It has been a busy start to the year for Harbour as we continue to grow the team after our office move to Waterloo Place. We celebrated our move by holding a networking event in our new office for clients. Thank you to all those who attended an enjoyable evening and you can see some of the photographs of the event on pages 26-27.
We were also pleased to welcome Paul Lowenstein QC to the Investment Committee earlier in the year. Paul is widely recognised as one of the leading silks in civil fraud who has been involved in some of the most prominent civil fraud cases in recent years. Resolving civil frauds and asset recoveries remain an important part of Harbour’s funding for claimants. Paul’s article on remedies and procedures to combat fraud provides some vital practical considerations for claimants and lawyers involved in such cases.
Turning to the arbitration market, the Asia-Pacific arbitral seats remain consistently popular for parties seeking to resolve commercial disputes. In recognition of this, we have partnered with Coventus Law to produce a special report focusing on the state of Arbitration in the Asia Pacific region. The report goes into detail on each specific arbitral seat in the region but in this issue of Harbour View we have focused on Hong Kong. Dominic Afzali of Harbour’s investment team provides his views on the arbitration landscape in Hong Kong given his expertise in the region and how the market for funding arbitrations in the region can support arbitration in the region.
Finally, Darrell Porter, Senior Business Development Director of Harbour Solutions Group provides a useful insight on how Treasurers and CFOs within corporate claimants are approaching disputes and how Harbour Solutions Group is providing tailored solutions in helping them manage their litigation risk (see pages 8-10). Darrell brings to the Harbour Solutions Group a wealth of in-house expertise in finance and risk management, having held senior positions in leading banks for over 25 years.
Looking forward, the Harbour team will be participating in key events over the next few months. London International Disputes Week (of which Harbour is sponsoring) is taking place between 7 – 10 May 2019 and we are also excited to be participating in Hong Kong Arbitration Week this year by hosting the annual Harbour Lecture in Hong Kong on 21st October.
We look forward to seeing you all at these events. We hope you find the articles in this issue useful and the Harbour investment team are happy to discuss any queries you may have arising from its content.
Ellora MacPherson, Chief Investment Officer