Validity Finance Secures $100 Million in New Capital ...

July 28, 2020

Firm adds funding capacity as demand among law firms and businesses rises for dispute capital; Former Fried Frank and Cadwalader deal attorney Jason Listhaus will handle Validity portfolio investments and other corporate matters.

NEW YORK (July 28, 2020) – Looking to meet growing demand among businesses and law firms to finance commercial disputes, litigation funder Validity Finance has raised $100 million in additional capital. The firm also announced the arrival of experienced transactional attorney Jason Listhaus to fill the new role of in-house corporate counsel as its portfolio continues to grow.Validity’s additional capital comes from a mix of institutional and private investors, including the firm’s founding private equity sponsor TowerBrook Capital Partners.

Validity CEO Ralph Sutton commented: “We’ve seen a pronounced increase in demand this year fueled, in part, by the pandemic. Businesses and law firms are experiencing unprecedented cost constraints and welcome our backing to pursue or monetize claims. Our latest capital raise will help us continue to meet our clients’ needs for funding their most important litigation matters in the current challenging economic environment.”

Since launch, Validity has committed more than $125 million in dozens of deals across a range of litigation and arbitration matters and jurisdictions.

Mr. Sutton noted that large law firms have increasingly been drawn to third-party funding during the slowdown, as brand-name practices with large litigation platforms see the value in having individual clients receive funding and also of having the direct backing for a basket of cases while they stabilize finances and preserve cash. “Funding had already become mainstream in the last several years but the pandemic has hyper-charged the acceptance and use of contingent, non-recourse funding by major law firms and well-capitalized clients,” he said.

Validity has funded a broad spectrum of litigations and arbitrations: including breach of contract, patent infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, domestic and international arbitration, judgment/asset enforcements, insurance coverage cases and others. A growing allocation is going towards portfolios of cases handled by law firms.

Validity also announced that experienced finance and transactional attorney Jason Listhaus has joined as its first corporate counsel. The New York-based Mr. Listhaus will help manage deal-side aspects of Validity’s investments, including helping structure and negotiate funding arrangements. He joins the firm’s bench of former trial lawyers who work on underwriting, risk and case review. His arrival helps the firm transition from using outside counsel to handle its expanding book of transactions.

“Jason is a great addition as we grow our capital base and pace of investments, not only in the U.S. but internationally,” said Validity’s Chief Risk Officer Dave Kerstein, noting the firm recently launched an Israeli office in Tel Aviv. “As our first in-house corporate counsel, Jason will help streamline the investment process and also lower transaction costs. As a corporate lawyer with a background in Big Law, he has a strong grasp of deal advisory details and investment strategy.”

Mr. Listhaus was previously a member of the Corporate department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, as well as an associate in the Financial Services group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He earned his joint J.D./M.B.A degree from New York University in 2013. Mr. Listhaus earned his B.A. degree in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from NYU in 2009.

Validity Finance has been steadily expanding in 2020. In June, Validity opened its first international office in Israel, the company’s fourth, alongside its U.S. offices in New York, Chicago, and Houston. The Israel office is headed by international-disputes lawyer Eli Schulman in Tel Aviv. Earlier this year, in March, attorney Joshua Libling joined Validity as a portfolio counsel in New York.


About Validity: Validity is a commercial litigation finance company that provides non-recourse investments for a wide variety of commercial disputes. Validity’s mission is to make a meaningful difference in our clients’ experience of the legal system We focus on fairness, innovation, and clarity. For more, visit

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