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The Economics of Litigation Finance

Speaker(s): Erika Levin, Reed S. Oslan, Scott Mozarsky
Recorded on: Jun. 21, 2019
PLI Program #: 275679

Erika Levin focuses her practice on international commercial arbitration, litigation finance, complex commercial and cross-border litigation, as well as enforcement and asset recovery. She serves as counsel and as an arbitrator and has had experience handling matters in the financial, music, construction, mining, energy, transportation, manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, retail, insurance, and technology sectors, in matters implicating the rules of the leading institutions.  Ms. Levin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves as an arbitrator for many of the leading arbitral institutions. Immediately prior to joining LBKM, Ms. Levin served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for a UK based litigation finance company. Ms. Levin previously practiced with Clifford Chance US LLP as well as Stone & Magnanini LLP (formerly the New Jersey office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP). 

Ms. Levin is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey as well as in the United States Supreme Court, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey.  She serves on the Executive Committee for the New York Branch for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the New York City Bar’s International Commercial Disputes Committee and the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Ms. Levin has spent over a decade as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University School of Law teaching international commercial arbitration, international sales law, international business transactions, fashion law, and serving as a faculty advisor and coach for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team from Rutgers.

Ms. Levin is a dual-citizen of the United States and Brazil, and she speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

REED S. OSLAN is a Senior Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and is based in the firm's Chicago office.

Mr. Oslan has over thirty years of successfully representing corporate clients in a vast array of commercial disputes, including breach of contract and fraud actions, claims relating to failed venture capital and other corporate transactions, purchase price adjustments, litigation matters concerning real estate and partnership disputes, and indemnity claims.  These regularly include billion and multi-hundred million dollar disputes.  He also has represented clients in international arbitrations in Switzerland, Germany, Canada and New York.

Mr. Oslan’s experience includes prosecution and defense of litigation claims in the context of reorganization and liquidation proceedings, including fraudulent conveyance and other adversary commercial disputes.  He has tried cases in the federal bankruptcy courts and is experienced with the unique procedures and strategies that are appropriate in those venues.  Mr. Oslan also has litigated many environmental actions, with both private parties and governmental agencies.

Mr. Oslan is the Chairman of the K & E Special Fee Committee, the group of partners responsible for alternative billing arrangements including contingent fee, flat fee, discounts and bonus arrangements, and regularly works with clients with respect to litigation finance.  For over twenty-five years, Mr. Oslan has worked extensively with K & E partners and clients in analyzing and structuring alternative billing arrangements.

Mr. Oslan graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1987 and was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 1987 and the Illinois State Bar in 1990.

Scott Mozarsky is Vannin Capital’s Managing Director – North America with overall responsibility for Vannin’s North American business.

Prior to joining Vannin, Scott was President of Bloomberg Law, leading Bloomberg’s business across the Legal Market. Scott was also responsible for building and leading the Bloomberg Next organization across Bloomberg's industry verticals, which included Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Scott held a number of executive business and legal roles during a thirteen-year tenure in the United Business Media plc Group. As President – Media & Marketing Services for UBM Tech, he was responsible for building UBM Tech’s Marketing Services business and driving the evolution of leading websites such as Information and EE Times. As EVP Chief Commercial Officer of its subsidiary, PR Newswire, Scott oversaw PRN’s commercial activities worldwide which involved spearheading the company’s efforts to meet the communications, marketing, investor relations and compliance needs of its customers.

From 2002-2009, Scott served as General Counsel and headed up Global Corporate Development and M&A for United Business Media Limited’s US-based subsidiaries. In that role, his organization played a lead role in transforming UBM from a North American-centric print media group to a global provider of integrated digital and live event solutions.

Scott also spent eight years at two multinational law firms representing media, technology, telecommunications, insurance and manufacturing companies. Scott, who speaks Japanese and lived in Japan, has advised numerous companies on business, financial and legal issues arising out of cross-border transactions.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Williams College and his J.D. from Fordham Law School.