IMF Bentham and Omni Bridgeway Announce Plans to Merge

October 16, 2019

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IMF Bentham Limited, the parent company of Bentham IMF, and Omni Bridgeway Holdings BV are delighted to announce we are completing arrangements to merge, creating a truly global company with over A$2.2 billion in capital to finance disputes and enforcement proceedings throughout the world.

Pioneers of the industry

The merger brings together two pioneers of the litigation funding industry with an unrivaled 33-year track record of funded and recovered claims throughout the world.

IMF Bentham began funding disputes in Australia in the 1990s and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2001. We have helped to shape today’s globalized dispute resolution finance industry through our expansion into the US, Canada, Asia and the UK.

Omni Bridgeway was founded in the Netherlands in 1986 and has been expanding ever since. Today, Omni Bridgeway is a leading financier of high-value claims and global specialist in cross-border enforcement, including against sovereign governments.

The  Omni Bridgeway group includes ROLAND ProzessFinanz, a leading German litigation funder, which became part of Omni Bridgeway in 2017, as well as Omni Bridgeway’s joint venture with IFC (part of the World Bank group). The joint venture consists of a dedicated fund and Dubai-based expertise centre aimed at assisting banks with the funding and managing the enforcement of non-performing loans and related disputes in the Middle East and Africa region.

Global team with local understanding

With this merger, IMF Bentham and Omni Bridgeway will achieve a shared goal of global diversification and presence in key markets, with 18 offices in 10 countries across Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the UK and the US. Our combined team has 145 professionals experienced in legal and recovery systems world-wide and fluent in more than 20 languages. This team includes professionals with wide-ranging expertise across all types of disputes and economists, financial experts, business intelligence and asset tracing professionals.

Our combined company brings the global reach and local understanding needed for today’s complex multi-jurisdictional and domestic disputes.

Strategic finance solutions – from inception to recovery

The merger will form a partnership built on complementary strengths and a formidable ally for clients. We will be a reliable global partner for individuals, companies and professional advisers seeking strategic finance solutions spanning from inception of a case through trial, appeal, enforcement and legal recovery. This includes:

  • funding and management of disputes, international enforcement of judgments and awards (including against sovereigns in all continents);
  • enforcement of non-performing loans of banks and subrogation claims of insurance companies; and
  • world-first After-the-Event cost protection cover in cost-shifting jurisdictions.

IMF Bentham will continue to be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the combined group will use the first-class business operations, reporting and accounting practices that have shaped IMF Bentham’s reputation as a trustworthy and reliable dispute resolution financier. The combined group will assume one global name and a rebrand projected for completion by 30 June 2020.

To learn more about the benefits of using a funder who can provide end-to-end finance for your claim from inception to recovery, please click here or contact us.