Investment Manager at Omni Bridgeway
Ruth is a cross-border international dispute resolution lawyer, qualified in Australia and the UK. She has 12 years’ experience in private practice at leading global law firms; in global dispute finance and at one of the world’s leading international arbitration centres. She has represented multinational organisations in, acted as tribunal secretary for and reviewed from a commercial and legal standpoint complex cross-border matters throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, USA and the Middle East in a variety of sectors including defence, telecommunications, construction, media, pharmaceuticals and natural resources. One of the first to set up and manage local operations for a global dispute funder in Asia, Ruth has been commercially assessing dispute prospects and funding cases in civil and common law jurisdictions in Asia, and globally, since 2015. She has also worked to develop regional political and legislative frameworks to allow third party funding in key Asian jurisdictions. Ruth is a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Task Force on Third Party Funding. Before joining Omni Bridgeway, Ruth was Managing Director for an exclusive broker to a global litigation funder in the Asia Pacific region. She joined the dispute finance market from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre where, as Managing Counsel, she led the arbitration team for several years and, in 2014, managed the Centre as Acting Secretary-General. Read moreView Profile Page
Why are the relationships with law firms important?
Relationships with law firms are key, particularly at this stage, at least in Asia, where the industry is still relatively nascent and developing, and a lot of cases come through law firms. Obviously, our relationships with them are very important. They need to see us as adding value; they need to see us as a collaborative partner in the dispute, as opposed to an obstacle to its pursuit. Again, all of the backgrounds of myself and other investment managers at Omni Bridgeway, we’ve all worked for top-tier firms. We know what it is like to be in private practice. We speak the same language, effectively. From that perspective, I think that firms find it easy to work with us. They see value in the strategic insights that we bring, because we know what it’s like to be in their shoes. That is certainly a way that our investment management team differs from other funders and does help with the origination process.