation, teaching, and writing, referred to below.

Founder and Chair of Fulbrook Capital Management, LLC.   Fulbrook has created and occupies a special space in the funding industry, representing claimants who need assistance in:

  • evaluating their claims,
  • preparing and improving the claim for investment, and then, if agreed,, continuing with this role after funding and through resolution.
  • sourcing capital – where Fulbrook identifies and attracts potential investors for the claimant and its claim, from (a) the institutional dedicated third party funders, as well as (b) from individual investors interested in committing only a portion of their capital into litigation finance (a hedge fund, a private equity entity, a family office, and others),

Further, and in a way new to the industry, Fulbrook can and does delink its services and products, so that its role is hand-tailored to the particular needs of the  claimant.  There is  no requirement that a claimant retain the integrated service as a whole; it can choose individual parts.

If needed by the claimant and acceptable within a jurisdiction’s rules, Fulbrook will assist in buying, selling, or otherwise trading the claim or the claimant itself. 

In suitable situations, Fulbrook acts for an investor.

To achieve its goals, Fulbrook has  assembled and coordinates internal and external teams.  It has, first, a core team.  Next, and to supplement and reinforce this core, it has an extended and extensive team of quality experts.  Fulbrook draws on the experts as needed for a specific case.  Third, Fulbrook also has a network of investors that it regularly looks to, marrying the investor’s, the claimant’s, and Fulbrook’s interests.  As a fourth leg, Fulbrook has reliable and trusted relationships with selected sources of good claims -- such as lawyers and law firms -- which have (along with strong market demand and Fulbrook’s recognized and respected place in the industry) created for Fulbrook an active, continuing,  long-term inflow of attractive claims.

Fulbrook emphasizes certain areas, including:  patents and other IP; international litigation and arbitration; insolvency, and other serious financial distress situations; plus, if the claim is exceptional, added areas such as antitrust, securities fraud, insurance, and basic breach of contract. 

Beyond this, Fulbrook is equipped and committed to acting for defendants targeted with claims lacking merit. 

As to standing in the industry, Fulbrook has a recognized name.  In a recent Report by two think tanks that discussed Funders, Fulbrook was identified along with four other entities, as among the “prominent third-party funders” in the industry world wide (and, in the Report’s words, “worth knowing”) despite being a more recent entrant in the industry).  Also recently, in an international survey by a business-to-business journal, the ACQ,  of its over 50,000 subscribers, Fulbrook was awarded the 2013 ACQ Global Award as the best Third Party Litigation Advisory in the industry. 

Other Experience in Third Party Finance   Mr. Seidel is experienced in the industry.  Before Fulbrook, in 2007, he founded and chaired Burford Advisors, an expert advisor in third party finance, and then, in October of 2009, he co-founded and then chaired Burford Group Ltd., the investment manager for Burford Capital, LLC. Burford Capital went public on the UK Aim market of the London Exchange.  It is now the largest institutional litigation funder in the world. 

Standing in Industry   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.”

Litigation Experience   Before entering the funding industry, Mr. Seidel practiced as a litigation attorney.  He has over 40 years of experience in complex litigations and arbitrations, national and international  He represented business entities in diverse complex projects.  Until December 31, 2006 and for almost 25 years, he was a senior partner at Latham & Watkins, a premier international law firm.  At Latham Mr. Seidel was a co-founder of Latham’s New York office in 1985, now the firm’s largest office;  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.

Academics  Mr. Seidel was for ten years an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, teaching courses related to litigation and arbitration.  He currently Chairs the Advisory Board of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Law of Columbia University Law School.  He is an Alumnus Lecturer at Linacre College, Oxford University.  He is Chairs the Advisory Board of Oxford Law Alumni of America.  He lectures on third party finance and participates in conferences and presentations at various law schools in the U.S. and UK  (including Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School,  Oxford Law, and the University of Iowa Law School), and at various Institutes (such as the RAND Institute of Civil Justice, and the regular LEXIS NEXIS programs on litigation costing and funding).  He has authored many articles and papers in the industry. (See Fulbrook Management.com for references to lectures, presentations,  articles and papers)

Media   He is regularly referred to and cited in the media.  (See Fulbrook Management.com)

Education   Mr. Seidel is a graduate of the University of Chicago (1964, B.A., Economics), the University of California Berkeley School of Law (1967, J.D., California Law Review) and the University of Oxford (1968, Dip. Law, Linacre College).


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