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Richard Fields

Cashing In On Litigation

While hedge funds around the globe are watching their investments go up in smoke, one fund - Juridica Investments - has been enjoying nice returns. How? It puts its money in lawsuits. Launched in December 2007 by two lawyers, Richard Fields and Timothy Scrantom, Juridica gives money to Fortune 500-size companies or their lawyers in the early stages of corporate lawsuits in exchange for a share of the payout if the plaintiffs win or settle. (Think of it as a different form of investing in distress.)

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Richard Fields

July 20, 2017

(Fortune Magazine) -- While hedge funds around the globe are watching their investments go up in smoke, one fund - Juridica Investments - has been enjoying nice returns. How? It puts its money in lawsuits.

Launched in December 2007 by two lawyers, Richard Fields and Timothy Scrantom, Juridica gives money to Fortune 500-size companies or their lawyers in the early stages of corporate lawsuits in exchange for a share of the payout if the plaintiffs win or settle. (Think of it as a different form of investing in distress.)

With $200 million under management, Juridica has invested in 17 suits so far - and is two for two in decisions. Though Fields, 53, and Scrantom, 52, are based in New York City, they raised money by selling shares on the London Stock Exchange's small-companies market. The fund paid a dividend of about $5 million to investors last month after a big suit was settled. Juridica signs nondisclosure agreements, so it can't name names, but this one involved one hedge fund suing another for stealing an employee. Shares are up about 20% since the launch. Read More

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