Litigation Finance 2.0: LexShares
Litigation finance-also referred to as third party litigation funding-was in its relative infancy as an asset class when Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky made a platform-play in the space. Seven years later, the market was far from "mainstream," but nonetheless had grown significantly, as had the litigation financing platform they founded, LexShares. They faced a cross-roads on what came next for LexShares-whether 1) to continue on with a focus to grow its platform marketplace for legal cases that outside investors could invest in; or 2) put a relatively larger focus on building their own asset management arm that sourced, chose, and invested in hand-picked cases for outside investors in a fund capacity. Greenberg knew that (2) might seriously encroach on (1), and was fraught with missteps shown through past unsuccessful platform transitions-but the potential upside provided by (2) had the potential to be nothing short of company-changing.